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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Our Jack-o'-lantern for Halloween!

A jack-o'-lantern, sometimes also spelled Jack O'Lantern, is a carved pumpkin or turnip. Typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out. An image (usually a monstrous face) is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. During the night, a candle is placed inside to illuminate the effect. Jack-o'-lanterns are associated with the holiday Halloween.

Halloween originated from the Pagan festival Samhain, celebrated among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century. Halloween is now celebrated in several parts of the western world, most commonly in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

As a part of Amiya's school activities, she had pumpkin picking and bought home this pumpkin & wanted halloween! Initially I did not know what she meant & then later realized what she is asking for. Equipped with a kitchen knife, we attempted making this jack-o-lantern & this is what it turnedout to be.

Taken on 30th October 2007 using my Nikon D50

Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 6 seconds with no tripod

Monday, October 22, 2007

Tropical Rain forest

Rainforests are home to two-thirds of all the living animal and plant species on the planet. It has been estimated that many hundreds of millions of new species of plants, insects and microorganisms are still undiscovered. Tropical rain forests are also called the "jewels of the earth", and the "world's largest pharmacy" because of the large amount of natural medicines discovered there. They are characterized by heavy rainfall, thick lower cover and they are pretty humid which makes them the ideal scenario for flora & fauna to thrive.

The picture above is a man-made rainforest inside the Bronx Zoo in up-town Manhattan... LOL
Taken on 20th October 2007 using my Nikon D50
exposure: (1/125) th of a second
F Stop : f/5.6

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Madison Town Fair - Fire works

We had been to the fireworks that concluded the Madison town fair at the Madison Highschool grounds. Madison is the neighbouring city to Morristown (The fact is that there should be atleast a 50 Madisons in the United States - of varying sizes). We chanced upon this when we had been to Kushal's 3rd birthday party at the Vijays' and one of the guest - Paul - made a mention of the fireworks.

At the end of the fireworks, I realized that I am still a novice in photographing fireworks - Only a few decent ones came out out of the 50 odd photos I clicked. The very less response time available for focussing and the timing of the click are the things that I found that I should be working on. There were a couple of very good photos - if not for the bright spot of the blast in some and the smoke after the blast in some other... Way to go forward for the photographer in mine...

Meanwhile look at the few of them that came out decently well...

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