Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
not really, its not. Proof of how windy Ireland can be. While we were on the west coast, we went for a walk along the cliffs in evening and it was quite windy and when we arrived back, a friend of mine took this shot and we were totally going nuts /laughing about how crazy I look in it :), I like craziness :D
So, do i look crazy enough :D?
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
The first one is by "Rock Star Physicists" (thats how TED introduced) Brian Cox and how LHC at CERN will help us write the next chapter.
This one is by Brian Green (minuscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions) and has some very interesting visualization for understanding.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
To start off, am using the following softwares:
- Windows Live Photo Gallery - browsing images
- PhotomatixPro 3.0 - for generating HDR images from single RAW files and for tone mapping (the most imp. step for HDR processing). And mentioned in various tutorials I read, it does a much better job than Photoshop, so if you wanna do HDR, go for PhotomatixPro
- Photoshop CS2 - for some final cleanups, adjustments. If you generate HDR from different exposures shots, you can do much more stuff in photoshop layering 3/4 different versions of the shot and combining with tone mapped version. As I was using single RAW file, i only did few minor adjustments for filtering etc.
Final, HDR processed images:
I like the second one better, the cliffs of moher one. The first seems very blue with clear blue sky and blue water. I didn pretty similar processing on both images. I followed this tutorial on youTube.
One thing, its an evolving exp.; the more you do it, the more you learn and get better in finding the right tone, texture for the HDR.
What do you think, do the images looks any good?
Some people think, its not true HDR becoz of single exposure RAW file and its just tone-mapping. Anyway just mentioning.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I own a Nikon D40 DSLR and am using Photoshop CS2. But there seems to be some issues with the plugins used in Photoshop CS2 not being able to read the NEF (Nikon's RAW file format).
There is lot of discussion on forums n on flickr about it and after searching in the forums here is the simplest solution (there are all sort of issues being raised in forums about it, uninstalling nikon softwares, re-installing CS2, for some it just works, for some it doesn't etc etc)
The problem lies in the Camera Raw plugin for Photoshop. But the currently avaliable version of Camera Raw i.e. 4.4.1 (supoprts D40) but doesn't support Photoshop CS2, min. requirement is Photoshop CS3. Great, its not that I am using version 6 or 7 of Photoshop, I have CS2, what now. I tried looking for older version of it, again surprisingly Adobe doesn't have any link on current version page to older versions.
Version 3.7 of Camera RAW is right version for Photoshop CS2. But after trying numerous times, I couldn't download the file from Adobe website, the link just doesn't work. Bit shite on Adobe part that it so complicated for such known problem and finding the correct version of Camera RAW. Everyone doesn't have the latest CS3 and why, no backward compatibilty.
Finally, I found version 3.7 here. Download the one for CS2. After downloading the file, go to
And finally, Photoshop is able to read the NEF files, so I'll post some HDR processed shots over the weekend.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
So we decided to have some warmth by drinking coffee and by then we started see a bit of sun over the hill but it was still heavily misty n foggy like 50-100 mts over us.
Still unsure, we decided to have a walk up the hill and see how it looks. And that was best of best decisions :) .. it started to get clear, sunny, warm, less windy.. almost like we went to different place
Now we were over the misty n foggy weather alongwith the sun :D (gotta say this again.. we don't get so much sun out here). And it was one of most scenic n surreal moments, was just amazing - the view, weather.
And we spent almost 3/4 hours hiking all over the hill (almost to next town - Greystones). Amazing how weather plays.
People enjoyin the sun over the Bray Head.
My fav. shot of the day:
And oh thats Bray Head Hill, n as you can see, its not that high and difference of weather was almost unbelievable.. one of best days in Ireland :)
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
And we decided to spent the night at a small village "Doolin" near the footsteps of the clips and had a leisurely walk during evening to the cliffs. Doolin - aas very relaxing and the slow pace of life, friendly locals, live music. We took an early morning drive to the cliffs again. It was nice n warm at 7 AM, we were lucky to have such good sunny weather.
We headed to the very west of Ireland, town called Clifden, bypassing Galway city, driving all the scenic coast, limestone hills, small villages, narrow roads with 100 km/h speed limit (not really, we could only do 50 max on those roads, very surprising). It was just great. The weather was once again on our side, bright, warm, sunny. A local in Clifden told us to go up north side, its called the "Sky Road" and it was probably one of the best spots I have visited.
We started driving towards "Westport", city on the upper west side. And while driving there, we came across this spot "small beach n hills on both sides, nice blue water" (i guess the name was Moorneen or am not sure) but it was so nice, we spent like 4 hours there, just relaxing, sleeping, lunch, walking along the beach, frisbee, and finally some of us dared to go for a swim also. Just thinking of it, wants me to go back there :D .. was gorgeous
Some more (i can keep on going):
We headed to "Westport" through the Connemara National Park. I let the pictures talk -
At westport, pics talk again -
It was my first time to west, and i really enjoyed it and need to go there more often. If you visit me, we def. need to do a drive down west or south or north. Its Ireland at its best.
Thats my new google homepage, its nice new feature of iGoogle homepage and every-time I open iGoogle, I like the new welcome page and its design and the best part is that it changes every-time I login. Its the new feature released by google last week and it lets you add new designs by some of the world most famous artists n designers n etc. I have the Marc Ecko template.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
May 5 or atleast the holiday is on May 5th. I think, its mostly the International Worker's Day or Labour Day, the article on wikipedia is too confusing with all sorts of stuff, religion etc etc. Another reason to post was, starting of this year, I thought I should post more often, atleast in double digits every month. But last 2 months, only had single digit posts. It should improve this month :). More later..
I am starting to enjoy HDR photographs more n more, normally I don't like processing of shots to make effects or clean-ups or .. (mebbe thats another reason I never tried harder to learn photoshop :)). But HDR gives an extra angle to the image, feels more real, there's something in those shots which I can't explain but always catches my attention. But sadly, my D40 doesn't have auto-bracketing feature to shoot continuous shots with different exposures. Thou' I can still try with single RAW image. Hopefully I'll post some of my shots in HDR soon, first have to shoot something in RAW.
If you wanna see some more, here are the best HDR shots from Stuck in Customs on flickr.