Posts tagged ‘flickr’

March 7, 2010

Lovely Sunset over Bangalore, India

Bangalore, India

Lovely sunset with warm vibrant fading in the horizon and kind of leaving Inner Light to the skys above.
This is one of my favorite sunset shots due to various reasons

This was a shot from my new apartment @ Bangalore, India ! It is amazing what u can see when u take some time to look around. Generally we travel all over to get to see sights like this … atleast I do !!!

Also this was a first shot from my new Wide Angle (10-22mm !!!) It has got amazing clarity. Need to try a full size to see the details on the construction , the playground etc. Probably need to get some vijayanagar architecture shots to better leverage the wide angle.

October 6, 2008

Smugmug – First Impressions

‘Wow’, ‘Aah’, ‘Great’, ‘Wonderful’ …. [yeah all with caps !!] so goes the first impressions  with Smugmug.

If ur not aware – Smugmug is a family run, self sustaining, non external funded, profitable, web2.0 photo sharing site.

I had known about Smugmug for quiet sometime, but paying for the account, had made me a bit skeptical where there were lot of free alternatives. As I was using Flickr (and am still & will !) was looking for other alternative to load / categorize and share photos. Zooomr was quiet promising a year back. But after its move to Japan(couldn’t agree more with RaohlPop) and no promises or updates on the horizon , lost hope on the same. Wishes for Zooomr to spring back. Only time will tell.

Last week, was pulled back again to Smugmug, by Don’s passion and commitment to online photography and video sharing [if you already have not , definitely check out the video from Vincent using Canon Mark II]. Decided to tryout their photo sharing site. Signed  up for a trial account. The more I played around, the more tempting it became to use. You can use flickr / yahoo / picasaweb, based on what ur using currently, in the coupon/e-mail field & receive 50% off. Grab while it lasts.

Some of the prominent features I liked are [still trying out and finding treasures…]

  • The first statement in their about page – ” Most Internet companies dream of selling to bigger ones, and getting rich. We don’t”. It says a lot.
  • Amazing customer service support. I sent the first e-mail to real people, as the site suggests with a questions and got a reply in less than 10 mins. Later got a note from Markam, Director of BizDev for SmugMug. The query got resolved in the next one hour. It was amazing, considering that I was still having a trial account, and it was after hours, atleast for me – 6PM MST.
  • Amazing flexibility of customization and co branding [only Power and Professional Accounts]
  • Users don’t need to register to view photos / gallery [alongside with options for password protected private galleries]
  • Option to set price and sell photos [only Professional Account]
  • Open API , documentation and support [thru discussion forums, was able to find answers to most of my questions … ]
  • Surprisingly, I found about their offer of free Pro account for anyone developing applications using Smugmug API. Its a win-win for both, nice move. Yes , I am working on something, would definitely write about is once it gets pretty good shape !

My Smugmug account is still under customization and would provide a link once the same is complete.
Link to my Smug Account / Portfolio – LikeTheOcean
Link to the Smug Application – SmugBadge

July 15, 2007

Portlandia – A Tribute to Portland

Portlandia Statue, Portland, Oregon, USA

She kneels down
and from the quietness
of copper reaches out.


We take that stillness
into ourselves and somewhere
deep in the earth
our breath becomes her city.

If she could speak
this is what she would say:
Follow that breath.


Home is the journey we make.

This is how the world
knows where we are.


– Ronald Talney
(as seen on the Portlandia’s plaque)



P.S : Incidentally this got published in Schmap Portland Guide (Third Version)

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January 2, 2007

The Quest – HDR & Night Photography

I am beginning to like the combination of HDR and long exposures. If you have not heard of HDR u might want to check this, this and this.

I challenged if, the indoor (the bookshelf with the lighting), the street in the back and the statue with the appropriate lighting could be captured, with out being washed out or under expososed. After a couple of long exposure , I decided to go with HDR and this is the result. How do u like it ?

This marble state is in front of the Standard Insurance building, Portland, OR (pushpin 1 – wow this is amazing, u could see where this statue is located, Tx live) . Though this is named "The Quest", I read the locals call it "The Three Groins in a Fountain".

Not sure y this statue is so notorious , while most of the other art work at Portland get much applause.

