Big Ben

Big Ben

I had just sold my 17-40 mm lens and was cursing myself for that because a 50 mm prime is quite inadequate for clicking architecture. And there is a great deal of that to be shot in London. After being mopey for a day or two (I don’t know how my wife put up with me) it occurred to me that I could always shoot slices of buildings with my 50 mm, and then stitch them up in Photoshop – just like a panorama. While most results were quite bad (missing slices, great variation in light across different slices and such), this one came out alright. I especially liked the amount of detail that the camera could capture around the clock area.

The picture here was a result of stitching together five, 8-megapixel images. You can click the picture to reveal the complete composition (composite?). I chose to post a “color-negative” version. Let me know if you’d like to see the real thing.

Update: The original non-negative version.

p.s. If the layout looks messed-up, you are probably on IE 6. You deserve a better browser!

O Sujan Majhi Re

O Sujan Majhi Re

I will not even try to conceal the fact that the “stylistic treatment” (big word eh!) of this picture has been inspired by Chromasia. As for the title, it’s a straight lift from The Bong Connection’s soundtrack. The first two lines of the song go like this:

O Sujan Majhi Re
Kon Ghate Lagaiba Tomar Naab

I studied Bengali for two years in school, and learned about as much as someone in Kolkata would learn in kindergarten. So my translation should be treated as highly suspect, but it should convey the gist of things:

O Boatman!
Who shall take your boat across (to the other bank of the river) [as suspected, I messed this one up]
To which bank shall you take your boat

Yes, “baul” gets butchered when translated to English. Anyway, given the condition of this boat, I hope that the Majhi has already abandoned it – if nothing else – in the interest of public safety.

Multiple sources of inspiration should make this post a “mash-up” – really the in thing these days.