Love Power and Pictures : My cravings

Continuing from where I left on my last blog, the cravings are killing me to express the weekend that I have had so far.

Not that it has been super great but I am living it so far, a little low with sore throat and mild signs of fever but nonetheless since Friday evening I have had an amazing beginning to this weekend. A week long killing of my eyes digging into the screen and waiting for the friday – A friday. I have been looking to meet a new friend not so old basically and we just met few months back as acquintances. She hails from Japan a bit of culture difference but more or less its was a nice evening over the table and walking, talking endlessly to her questions of my home land. Simply pleasant at times when some one you meet and talk about things which are not directly killing you in the line of your answers. I enjoy doing things that I do and I do love doing what I enjoy.

In all this while I have tackling to deal my sore throat but thats another bit of the story, I dont wanna get into. So Friday came to an end while saying good nite to my girl over the phone and that too is kind of bit everyday activity of my life. Being in a relationship over 1000miles is not an easy going for over five years now. I was looking forward to my Saturday qualifying sessions of home grand prix. Something never imagined that finally has come to life. Ever since I started watching F1(in 1995), there has been days that I have not missed many of these wonderful racing weekends. Not that it was going to be any different, I have enjoyed them passionately. The speed the power runs in my blood somewhere from those times and I still don’t own a car to make it least important I enjoy my life on two wheels and the freedom of sometimes even pulling a wheelie to give me the feel of the power. It was an early morning wake up alarm on saturday to not miss the Fp3 and Qualifying session. Pleasure, to watch my german hero (used to be MSC) S.Vettel who kind of dont disappoint me and keeps me charged up.

Getting out of bed and looking forward to something I have been waiting for. My first experiences, my great uncle always suggest me to experience everything that has not been done yet and I was about to get my first hand solo experience to see the Auction of some electronics, arts and furniture stuff. Away from my home at about an hours ride through the flowing countryside of surrey in Epsom. At first it was a grandeur but as it all started it got quite hot. I was literally not very keen on bidding but rather just being a spectator to view, learn and enjoy the pleasure of an Auction. Besides that was a day of enjoying my hands at a wedding photography something at first can get tricky but you know what when the day is good and light is playing in your favour you could make a day out of it.

About more or less I enjoyed my saturday, my ride and my pictures from the day. But Hey, I am not all about that – theres more to my side of things which were still going in my head. Yes I did went crazy and did not miss a chance to skip my Ace Cafe evening.

Although it happened to be Cheverolet car day but along came the Halloween evening dress up.

Not to count it over, it was just a saturday and Sunday in the making was waiting at large to begin with another early morning my F1 made my day. It simply adds on to watch the F1 sitting in UK while the racing is literally happening 30miles away from my home in India. I am tad emotional on things when I see them and cant be part of them. Hey, skip me on that – S.Vettel is making me happy while I am watching today race. A hot affair and happy to see him lead all the laps from beginning till the end of the last lap.

Relaxing my sore throat, I am just going to do an old remedy now – gargling with salty water and back onto the list of nice movies. Today list : Fairgame, Letters to Juliet and I dont know the third one yet.

& yeah, the clocks have gone back so another change to look forward to. Wishing you all a great week ahead and looking forward to catching up more friends next weekend and Sunday MotoGP last race of this season.

Self-revelation

To reveal myself from the shacks of busy life, it is hard to find the balance. But sometimes, it is not as hard as you imagine it. All you have to do is to just take that bit of yourself which can spark the right mood.

My case, I knew what I am missing at this moment in life. Some new sparks via the same old channel. The camera being the medium, me being the player and the world being my playground. I sparked on the glorious way to tickle my sleeping fingers and go click-Click-CLICK …

In the end… here it is

After a long working day

Finally, I finished my work and reached home as usual after an hour and twenty minutes.

Best thing that could have happened to me in the day – A letter that finally reached me after nearly two weeks. Thanks Lucie, I got your letter after long wait and here’s the proof of this too.

I have not read the letter yet but before I could do that – something attracted me this evening. I can’t miss this calm and peace of beautiful moon.

Thank you, both of you L & M for making me smile and feel more human today after 3 days of being human machine.

Porn of Macro is here !!

A short sleep for friday night as the first thing waiting was the F1 qualifying session. Rather quite interesting to see S.Vettel take on his usual stand of pole position, something that makes me more excited to see Vettel take more poles and even more podiums in races. I waited till it was 10am and ensured I was bang on time to make the first call to Grays of Westminster.

Bang On, I meant it in real terms and I was bang on. Spoke to a female voice:
Female Voice: Grays of Westminster
Me : Good morning
Female Voice : How can I help
Me : Do you still have the 105mm F2.8G AF-S (Mint) condition + TC 20E II
Female Voice : Let me check.. (After 30secs of hold) Yes, we do.
Me : I would like to come and check it before I can buy it. Can you please reserve it for me.
Female Voice : Can I please have your name sir.
Me : Sure, It is Mani.
Female Voice : We are only open till 1pm today.
Me : No problem, I will be there before 12.
Female Voice : Thank you.
Me : Thank you, bye.

