Gearing up: Received Baader AstroSolar film

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The last time I pointed my camera towards the Sun to photograph the 2009 Total Solar Eclipse, which is also a “once in a lifetime experience,” I had used a piece of a $9.00 Mylar Thermal Blanket instead of a proper solar filter in front of my lens. Well, that was not by choice but by chance as I was carrying a Mylar thermal blanket with me. Mylar blankets, which are made by vacuum depositing a very precise amount of pure aluminum vapor onto a very thin film substrate (Mylar), reflects upto 97% of radiated heat. This makes them very effective for preventing body heat from escaping. They are commonly used by campers as “thermal blankets” and also used in a lot of solar projects.

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An experience of a lifetime: Witnessing the longest Solar Eclipse of 21st Century

I consider myself very lucky to have witnessed the longest Solar Eclipse of the 21st century on July 22, 2009, which I saw from Varanasi, India. Scientists have predicated that such an event is not going to repeat until June 2132. I was reminded of my experience of that amazing celestial event, when I once again observed an annular solar eclipse the day before yesterday during sunset, which was partially visible from Dallas, Texas. The following post is an account of my experiences of the solar eclipse in 2009.

Coincidentally, I was already in India during that time, so I decided to travel to Varanasi, which is one of the oldest cities in the world, to observe the eclipse. The magnificent show of nature, lasted for 6 minutes 38 seconds in places which coincided with the point of maximum eclipse. The eclipse was visible from a narrow corridor through northern Maldives, northern India, eastern Nepal, northern Bangladesh, Bhutan, central China, and the Pacific Ocean, including the Ryukyu Islands, Marshall Islands and Kiribati.

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Extended corona — The corona (or crown) is directly visible only during totality.

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Inner corona and Prominence (the bright red loop).

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The Diamond ring (C3) — At third contact (C3) the brilliant diamond ring marks the end of totality.

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Partial Eclipse- Sometime after the first contact (C1).

(Continue to read more about the event, some more photographs and about solar eclipse photography)
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

"Engulfed in blue"

Cloud engulfed in blues

Humans have covered the face of the earth with deep concrete forests in the name of modernization and advancement. Once there used to be green trees everywhere I looked below while floating miles and miles across the great plains, mountains, and rivers. Nature used mostly organic forms on structures and engravings on the surface of the earth — very similar to my own form (when I have one!), and I felt happy as I could relate their shape to my own. Now I see regular geometric patterns — circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, trapezoids everywhere I look. I feel sad; I feel lost; I feel lonely. I don’t seem to belong here. I feel blue!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

Friends

Two friends sharing a ride.

I was waiting patiently for something interesting to happen on the street, looking through the viewfinder of my camera while squatting on the small staircase on the rooftop of my home in Kolkata. It was a summer afternoon and the heat had ensured that most humans were inside their adobe, leaving the streets empty. After a long wait, I finally saw two boys (friends I assume) approaching on a bicycle. Although the subject was not very interesting, I almost felt like I hit upon an oasis after the long wait, prompting me to immediately visualize the scene in a very idyllic setting — I didn’t care about the details any more, all I wanted was to capture the feeling. I felt that the best way to capture the feeling at that moment was to move away from a sharp photograph. I reduced the shutter speed and shook the camera just a little to get the impressionistic effect.

The ART and SCIENCE of photography – Will the balance cease to exist?

[This is a re-post of my thoughts from an earlier blog (Photographytalk.wordpress.com), dated 2010/07/07]

"Texas Rodeo"

Panned capture of a Rodeo event.

I have been pondering on this topic for quite some time now; so I was really very amused when I learnt about the recent announcement of the concept “Wonder camera” from Canon at the Shanghai Expo 2010 [See at engadget if you have not seen it already].
It is claimed that it will have massively high resolution (undisclosed as of now), a single lens capable of zooming from macro to 5000mm and take only video in which every frame will have everything in focus and in “perfect exposure” from near to far.
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The Left fist

[This is a re-post of my entry from an earlier blog (Photographytalk.wordpress.com), dated 2009/02/08]

"Red Fist"

Pepper have the form of human fist.

I found this pepper in a vegetable market. It immediately caught my attention because of its weird resemblance to a human fist. Interestingly this red pepper portrays a left fist evocating the feelings of socialism and communism (Please note that I do not profess any political agenda here).

Hello world (This is really my very first post)

[This is a re-post of my thoughts from an earlier blog (Photographytalk.wordpress.com), dated 2009/02/04]

"Network of Veins"

Network.

Hi, after a lot of wait, I finally put my foot forward to blogging. Here, I want to post about one of my most favourite topic of interest — Photography. I shall try to be as regular as possible and I will try to post almost anything and everything about the aspects of photography that interests me. Today’s post is mostly a “test” post while I try to get a feeling of blogging (feeling shy to say that I am getting into this so late).

So, here is my photo of the day.  It is a photograph of a barren tree on a cold, cloudy winter afternoon. To me it looked like a network of veins. I love the order in chaos.