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Sculpture at Intersection -V


Sculpture at Intersection -V

Rourkela, Odisha (IN)


Chowks in Rourkela:

Labour Chowk
Abhigyaan Chowk
Boat Chowk
Space Chowk

Wordless WednesdayOutdoor Wednesday

Sculpture at Intersection -Labour Chowk


Sculpture at Intersection -Labour Chowk


Rourkela Still Plant (RSP) by SAIL is heart of Odisha. Not only it pumps money into city, but also is responsible for its social development. One key development among many is "The ring road", encircling the city. Four lane wider, 23 kilo-meters long road is laid to connect almost all 19 sectors of planned new Rourkela city and old Rourkela. It is maintained and decorated by RSP, as a social initiative. The divider gardens, lush green plantation on both sides of roads, broad side-walks of ring road keeps city traffic in order and makes commutation trouble free.


RSP architectures has creatively decorated the crossroads by raising aptly carved and suggestive sculptors made of steel. The new series "Sculpture at Intersection" is about such monuments that marks the city map of Rourkela.



Location:

At intersection of Ring road and Mahtab road.


Other posts:

Abhigyaan Chowk
Boat Chowk
Space Chowk

Wednesday Post ! - 22 Oct 2014


Wednesday Post ! 


 - 22 Oct 2014


Jaipuri bangles at display, Jaipur



Wordless WednesdayOutdoor WednesdayABC Wednesday (O for ornament )





Home : Thursday Challenge


Home : Thursday Challenge

My ancestral home near Goa-Maharashtra border : A typical Konkani house


In many parts of India, women have to fetch water from a long distance. Distance increases as heat increases.

Typical Indian farmer provides shelter to his animals just like he has. It is often constructed inside his own homes' premises and very near. It is done so as to protect the animals from predators like Leopard, tigers etc.
Slanted roofs help to drain water quickly during rainy season

Houses like boxes kept over one another: A view from Suburban of Mumbai/Thane

A typical scenery: House built near the paddy field


Lonely house in midst of the paddy field, from north-eastern part of India: Miao, Arunachal Pradesh




Thursday Challenge:  HOME (House, Apartment, Trailer Home,...)



Simple tips to improve casual photography


Simple tips to improve casual photography


Everybody loves to shoot, mostly for storing the moments, to recall and rejoice. Shooting is now a days a finger's play : Just touch the 'shoot' button on smartphone screen. Taking casual photographs is easy but photo content is not that good. Here I am writing some tips, on following one can shoot almost like a pro. Tips are independent of the technology of course. 




Shooting / On field:


  • Shoot light, not the object : Now you understand, every creature / object is beautiful !
  • No Object / Subject is untouchable : Shoot whatever you like, explore new subjects
  • Shoot what a common man don't see : Change angle, shoot unusual objects, shoot a lot
  • Never hesitate, Never argue. "Kyonki mai kaash nahi kahna chaahata" (applicable specially for candid photography)
  • Respect the social rules / laws : It avoids frustration / fights and helps connecting people

  • Fill the frame: Primary object should cover the most part of your frame
  • Follow simple composition rules: 1/3rd rule, orientation
  • Choose right angle: If your not sure, shoot the same subject with different angles. 
  • Avoid shake : No body likes blurred photo. Stand and pose yourself to have maximum stability
  • Use Flash: Fill flash improves quality of photograph (Contrast, details, sharpness)
  • Shoot Raw: Even some basic P&O cameras support RAW. Use RAW although it eats up space.
  • Use filters: Use UV-filter for protection, CPL for better skies, and ND filter for long exposures
  • Vibration reduction helps
  • Don't hesitate to increase ISO: Grainy images are better than blurred.



Pre and post shooting:


  • interdisciplinary work : Observe, think, read, plan and then shoot the best shot. e.g It helps to understand the activitiesbehaviour of the object
  • Take assignments: Focussed work helps in mastering a particular type of photography
  • Play with settings: Try all the settings , master the one you like. It will help to create your own "style"
  • Accessories check: Make list of accessories, check list before outing, store them in one bag
  • Be "power"full : Always have an extra battery. 
  • Photo management: Make folders, number the folders serially and also name it as per the content

  • Always post-process you photograph : Even elementary software can be used to correct brightness, contrast, sharpening etc.
  • Frame it: Framing drastically improves the quality.
  • No watermarks: Avoid watermark, it really dont' serve any purpose.
  • Blog-it : Write a blog, about your experience, plan, photographs, ideas. 
  • Display your best shot only: It helps spreading the news, decreases on-line work : My portfolio



Saturday Photohunt : Rocks


Saturday Photohunt : Rocks


Collection of textures found on rocks:













Sculpture at Intersection - Space Chowk



Sculpture at Intersection - Space Chowk


The intention:

Rourkela Still Plant (RSP) by SAIL is heart of Odisha. Not only it pumps money into city, but also is responsible for its social development. 

