In-Synch to Bangalore

Infinity events organized a fusion evening led by Niladri Kumar in Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore on Sept 16, 2010.

I photographed the event and some of the images I liked from the evening are below:

Pandit Jasraj with special appearance

Pandit Jasraj with special appearance

It was a lively crowd with good performance from the artists. Pick of the day for me was Gino Banks with the lights out performance and light emitting drum sticks.

More tiger news – 1 killed, 1 smuggle attempt

If post of villagers killing royal bengal tiger was not enough, a lady was caught in Thailand with a sedated tiger cub amongst other soft toys as tiger. The officials found the cub somehow and rescued it. Complete BBC story.

Another shocking old story with a Chinese man eating an Indochinese tiger.

Captive tigers in Thailand

Captive tigers in Thailand

“Fewer than 1,800 Indochinese tigers are thought to be living in the wild, in the forests of Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Burma.”
complete story of this zapping incident on BBC

Human conflict claims Royal Bengal tiger

In one more incident of human conflict with wildlife, a royal Bengal Tiger has been killed by the villagers in Bangladesh. The tiger entered village and was then not allowed to go back alive!

“Forty-one incidents were reported in Bangladesh in the first six months of 2010, compared with 58 in the whole of 2009. So far this year 26 people have been killed by tigers, officials say.”

You can read the complete story on BBC

More birds expected at Ranganthittu

Ranganthittu bird sanctuary

Ranganthittu bird sanctuary

The Forest department of Mysore is planning to add another 7 acres of islets surrounding the areas of Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary. It is expected to draw more birds in the migration season and provide bigger space for the birds to breed and stay longer. Maybe even make this place their home.

Some of the birds which are already breeding and staying here are Spoonbills, river tern,pelican and more. More details of this news can be found at this link.

Good machine setup for Photoshop

Do you use Photoshop for post processing and image manipulation?

John Nack from Adobe has a recommendation on what the machine should have inside its box to be able to run smoothly to perform the heavy duty algorithmic edits on your images. Please refer to his post where he discusses RAM and other technical things which a photographer might find easy to choose the individual components for a custom machine.

Bandipur nature workshop

I was in Bandipur for the past 3 days to observe the forests and try my luck with any cat sightings. In a matter of 3 days we undertook 7 safaris in the hope of sighting a tiger.

We were a big team of like minded avid photographers. The eyes were exploring all bushes on way to identify the striped cat. The interest was not merely that for me as I seem to have started enjoying the ecosystem and understanding the natural habitat as a whole.

The lure of sighting a tiger is definitely thrilling but at what cost? Giving animals enough space in their habitat is extremely i

Tiger pumarks fresh in Bandipur

Tiger pumarks fresh in Bandipur

mportant. The sighting included a large Tusker. I can now easily decipher the differences in the physical appearance from its African counterpart.

The gaurs are massive animals but shy. Do not mistake them for their shyness as they are heavily built and can cause big damage. The mongoose and peacocks were present for us to capture them.

The big sighting for the team was a female tigress which seemed like pregnant due to its sagging belly. A trip to be remembered and cherished for a long time. No clicked images but time just went by observing the grandeur of the cat walk in its own backyard.

This week has been really good with sightings as around 8 were reported by forest guards and 3 by fellow travellers during the 3 days. The forest guards and rangers sighted a family as well. The park seems in safe hands at the moment until we hear any bad news.

The sightings were not only on land as we saw many birds in this lush green landscape after the monsoon season.

Canon 2010 lens, body, extender announcements

Canon has a plethora of announcements for digital still photographers with a successor for EOS 50D, L series lenses and next generation extenders.

Canon 60D

  1. 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  2. Vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) 3:2 ratio LCD with 1,040k dot resolution
  3. Full HD movies with manual control
  4. DIGIC 4
  5. ISO 100-6400, H:12800
  6. 5.3fps shooting for up to 58 JPEGs
  7. 9-point cross type AF System
  8. iFCL metering with 63-zone Dual-layer Sensor
  9. Integrated Speedlite transmitter
  10. In-camera RAW processing

Luxury lens series announcements

70-300 F/4.5 – 5.6L

  1. An eight-blade circular aperture also offers excellent bokeh ideal for portraiture, producing a more pleasant background and creatively isolating the subject.
  2. As part of the L-series range, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM is supplied with a lens hood ET-73B and lens case LP1424 as standard.
  3. With a minimum focusing distance of 1.2m (3.9ft) throughout the zoom range, photographers can achieve sharp results, even when close to the action.

8-15 F/4L

  1. Ghosting and flare caused by strong light sources can be a particular challenge when shooting at such a wide angle, and, in order to counteract these artefacts, all lens elements have been covered with Canon’s Super Spectra Coating.
  2. To maintain optimum image quality, the front and rear lens elements also feature a Fluorine Coating which actively repels water.

300L 2.8 IS II and 400L 2.8 IS II USM

  1. Each features a completely redesigned optical system and the latest iteration of Canon’s original Image Stabilizer (IS) technology.
  2. A 4-stop advantage offers greater image quality during hand held shooting, allowing users to shoot at speeds up for four times slower than normally required with minimal additional blur.
  3. All-new magnesium alloy construction and titanium components ensure the designs are both robust and lightweight.
  4. Both lenses feature 16 elements in 12 different groups, using high performance fluorite lens elements that correct chromatic aberration to deliver high resolution and high contrast shots of the best possible quality.

500L f/4 IS II and 600L f/4 IS II USM

  1. Each will include the highest quality components, featuring high specification Image Stabilizer technology.
  2. Optical materials such as Fluorite, to correct aberrations ensuring high resolution images rich in detail and contrast.
  3. Redesigned, lightweight bodies will provide added mobility alongside enhanced protection against dust and water, making them ideal for the toughest shooting conditions.

The new lenses will be displayed for the first time in Europe during Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

EXTENDERS

Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III increase the focal length of a lens by a factor of 1.4x and 2x respectively while still delivering superb image quality.

  1. The Extender EF 1.4x III features three lens groups of seven elements, and the Extender EF 2x III features three groups of nine elements, ensuring improved optical performance.
  2. A new Fluorine Coating on the front and rear elements makes marks, such as spots left by water or fingerprints, much easier to clean than standard coatings.
  3. To facilitate the accurate transfer of imaging data between the lens and camera body, both models feature an integrated processor which ensures all focusing, metering and ID information is available.
  4. For convenient transport, the 225g Extender EF 1.4x III and 325g Extender EF 2x III are supplied with a soft case (LP811) and Extender Cap EII.

All of the new equipment especially the lenses come at a steep price and have been manufactured with true professionals in mind.

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