My excitement was building up to go and see the Grays of Westminster. As much I have heard and read about them on the website, it was that time to explore it what really awaits me. You can check their website too (www.graysofwestminster.com), they have a very good Nikon range with lots of used lenses and really very good prices with lens conditions specified on the website.

Weather outside shows the colours of wet and cloudy winter day. Not quite a day to go for shopping but the only day for me is Saturday when I can go and shop. Riding my two wheels to the train station, locking it and getting on to the train. Direct victoria line to Pimlico and few minutes of wandering around to search the place. I was about in the right direction till I checked my GPS, that I was wrong. Got back to the right track and Churton street. Here I was standing out Grays of Westminster in London. The shop bears a look of an old house from outside which makes it more of classic one. Standing out from other shops in the vicinity.

I was welcomed by the lady in the shop, Tabitha Hardy. She asked me my name and then instantly remembered me when I mentioned my name to her. She took me to her desk and got me my requested lens along with the TC. She also suggested that I have a look at 200mm F/4.0 Micro-Nikkor. So she got it for me to try it on. Damn, this thing is a little beastie. It’s full metal black rough feel on it and pro lens.

In the meanwhile, I decided 200mm is an overkill for my budget and I will hook on to my needs of 105mm for the time being with a TC 2X. She guided me around to the basement of the place which actually is like a real museum. She told me of something, which I believe you may also not know that – Canon uses Nikon glass in their lenses. Canon does not make their own glass. Now, that was a big fact for me. She was extremely friendly and showed me a glass shelfs full of lenses and the whole manual range of lenses which have ever been made by Nikon. I have never seen such a place in my life. It is a place that has to be seen by a Nikon owner once in their lifetimes. If you live in London or not, you shall make a point to come and visit this place. Tabitha, handed me the 20mm F/2.8 lens that I can try on my D700 body. I was impressed, amazed and super fascinated with this experience. She offered me to use any lens available to try it on. I was more than glad as it only sparked my temptation of trying the wides on it. I was on to the 14mm Fx 2.8 which had this amazing bulb like fat lens glass and super cover on the top. I love the feel of these lenses on my D700 body as it makes it easier for me to plan my next choice of lens.

In my humble decisions, I would love to complete the F2.8 range from 14-200mm via the 3 great lenses of all times. 14-24 + 24-70 + 70-200mm. These are the all time special lenses one can ever have to fully complement the FX frame body. Anything above 200mm needs a rich pocket. I would love to have a 600mm in another years may be but not now. It’s a huge investment of over £6000 with only that glass.

Going back to where I was in reality, in this moment – I have made my choice of sticking to a Macro and TC. Oh, not to forget the lens filter. yes, that is one thing we must not ever miss when we buy a lens. It is a little investment compared to the lens but it is there for rest of the life on lens. It’s like a buying a motorcycle without buying a helmet. You don’t miss such things, if you do – please ensure you do not do it again.

Time to head back home and go exploring what I have bought and how to make some use of it. I was adoring it now with an experience from Grays of westminster, it makes it even more special.

Reaching train station back and picking up my bicycle it had started to drizzle with those little water drops floating in air till the start drizzling properly I was half way home. Hoping to stay dry, was not an option anymore so had to change my carrying bag into the plastic bigger wrap. Keeping an expensive shopping safe is more important than me getting wet in this rain.

It was about time that I did my video : I was wondering and planning it in my head all the way before I reached home. I was still cold and not before I can have a hot cuppa tea, I could have started with planning the video. Gathered all my lenses and made a proper backdrop reflecting my collection of lenses.

You can find the video here on my you tube channel. YouTube Video.

Some of the shots from the day of trying different lenses and their output attached here.

More shots on my Flickr.

Camera Porn

Is my brain getting diverted to what I just mentioned in my last post. Addie, yes my friend !!
The porn of camera is ruling my head since a long time now and this time I know it will soon be reality. Did I mention Macro in one of my last posts. I think you heard me right. My head and my heart this time are both in right direction which is hard to stop. My dear love, has no objections on it if I am going to spend some cash on my new porn starrer 105mm F2.8G AF-S VR lens.

I have used it for few weeks courtesy my dear friend as I mention him again in this post for which I am really thankful. It is unavoidable to not mention the word “Porn” because the people who live more with the camera knows that it is a real-time addiction to get rid of. More so why to even get rid of – it keeps those brain nerves and little creative seed in our brains active all the times. Hard not to see but some of the old results are still very alive from my past shots.

The Big question lies, if I will still be getting it at the price I saw it right now. Price/Bargain/Deal – Well, this is a known place for all those who are big time camera aficionados for Nikon cameras. Grays of westminster in London is the best place to be at if you are looking to buy something genuine and highly reliable.

Going out to see tomorrow morning, first thing at 10am sharp – If this porn maker is still available & if I can get my hands on it tomorrow – the results will show up here or unhappy me will be coming back to tell you the story of the day.

Not to miss the F1 Qualifying, it’s at 5.55AM GMT. Damn it, on saturday its too early to wake up but I don’t miss the little things I love to watch other than clicking the nature and its beauty. Anxious night now !!