One key development among many is "The ring road", encircling the city. Four lane wider, 23 kilo-meters long road is laid to connect almost all 19 sectors of planned new Rourkela city and old Rourkela. It is maintained and decorated by RSP, as a social initiative. The divider gardens, lush green plantation on both sides of roads, broad side-walks of ring road keeps city traffic in order and makes commutation trouble free.

RSP architectures has creatively decorated the crossroads by raising aptly carved and suggestive sculptors made of steel. The new series "Sculpture at Intersection" is about such monuments that marks the city map of Rourkela.

Space chowk symbolizes the importance of steel and other materials to build the spaceships, missiles and rockets.



The location:

Sculpture is aptly placed at intersection where one road road leads to Rourkela airport.



Happy : Thursday Challenge


Happy : Thursday Challenge





Thursday Challenge:  HAPPY (Smiles, Faces, Laughter, Humorous Things,...)


Wednesday Post !

Sculpture at Intersection - Boat Chowk



Sculpture at Intersection -  Boat Chowk




Our world Tuesday

Friday Freedom : Oct 10, 2014


Friday Freedom : Oct 10, 2014

My favourite hangout spot: Playground








Skywatch Friday

Reflections : Thursday Challenge


Reflections : Thursday Challenge



Book Bucket Challenge (Marathi)

 
   


Book Bucket Challenge (Marathi)

I am listing some Marathi books mattered to me at some point of time in my life, mostly in positive sense. Some partly changed the course of my life, few touched my heart and some stole away few hours of my life. 

It's difficult I might have missed a few ! Readers please comment your suggestions. This post is in response to the bucket list challenge post on Facebook by Ms. Manali Kanvinde.





Fiction:


  • Swami by Ranjit Desai
  • Mrityunjay by Shivaji Sawant
  • Majhi Janmthep by V. D. Savarkar
  • Nazi bhasmasuracha udayaast Vi.Ga. Kanitkar
  • Aanibani ani tyanantar by Vi. Sa. Valimbe
  • Mrunmayi by Go Ni Dandekar
  • Shala by Milind Bokil
  • Yayati by Vi Sa Khandekar
  • Desert Fox by Madan Patil
  • Rathchakra by Sri Na Pendse
  • Bangarwadi by Vyankatesh Madgulkar



Fictions like Century (Baba Kadam), Duniyadari (Suhas Shirwalkar), Octopus (Pendse), Naticharami simply wasted my time and money. I was unable to understand greatness of Ranangan, need one more attempt.




Biography / Autobiography / Fact based / Science / Travelogue



  • Boardroom and arthat by Achyut Godbole
  • Dahala Bara kami
  • Jaganyatil Kahi (जगण्यातील काही ) , Prashn ani Prashn by Anil Avachat
  • Badalata Bharat by Bhanu Kale
  • Badalate Vishwa and Trikalvedh by Kumar Ketkar
  • Purvarang, Gangot by Pu. La. Deshpande
  • Kayade-azam by Anand Hardikar
  • Lamaan by Shriram Lagu
  • Yuddha Jivanche by Girish Kuber
  • Ek hota Carver by Veena Gavankar
  • Tisari Kranti (Arun Sadhu)
  • Eka Raanvedyachi Shodhyatra by Krushnmegh Kunte
  • Maajh London by Meena Prabhu





This is my favorite genre, listing could extend to many books and equally hard to name bad ones. Subject can't be bad, however writers could turn villains. I could recall one as an example : Oppenheimer (Rajhans Publication).




Lalit (Light reading) / Collection of Stories


  • Vyakti aani Valli by Pu. La. Deshpande and many by him
  • Aapan Sare Arjun, Ghar Haraveleli Manas by Va Pu Kale
  • Rutuchakra by Durga Bhagwat
  • Kovali Unhe, Ramprahar by Vijay Tendulkar
  • Panchatarankit by Priya Tendulkar
  • Rarangdhang by Prabhakar Pendharkar
  • Gajhal by Nadkarni
  • Zuluk by Mangala Godbole
  • Bolu Kavatike by Avinash Biniwale
  • Saare Pravasi Ghadiche by Jayawant Dalvi
  • Aswastha Dashakachi Diary by Avinash Dharnadhikari


Generally I read almost all work by a particular author and I like most of it. For example P L Deshpande. Its difficult to list all the titles by him. 






Translated:


  • Tottochan by Tetsuko
  • Shishiratil Gulab  by M C Chhagala (Roses in December)
  • Wise and otherwise (Sudha Murty)
  • Its always possible by Kiran Bedi
  • Paadas (The Yearling by Marjori Kinnan Rawlings)
  • Saad deti Himshikhare by G  K Pradhan (Towards the Silver crest of Himalayas)
  • Baaikvarach Birhaad 
  • Airport, Hotel by Arthur Hailey
  • Diary of Ann Frank



I have to yet read many books, so this list will grow in future. I would be thankful to readers to suggest some offbeat books in Marathi. I am thankful to many vivid readers and friends of mine who did this for so many years. Thanks to Mr S N Joshi, Abhay Soman, Sarang Bharambe, Suraj Ponkshe for suggestions.