What’s In My Camera Bag?

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…

Cameras:

  • Canon EOS 1000D
  • Canon EOS 300V (35mm Film Camera)

Lenses:

  • 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

Flashes:

  • Sigma EF-530 DG ST
  • Yongnuo YN460

Accessories:

  • Translucent/White/Black Umbrella Kit
  • 5-in-1 Reflector
  • Flash Modifiers
  • 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
  • Tripod
  • Monopod

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.

[Tweet-size-Thoughts] Thoonga Nagaram – Music (Tamil-OST-2011)

Thoonga Nagaram Movie Poster

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.

  1. Vaigai Siricha Thoonganagaram – A typical gana/kuththu track, works mainly for the powerful voice of Palghat Sriram.
  2. Koorana Parvaigal – Just passable as a melody, but the underlying beat is too distracting for the tune.
  3. 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 .
  4. Ettu Kangalukkum – Catchy lyrics and distinct voice of Madhu Balakrishnan makes this typical upbeat friendship anthem different.
  5. 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.

Listen to Thoonga Nagaram songs on Raaga.com.

[Tweet-size Thoughts] Ko – Music (Tamil-OST-2011)

Ko (2011)

Ko is an upcoming Tamil film directed by K. V. Anand. This is my short thoughts after the first listen of the soundtrack by Harris Jayaraj.

  1. Ennamo Yeadho – A lovely tune with a fine flowing rap interlude. Interesting Madhan Karky lyrics. The hummable ‘Yeno kuviamilla’ phrase is going to stay for long. Sure to loop a lot in my player.
  2. Gala Gala – An ordinary sounding song, except for Sayanora Philip‘s voice and the starting MIAish Gala Gala chorus.
  3. Venpaniye – A typical Harris Jayaraj song, that sounds a lot like some of his previous songs with Bombay Jayashree.
  4. Aga Naga – Is it meant to be funny, at least Emcee Jesz‘s Tamil is funny. Sounds a lot like ‘a lot’, and too much is sometimes ‘too much’. It would be hard to give a genre to this.
  5. Netri Pottil – A nice short listen, with some not-so-filmy lyrics. Best next to Ennamo Yeadho in this album.
  6. Amali Thumali – An old school peppy tune, in a slightly new glass.

Overall the album, if not for Ennamo Yeadho, is just about/above average.

SIGNS – by Patrick Hughes

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

One of the 2009 Cannes Lions winners! More info

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