Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kiwi Delight :)


Kiwi Delight :) , originally uploaded by SwappyIT.
Camera Details:
Canon EOS 60D
Canon 50mm f1.8

Setup Details:
Soft Light from Window
Wide Aperture (1.8)
Kiwi
A Beautiful Plate :)
and Most Important : A Light source which can be concealed easily ;)
[ I used the same Torch Light that I used here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/swappy/6235025691/ ]

Evaluative Metering for Nicely Lit ambiance

Cost:
Kiwi: 40Rs
Light Source: 60Rs
Plate: 30 Rs

And that's It, you have a Nicely Lit Kiw
Experiment with More Objects , Lemon, apple, Grape, Pineapple ;)

Keep Clicking

Comments And Critique are Very Welcome.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The "2 Minute" noodles :)


The "2 Minute" noodles :), originally uploaded by SwappyIT.

My First take on Food Photography.
No editing except Border done.
I thing I missed on ample Light, Please suggest.

I am an amateur and a Learner, so Please Comment, Critique and help me learn.
Any and every Comment will be a +note to my journey.

Thanks

The DOORS

Winner Scott Kelby WorldWide Photowalk 2011 - Pune Maharashtra

Finally, My First Photography recognition.
Shot during Scott Kelby's Annual Photowalk, at Pune.

A Bit dar on the Upper left corner, but probably that's what devided the image into Dark and Bright Zones, With the Diagonal Bar acting as a partition.

Editing done: Heavy
1. Noise reduction using Noise Ninja and Photoscape (This was shot on a Cloudy day with My Old Loyal Friend Panasonic Lumix FZ18)
2. Cropping and Rotating to Make the perspective horizontal (I took this pic crouching low due to small er distance and lack of Wider Angle)
3. Upped the Saturation by approx 10%
4. Selective Sharpening using Photoshop on The text to make it more Legible.

worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/pune-maharashtra-india/

I am an amateur and a Learner, so Please Comment, Critique and help me learn.
Any and every Comment will be a +note to my journey.

Thanks

Smoke on the Water


Smoke on the Water, originally uploaded by SwappyIT.

Another Picture taken at Kavdi Pat a bit earlier than the previous one.

No Color Tempering done, The Fog rising out from the Water, the small island of Mud, and Ripple gave it a dreamy appearance.
Corrections Done: Slight Cropping (a Distracting Branch on bottom Left ), Auto White balance done in Canon Software.

Please Suggest Corrections / Changes That you would have Loved to be a part of the click.

I am a Learner, an Amateur , so Any Comment/Critique will be a +ve note for me.

Smoke on the Water


Smoke on the Water, originally uploaded by SwappyIT.

Picture taken at Kavdi Pat, 20 Kms from Hadapsar(Pune), India.

It's a Very early morning shot, with basic Corrections (upped the exposure 1 Stop, Selective Sharpened the tree, No Cropping done).

Please Suggest Corrections / Changes That you would have Loved to be a part of the click.

I am a Learner, an Amateur , so Any Comment/Critique will be a +ve note for me.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

That tiny li'l Drop


That tiny li'l Drop, originally uploaded by SwappyIT.

A Back Lit Gerbera with a tiny Droplet, Spot Metering to give a nice dark background, and back lit to give a Subtle Glow.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Experiments with Lens Reversal and Metering Modes

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Lens Reversal, a set on Flickr.

Experimenting With Various Metering Modes and Lens Reversal on My Canon 60D with 50mm f1.8 II
Verdict: Steady Hand, Reversal Ring, and a Tripod Mounted Light is MUST for Lens Reversal

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mumbai


www.Swapnilkocheta.com, originally uploaded by SwappyIT.

Juhoo Beach Mumbai . all Playful, All Vibrant , All Alive .. on the Eve of Anna's March against Corruption.

Via Flickr:
Swapnil,Kocheta,Swappy,Mumbai,India

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Make your Own Frame / Border

How to make a frame/border:

Tip 1: Using Canvas Resize
  • Click Ctrl + Alt + C to open Canvas re-size tool
  • Depending on your image size and color, choose a color and size (in pixel or as percentage). Here we have chosen Black color and a 40 Px (relative) to give the first Black Border for image.
  • Next step would be to create the Mount (the outer White/creme border sheet effect), Again use the Canvas Re-Size tool, and this time take a decent relative size (I have taken a size of 600 Px for this particular frame for original picture size of 3456 X 5184) and select the color which you'd want for the mount. Here we have selected White, we could have alternated this for a darker picture , with first border being white , with a Black Mount.
  • Final step Would be to create the Outer Frame (we have skipped the middle thin Border, which will be taken up in next Tip). , Again use Canvas Re-Size tool and select a relative size for border (here we have used a 200 Px Border).
Wollah ! We have a decent Frame Ready. You may want to play with various color combinations , and Sizes.

Tip 2  : More Control , More Jazz
This tip can be used as standalone or in combination with the previous tip.
  • Enlarge the Canvas to a decent relative size (say 20%) with Appropriate background (here White).
  • Choose the Rectangular Marquee tool and draw a rectangle outside the Photograph but within the Canvas. Be cautious to have equal spacing on either sides, you might want to use grids or guides for precision.
  • With current selection , make new layer either via ctrl+shift+N or by layer > new layer.
  • Select paint tool (G) and fill the new layer with desired frame color/pattern/gradient.
  • Now Contract the Layer by going to Select > modify > contract 
  • Choose the size which you'd want the border to reflect , Say 40 Px
  • press delete or ctrl + X to delete the selection. This step will basically remove the contracted part, leaving the frame size selected above (40 Px).
  • You have a standalone layer which can Act as a frame , you have ample creative freedom to play with the blending options , add shadow, pattern, glow, bevel etc. and You have the option to move the frame to any location you feel appropriate.

Tip 3: Fastest approach ,  least useful.
  • Go to Picture layer, right click for Blending options,
  • Add Stroke
That's all now play with the size , inner , outer, soft settings and will give you quite some options.

Share it if you liked the article, Comment if you'd want me to elaborate on steps, and Suggest if you have a better workflow which we could take up.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

My Place, My Mess


My Plcae, My Mess, originally uploaded by SwappyIT.
According to Psychologist Samuel Gosling, All you need to know about a person , is to Visit the place he lives in.

Well Mine would read, Chaotic, Over Organized Mess, Lazy and half hearten, Impatient but Passionate, Dreamer and a Sleeper :)


Reference : http://www.monitortalent.com/talent/Sam-Gosling-Profile.html

http://www.wikisummaries.org/Blink:_The_Power_of_Thinking_Without_Thinking

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Rigging Ragging Rafting - Rishikesh 2011

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn't have any doubt it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn't want to go anywhere else.
- Hal Boyle

Rigging Ragging Rafting - Rishikesh 2011

Pic Taken at Rishikesh , Parmarth Niketan Post the Ganga Aarti

On a Sunny cloudy Monday Morning

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Frankie Says Relax :-): The Tragedy of being 25+ in an Indian BSchool

A Very interesting, realistic and hence Scary insight into the Life that would soon be . . .

Frankie Says Relax :-): The Tragedy of being 25+ in an Indian BSchool: "One of my DCE friends(2007 batch) has got into IIM this year and the poor soul is extremely excited about this screw up. The mean streak in ..."

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rigging Ragging Rafting - Rishikesh 2011

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I N D I A, a set on Flickr.

XPLORING
I N D I A


Clicks and Memoirs form My recent excursion to Rishikesh, and First ever Rafting adventure.

Truly India is God's own Land, pristine clear water, variety of people, Culture, soil, and It takes everyone in.

Proud to be an Indian.