Photography was not my passion for long. Drawing and painting were the closest that I had some interest when I was young. Later when I was in high school, interests got shifted. Then it was videos. I was obsessed with it to the level, I even wanted to go to film school at some point of time. Lucky me, it didn’t happen.
During my time at university (at Moratuwa), I got the chance to broaden my skills in video production. I worked backstage at most of the university programs, as a camera man, as a online editor, and even sometimes running the show. It was the first time I realised my passion for images, and moving images – videos. When I got out of the university, I suddenly lost my access to the equipment at uni studio. I couldn’t afford a decent video camera, moreover I didn’t have any time to put into making videos.
Photography was a realisable target and a DSLR was affordable. I didn’t know a thing about photography. I had a peculiar sense of composition, that came from my days with paints. Except to that I started learning slowly. When I moved to Brisbane about a year ago, I had more time and money at my dispose to experiment wit photography more. During this time I spent a good amount of money in buying gear. I did learn to use some of those, and others at least what not to buy next time.
This is a stock list of what I have got…
Canon EOS 1000D
Canon EOS 300V (35mm Film Camera)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS
Sigma EF-530 DG ST
Translucent/White/Black Umbrella Kit
3ft E-TTL Cord
Wireless Flash Trigger
Time Lapse Intervalometer
Gloves (for sweaty hands)
Opteka HD2 Filter Kit
Macro Filter Kit +1 +2 +4
2 x Opteka LP-E5 + 1 x Canon LP-E5
Opteka BG-E5 Grip
8 x AA Rechargeable Batteries
Even though its a long list, I don’t use many of those. So this is a post to remind me to use them more often or stop buying anymore.
Thoonga Nagaram is an upcoming Tamil film, with a gangster theme based in Madurai which has been over exploited in many recent films. This is my short thoughts on the soundtrack album by Sundar C. Babu.
Vaigai Siricha Thoonganagaram – A typical gana/kuththu track, works mainly for the powerful voice of Palghat Sriram.
Koorana Parvaigal – Just passable as a melody, but the underlying beat is too distracting for the tune.
Kalyanam Kalyanam (Remix) – An interesting and cleaver remix, that builds upon the original verse by Chandrababu non-destructively. This could become the next ‘standard song’ for Tamil weddings .
Ettu Kangalukkum – Catchy lyrics and distinct voice of Madhu Balakrishnan makes this typical upbeat friendship anthem different.
Nee Siricha Kondattam – Anther typical gana/kuththu song. Reminds songs from the 1990s.
Overall, it’s a fairly OK soundtrack with some nativity in Sundar C. Babu style.
A simple short film about communication. ‘Signs’ tells the beautiful story between a man and a woman who communicated to each other in opposing office blocks by holding up simple signs, they never talked.
Created by Publicis Mojo and @RadicalMedia. Directed by Patrick Hughes