Archive for July, 2007

27th July
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Here is an achievement from this week that makes me feel good about myself. I have successfully passed the certification exam for project management. So what does this mean? This means that i am now a “Certified Business Professional in Project Management”. This is issued by International Business Training Association (IBTA, which is a similar organization as PMI.

26th July
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Do it yourself – WoW!! its so cool phrase. There are all sorts of stuff available in market which will make you “think” that you could do it. Yes i am saying this out of my own experience :). Me and my wife are not huge DIYers but now and then when we bump into a doable (according to us ;)) we will not hesitate to jump in and get dirty. My wife is my best team mate she gives great support and motivation and not to mention very skillful.

Our big success story is constructing a recreation room in our house. Right after 5 months we moved into our house we started working on finishing a part of the house that was unfinished. Got some help in putting up the dry wall but after that we both finished the rest of the house. These pictures tell the story.

Prasanti Painting Suresh Painter floor.jpg
The result of which was theater.jpg

Our next project is to create a ‘home made’ studio. We have been searching a lot for tips and tools to create a home studio, ofcourse we are on a shoe string budget. So the first things i was looking for were backdrops. One would think that is not hard to find, yes it was not hard to find but were in the range of $100-$300. Thank you very much!!

So finally we thought through and asked what do we need for a backdrop. As we deconstructed what a backdrop is made of we thought why can not we do it using some simple tie and dye basics. Walla!! thats it we got it. Now it is time to decide to choose fabric which was fairly easy. Muslin was the first thing that poped up because it is cheap, its heavy, can efficiently absorb dye, has character and is not glossy. Thats it next day on our way back to home after work we went to hobby store and bought 3 yards of 108″ wide white Muslin, a packet of fabric dye and a twine. Total expenditure $20.00. We plan to get our hands dirty doing this over weekend. Will post how it went

21st July
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2007-07-16 to 2007-07-19
We drove to Kansas City,MO along with my mentor Dr. Hu to attend Workforce Innovation 2007. We were almost approaching Kansas City and i saw the sky changing its beautiful colors. I always loved to watch how many colors change in just those few minutes during dusk, finally now i get a chance to capture its beauty. In few minutes the sky would have just changed to just black.

Checked in and settled down for the night. After attending the first day of conference my wife and i headed over to County Club Plaza which was just a mile away. This plaza is basically a collection of about 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, what else could you ask for :). Here is a collection of some pictures taken there.

After getting to know about shutter speed from my previous shoot (fireworks) i started exploring ISO and WB in this shoot combining at different apertures. Ken Rockwell has been my motivator in capturing high saturation pictures, making colors jump.

2nd July
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After few hours of reading and figuring out optimal settings for shooting fireworks i headed out to test my skill this evening to fireworks show at Bellevue church. We will be in Atlanta for the big show on the 4th at Lenox Square. It was a good test run picked up some techniques. Never the less it was lot of fun to shoot. You can look at the fireworks album here in raw. These pictures are “as shot”.

Back from Atlanta
Successfully back from my trip to Atlanta. Came in a record time from ATL airport to home driveway 6 hrs 15 min. Very hectic trip but had to be done. I am glad everything went smooth in the trip. The main reason was to see off my in-laws who were flying from ATL to HYD. The best part is we all could make it for the fireworks at Lenox Square. This is my first time there. After testing waters shooting fireworks in Memphis, this was a great opportunity for me. Straight after checkin we made it to Lenox park by about 8.40pm, the fireworks were scheduled for 9.40pm. Thanks to some great tips i found online i chose to take MARTA instead of driving myself. This helped us save a lot of time, we could not only reach pretty fast but coming back to hotel was not bad at all. There was a huge crowd a great festive season. After making sure my rest of the family members are settled down i started setting up my camera before i lost the last few rays of sun. Here are my settings that i locked for the rest of the eve:

Camera: Nikon D80 on tripod
Lens: 18-50mm f3.5-5.6G
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: Bulb – for an unrecorded length of time
Date: 4th of July, 2007
Place: Lenox Square, Atlanta, GA

Once i got the camera focused i put the eye cover and was all set for the show to begin. Yes, the setup was on a tripod dont even think of doing otherwise. I would also recommend to get a remote i had a ML-L3. This helped me to just click away as i was watching. Also remote gives you ability to control your exposure if you want multiple exposure vs single shot. Here is a resource was very helpful for me to achieve this. See my album pictures are raw “as-is”. In the interest of faster download the only thing i did with the pictures is to resize for web. Check out my album and have fun. Thanks for stopping by. If you need me to expand more on my shoot please let me know (leave a comment).

1st July
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Finally it arrives, i was like a little kid trying to figure out all stuff right away. I then realized that i have to charge the battery and it takes 3 hours …oh god another wait!! Once the battery was ready to roll i couldnt wait any longer and started clicking away. Here is a picture that i liked in the random clicks.

Off to shoot some fireworks….