P.S : when I was looking for some information on the above , Google , yahoo and failed to return appropriate results for "Portland statue" "Portland white marble stature" "Portland nude statue" and all combination. I finally got the information I was looking for from Flickr. Yes Flickr !!! – the photo sharing site.

Though the same in Google Image search and Live Image returned one of two images of the above , those sites did not have much information. In some cases it was a cached copy.

On the other had the tag search in Flickr gave the most appropriate results. Once I got the name of the statue (converted it to text – "The Quest" from the above image) Google was the King.

Flickr (and most of the social networking sites) are building up so much data around them and have a great potential to deliver things the machines are not yet able to perform well. Looking forward to how Yahoo (yes if u r not aware Flickr is part of yahoo) would leverage this toward Image Search.

December 7, 2006

Leaves – All Seasons


In Spring the leaves, Are clean and bright.

They green and glow, In summer’s light.

In fall they turn, To red and gold.

Then curl up brown, In Winter’s cold.

November 10, 2006

Reflections @ Hawthorne

My first try on Night Photography. It was a beautiful day, rather beautiful night. A walk on the willmate river @ Portland was always refreshing , but that late night stroll was entirely a rejuvenating experience

October 30, 2006

Night Shoot – Mt Hood

Each time I drove through I84, when I see Mt Hood standing so majestic, I wish at the least, I was not in the driver seat and at the extreme, was tempted to pull over at the emergency shoulder on the side of the highway and shoot out to my fullest the snow covered Mt. Hood.

I had always seen Mt Hood when I was on the way to somewhere and wanted to spend some quality time enjoying the splendor of the same. Hence when I first saw the ‘call for night shoot’ @ Flickr in PDX Ground, I was all game for it.

So yesterday several of Flickrites (Redgum, cinnabear100, outre, chief_dawg, WolfMana & myself) got together for a night shoot of Mt Hood headed by Redgum (Thanks a lot Redgum for putting it together). We drove to Trillium lake around 5:30 PM. Though the morning was bit foggy , the afternoon turnout to be bit more brighter.

The 15 second exposure limit on my S2 was bit restrictive, but still some of the shots came out good. Click on the picks to see a larger version @ Flickr, and here for a slide show.

Mt Hood Mt Hood from US 26, Pulled the car over the shoulder , ran across the highway and shot this. This actually is a HDR and I pretty much like the results
Mt Hood as reflected on Trillium Lake. It was around 7 PM and was quiet dark. Long exposure do create wonders. For a HDR version of the same check this out Reflections
Sunset ! Sun set @ Trillium Lake

The best part is I have never met the folks I went with yesterday, but it was fun, was a good team. Learnt new things, met some aliens, froze cold and got some good shots of Mt Hood. Meeting new ppl, learning their view and ideas, thank you Flickr for bring us all together (it is just not technology at the end, but how to make ppl use it).

Click here to see a VR Panorama of the view from Trillium Lake during daytime.

With the winter fast approaching , not sure of the probabilities of having one, but looking out for the next shoot out :)

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October 25, 2006

Get ur Zooomr Photos on WordPress Sidebar

Yes U read that right. U can pull all ur Zooomr photos into the sidebar of WordPress website. Of course, we still do not have a official Zooomr plug-in.

As I pointed out earlier, Zooomr API, seems to very closely resemble Flickr API (One of the reason for this could be to ease the transition from Flickr to Zooomr, if one prefers). That being said, thought would try to use the Flickr Sidebar Widget for Zooomr and bingo it worked.

Once U sign in for a Zooomr account (read this for y u should consider getting a Zooomr account), upload some of ur photos. In the ‘ Your Photos’ page, scroll down below to the RSS link. Copy this URL.

In the Flickr Widget paste this URL. UR all set. For an example to see this in live action take a look at my test site here. The one is the side bar is actually a Flickr Widget.

Now if only, we could have two occurrence of the Flickr widget (like the Text and RSS Widget) we could have one for Flickr and one for Zooomr.

I have sent the same via Feedback to WordPress Team. Would post here once I get any updates from them.

