Saturday, September 24, 2005

Chinese Lantern Festival in NTU

After around 1.5 years of renovation of the Chinese Heritage Center in NTU, finally they opened it for public on occassion of the Lantern Festival. Last years festival saw it closed only. However, this year was slightly better in that the center looks cool from inside with a red-creamish appeal. And ya! this poster there as well.

Nanyang Lake Decoration

The performances were quite few; and Nanyang Lake was quite dark with minimal decoration. Crowd was still quite okay; just that didn't see any of my 3rd and 4th year friends over there; probably because of the steadily decreasing quality of Lantern Festival.

Friday, September 23, 2005

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Photo Shoot at Chinese Garden

The ClubSnap members meet was organized at 6:00 pm. And 5:45 still, I was in my room only. Just rushed when I woke up, took my tripod, camera and ran for the bus. When in MRT, just did a regular checking of my camera. And phew! didn't charge my battery. The monitor show 2/3 :o. Anyway! can't do much.

Met the other members at MRT. Very nice group of ppl, very friendly. Especially, when seeing me carrying a small FZ5 camera, they instantly recognize that I am a starter; and start giving tips and all :). Esp. this guy I met today, who is a Unix administrator in HP, and has been clicking for more than 4 years. Very enthu, and very keen on getting the basics and techniques of photography correct. His details on each and every minor thing were just amazing.
The garden was very well decorated. Pagoda was looking very beautiful. There were also statues of humans and animals, which I suppose narrated the old chinese stories. While roaming arnd, we met across this group of kids who were burning crackers. What caught attention was this girl in the middle, very innocent looking, very quiet. The look at her face along with the light of candles in front of her made it really nice.

After clicking a lot of photos of the girl and her friends, I headed towards the lake in front to take reflections. And then suddenly, battery went dead. Arrghh!! Not now; we just started only! Anyway, I resolved to buy spare battery pack asap; and keep it always charged.

From that point onwards, I just roamed arnd and tried to learn from other ppl. I took my friends huge canon DSLR in my hands and clicked some photos. He was using a tele-lens; that's why huge. Also enjoyed learning from these ppl abt photography; its various techniques, ways of learning. And the quote as always "Its not camera that matters, its the person behind the camera who is important".

Its fun going over to these meets. Probably, if my battery hadn't gone out today, I wudn't have checked out what others think abt photography, and wouldn't have tried hands on that huge DSLR as well. Today I got lot more than what I wd have got otherwise. And, it was a very great experience. For now, I am just too eager to read the book on photography I am carrying in my hands :D.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Finally flickr!

After having lotsa doubts and checking out all other photo sharing systems; finally tried flickr. Installed its uploading tool. Liked it instantly. Just right click on any photo and upload it.. very friendly.
The tool can upload lots of photos coz it reduces the size of photos to arnd mere 100kb.
For all these reasons, and that I dun have to pay anything right now, I created an account. Here's the link
And also a group for open source enthu ppl to link their flickr photos: