Rohit Ravi‘s works are an inspiration. When I talked to him for an interview, I had forgotten to ask the details of this shot. Amends made now.
This image was shot at Cherai Beach,Cochin on new year day morning. We started the shoot early in the morning and this was one of the last shots at around 9AM.
The camera was set on manual exposure – 1/250, f/7.1 and ISO 100. Flash was set off-camera using Yongnuo 622C HSS trigger and my assistant was pointing it at the couple. I used a Camera 6D with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for this photo.
The first post in antzFxWay was published on May 2008. It’s been 6 years since we have been making our presence in the web.
Our own voice
Initially, it was antzfx‘s effort that ran the blog. 6 months down the line, fullfx - me, realized that I can contribute too to the blog in a meaningful way. Since then, between us, we have published 182 posts in total.
We have met new people, made new friends, interacted with masters in their respective field during these years. It has been exciting and most rewarding to us.
For all the effort that was put into making new content, it is disconcerting to see the response being somewhat lukewarm. The Bounce rate is alarming. So is Avg. Session Duration. So is every other metric.
To put the above metric into perspective, lets analyze the growth of a somewhat similar site. dPS started its operation two years before us. Now they are inside the first 5,000 most visited sites. We are placed north of 16 lakhs by the same system of ranking.
Over the years we were quick to justify the poor performance citing our commitment for creating great content as opposed to creating popular content. But I now realize that it is just an excuse for not trying harder. The real reason for the lack of growth is that somewhere along the lines, we lost passion. We stopped making great content on a regular basis.
I know that the trick is to keep trying; more vigorously than before. Faith, more than hope, should drive us forward.
In that positive note, let me thank you all for the faith and encouragement you have shown us over the years.
Earlier we have featured an interview with the talented wild life photographer, Praveen P Mohandas. His works still amazes me to no end. His works are never an insane close up of an animal; rather they convey a sense of time and space. The image above is another example of his unique vision.
“The image was made at Kole Wetlands, Thrissur, Kerala. The image was taken just after sunset with the last glow of the sun in the sky. The birds were having their last feed of the day in a small irrigation canal from where they pump water for the fields. As the pumping progresses, the fish in the canal comes to the surface and whiskered terns and egrets come in large numbers to feed on then.” Continue reading →
The commonly available reflectors are of the size 30 inches. But I wanted a 12 Inch reflector. I was quizzed by a friend of mine as to why I was trying to buy a small reflector compared to the bigger ones.
I blurted out – easy to carry around. That raised many a number of questions.
Why a small one – in particular?
[Left] 12 Inch reflector folded into a case [Right] 12 Inch reflector placed on top of 30 Inch reflector
In an earlier post, we discussed the various options that exist to ease the pain of chopping vegetables. From the three models from Philips we listed, we bought the model 7629. Here is a review of this model listing its capabilities.