Update : There was no reply / Update from WordPress Team on the above request. It is quiet understandable. Zooomr has not yet released its API and probably WordPress was not intrested to make an option for something which is yet to be released. It would be really difficult, since tomorrow, the results of using zoomer using the Flickr widget might give different results. People here have no control over the same.
So what did I do – I used the Flickr Profile Builder for my Flickr and the Flickr Widget for Zooomr ;-). See my side bar -u can see both Flickr stream and Zooomr Stream [Use @ ur owe risk]. I felt, this was a good way to display both, till zoomer releases its API and someone developes a widget for it.

P.S : I feel that this should work the same, with Flickr Widgets / plug-ins that are available for self hosted WordPress blogs and other blog hosts too. But I have tested the same, only for blogs hosted @ I feel this is due to the way that Zooomr is creating the API in the first place. Thanks Zooomr.

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October 19, 2006

The World as I see

I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
I am the daughter of the elements
With whom Winter conceived;
To whom Spring gave birth; I was
Reared in the lap of Summer and I
Slept in the bed of Autumn.

At dawn I unite with the breeze
To announce the coming of light;
At eventide I join the birds
In bidding the light farewell.

The plains are decorated with
My beautiful colors, and the air
Is scented with my fragrance.

As I embrace Slumber the eyes of
Night watch over me, and as I
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is
The only eye of the day.


I drink dew for wine, and hearken to
The voices of the birds, and dance
To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.


I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.

But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which man must learn.

– Poem by Khalil Gibran

I liked the poem, thought I really do not concur with the poet on the last para

August 26, 2006

HDR – What the heck is it

Couple of days back, while enjoying the lovely shots @ Flickr, I came across this. It really got me locked, to know more about, making this kind of shot.

In layman terms, HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a post processing method, by which it is possible to get the different lighting levels together, in a single shot (which other wise is not possible with a normal camera).

It is interesting to note that this technique is getting mainstream, though it was predominantly created for Computer Graphics and Digital Games.

HDR In Action

Consider the below three shots, that were taken @ different exposure. All three shots had the below EXIF (Only the Exposure was different)
Exposure time 1/60 s + F-number f/2.7 + Max. aperture value f/2.7

img_4548_resize.JPG Exposure value 0.00 eV
In this shot with normal exposure, one could see the things inside the room and also, though a bit washed out, could slightly see what is out side
Exposure value -2.00 eV
This one with a -2 eV captures the outside scene, higher lighting) but the room gets more darker, one could not make out the things on the table
img_4550_resize.JPG Exposure value +2.00 eV
This one with a higher eV clearly captures the room, but the higher intense (out side) is totally washed out

The beauty of HDR is that using the above three different exposures, one could build (post process) to arrive at a shot like below.

The Model Apt

It is interesting to note that the final (single) shot had clearly captured the coolness in the room (u could even note the table lamp glowing, the reflections on the shiny teak table, the crystal clear glasses, the details on the wall hanging) and the detail in the outside view (the construction happening, the river, mountains, buildings etc)

Click here to look at more of my HDR Samples
The Flickr HDR Group too has a great collection too.
Look out for further posts talking about the Tools required and the Actual Techniques of HDR and other Related Resources

Update :
Refer to this Post for Tools & Techniques on HDR
This one page summary on HDR is quiet informative

May 18, 2006

My Photography Exposed

EDIT : U can access my Photography @ LikeTheOcean

Added a new static page that links invites you to login in to Flickr to have a look / comment and criticise on my photos.

I felt a pain in the neck whenever, I wanted to invite all my friends using Flickr’s inbuilt Invite Script, which incidentally allows only 3 invites at a time. I had always wanted a work around for this and Flickr did not seem to help on it (after posting on their forums). They are not ready to open this up, to avoid spamming on Flickr.

Anyways this is what I came up with. If you look at the arts section, clicking the photos / signup linkextLink.jpg would take you to Yahoo login page. Once you login with ur Yahoo ID (which eventually is the Yahoo ID, don’t u know Yahoo bought Flickr), you will be redirected to my photostream.

Then you can manually add me as you contact as you wish … If all this sounds complex, ignore it & Just Click ThisextLink.jpg.

UR Comments / Criticisms / Feedbacks are very valuable, do leave a couple of them (either here or on the Flickr SiteextLink.jpg) :)

Note : Since this is not the normal way to invite ppl to Flickr, leave a comment here if there are any issues … like u get a ‘page not found’ sort of thing when u click on the link.

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