Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Calcutta Trams | Experiments with the Nikon 18-200 VR

6.00 pm at the Park Street - AJC Bose crossing in Calcutta. All of a sudden, two trams come barreling out of the traffic at the intersection and continue their journey onwards, down Park Street.

Started in Calcutta in 1880, its been over 125 years that trams have been plying in Calcutta. Now, they are a dying breed, losing out in competition with buses and other forms of vehicular traffic.

Shot from the front seat of my car. Nikon D300 and Nikon 18-200 VR @ 200 ASA, 18mm and 1.0s at f5.6.

Calcutta Trams with the Nikon D300 and Nikon 18-200 VR

Friday, January 6, 2012

Yellow Marigold | Micro Nikkor 60mm AFD

A yellow marigold in the winter morning light.

Shot on the Nikon D300 and the Micro Nikkor 60mm AFD.

Yellow Marigold -  Nikon D300 & Micro Nikkor 60mm AFD

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Times have changed !

We have rung out the old year and ushered in the new.

I was going through my pictures last night and came across the pictures of my trip to Egypt in 2008. Tahrir Square – at that time – was a quaint old square, smack in front of the Egyptian Museum. People came, sat and saw the world go by.

Never did we expect that the people's revolution with its epicenter at the same Tahrir Square would force Hosni Mubarak out of power in 2011. Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters there, intensified pressure on president Hosni Mubarak to step down. The square - according to the media reports - was flooded with an estimated 500,000 Egyptians clamouring for change.

We were not destined to see history in the making. May be it was better that way. The picture last night brought memories flooding back.

Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt  2008
Tahrir Square circa May 2008

The world has changed since then. Starting with the Tunisia, we have seen revolutions across across Africa and the middle east. Whether the regime changes will work out for the better or the countries make a slow descend into a quagmire - only time will tell.

As conflicts rage on and with a few more wars on the anvil, how the world shapes up in the new year remains to be seen.

Anyway, lets wish the best for everyone. . .

Here’s to wishing all my dear readers a very happy new year.