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Mar '08

bring the world together | wish

Jehane Noujaim’s wish: “I wish to bring the world together for one day a year through the power of film.

In this hopeful talk, 2006 TED Prize winner Jehane Noujaim unveils her wish: a global acceptance of diversity, mediated through the power of film. The first step? Getting people to understand each other. In 2003, Noujaim gained access to both sides of the story of the Iraq war for her film Control Room, a dichotomy she illustrates with provocative clips of Al Jazeera journalist Sameer Khader and U.S. press officer Josh Rushing.

Noujaim ends by outlining her plans for Pangea Day, an event in which people all over the world can watch the same films at the same time. Watch the video for full talk.

Below are a few the Pangea Day trailer …


So mark this day “May 10, 2008″ and be part of Pangea Day.

For more info visit

Mar '08

sweet riya

sweet riya, originally uploaded by akshath.

Shot at Ponnampet, Coorg, Karnataka, India.

Mar '08

Financial Reflections - One Light

Check out this out of the camera image by Cesar T. Sanchez. This is pure brilliance and amazing execution.. do think about how this was done .. before you check this setup shot.

Mar '08

A quick start guide to Strobisim

Many people do not dare to experiment with light or use their flash and feel flash is bad and run away from it. While few others try to learn how to use their flash but find it difficult or get lost in the pool of information that they find them self with.

May a times people have asked me were they can learn about lighting and I have a standard answer i.e, I refer them to David Hobby’s blog at Strobist and tell them its one stop place to lighting nirvana.

So why am I writing this? Good question.., the thing is that if you remember your first day at college.. one can easily get lost in the vast campus.. something similar happened to me at ‘University of Light’ run by our dear professor David. And I have the feeling that I am not alone here since may of my friends also said the same that they had got lost in the pool of information that’s available at Strobist. Though the site has lot of information it is organized differently and it takes time to get the hang of it.

So here I would like to help you my fellow photographer in your pursuit of light by providing you with a quick start guide to Strobisim. So what this will do is tell in a very basic form what Strobism is and what are its principals and what it can do for you and your photography. So once you get a taste of this you have to go to our Strobist for more of this and I bet you will be around there for a very long time to come.

Below you can see few of my photographs that use technique that I have learnt at Strobist; this should give you some idea.

So who is this for?

This article is for any one who has a decent camera that would allow manual mode (can control aperture and shutter independently) and would like to learn about lighting to improve his photography. Your camera should also have a hotshoe or ‘pc*1 sync function’ to allow use of external flash. I will assume that you have basic understanding of a camera operation and know what a aperture or shutter is. If you like to brush up your skills do go through this excellent tutorial by Jodie Coston @ Here we would be learning basis of light and how to control it and this is not for people looking for everything auto .. stuff like ttl .. so if you are looking for it then you are better off searching in google.

More after the jump… (more…)

Mar '08

going for the kill..

so you want it.. you get it ;)

What The Duck

Mar '08

Time to freeze time

Watch this amazing youtube video.. were people join together to freeze Grand Central…

very creative and funny.. enjoyed watching it over again and again.. imagine doing this in India.. ? :)

Talking about creative stuff… i am not a big fan of Microsoft .. but they have started to do some really cool stuff.. at their new initiative ‘Microsoft Research’ .. first there was this incredible Photosynth and then there was Bird’s Eye views and now WorldWide Telescope (soon to be launched)

Do checkout a sneak peek into WorldWide Telescope from Ted

But if you want to explore the skys today.. you should head to Google Sky.. its available right now..

Google Sky