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  • Prasanna 9:13 pm on March 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aeroplane trail, , nightshot   

    Midnight Beauty 

    What do you do after an evening full of mugging for AM110 ? You obviously get bored, duh. And I was no different. Took my camera and tripod headed to our terrace at midnight. Unlike normal photo sessions, I had a plan this time. I wanted to capture a nice, bright, long aeroplane trail. But as usual, I was distracted by other beautiful things waiting to be captured on film.
    One of them was a huge patch of yellow light emanating from a construction site and its exotic reflection on a cloud over it. I was ready. I set up the shot and waited for the exposure to get over. Luckily, a plane happened to pass through my field.
    Wow! I was amazed by the shot. That was, by far, the best night shot that I have ever taken.

    Midnight Shot
    Field Details:-
    Sirius is seen in the top left. To the right, is an aeroplane that just took off. The yellow light is from a construction site.
    Exposure Details :-
    Canon PowerShot A540
    f/2.6, Focal length, 5.6mm
    ISO 200
    15 second exposure
     
    • ramya 9:27 pm on March 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      WOW!!
      That’s awesome!!
      Steady and transient.. eh??

    • Prasanna 10:05 pm on March 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah 🙂 Thanks.

    • Arjun N Bharadwaj 6:50 am on March 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      AM, so boring eh? Looking forward to it next semester…..

      Superb photo dude!! Maybe you should be a professional photographer 🙂

    • Prasanna 12:46 pm on March 24, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      It depends upon the prof and thanks 🙂

    • Middle 8:55 pm on March 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome photo! Ganga terrace rocks! Nostalgia… sniff sniff

      There have been many times when I went to the terrace between 4 am to 6 am. One just feels at peace with himself at that time 🙂

    • Prasanna 10:06 pm on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks 🙂 I can understand your feelings After all I’m you room son 😛

    • bharath 4:27 pm on April 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      no post in a while???

    • ramblingperfectionist 9:52 pm on April 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      NICE. Got the high res version hosted somewhere?

  • Prasanna 2:23 pm on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: headshot, life, timeline   

    Timeline 

    timeline.jpg

     
    • N 3:20 pm on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      😀

    • Kumar Appaiah 4:33 pm on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Kalakkals.

    • Srinidhi 5:57 pm on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Macha, you look pretty evil in some of those :P. Just kidding, nice one

    • Prasanna 6:00 pm on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @N

      😀

      @Kumar Appaiaih

      Thanks 😛

      @Srinidhi

      Thanks 🙂

    • Arjun N Bharadwaj 6:09 pm on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Heh!! heh!!
      Super da!! 🙂
      I like the one to the right most corner on the first row….You look like a proper Tamilian [:P]

    • Prasanna 6:12 pm on March 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Arjun
      Thanks … And that one was taken in some family function 😛 .. So, the looks ..

    • bharath 4:09 pm on March 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      yedhukku indha self publicity? damaram?
      ponnu paakaraala aathula?

    • Prasanna 4:44 pm on March 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @bharath

      Enna revenge aa ?

    • bharath 9:48 pm on March 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hehe… well.. ahem.. not really…
      what else does one make from such a blog post?

    • Prasanna 9:49 pm on March 19, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      😛

    • prakash 11:21 am on March 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      studd only, u’ve this geeky look from childhood eh?

    • The lightcone 12:34 am on May 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      😀 😀
      In the top right one, you look a bit like Mali…
      ( for the other juntha out there, who doesn’t know who Mali is, and who is reading this comment, he was the best flautist this land has ever produced, a little eccentric maybe but brilliant! )

    • The lightcone 12:36 am on May 30, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      erratum:
      second line:
      “doesn’t” to be replaced by “don’t”
      “is” to replaced by “are”

      I was in a slight hurry whrn I was writing this comment, so, please don’t mind…

    • Rohini 2:25 am on June 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      man.. u r one step more than a Pinger!

  • Prasanna 3:52 pm on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: david koilpillai, , tea break   

    Tea Break 

    Tea Break

    provides refreshments in between his two hour lectures. Period.

     
    • Srinidhi 7:33 pm on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Piyush looks very happy in the background :P. The tea freak was so happy when DKP told that there were refreshments. Nice PIC

    • Arjun N Bharadwaj 10:46 pm on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      🙂 Students-friendly-professor?? Can’t believe it. 😛

    • Prasanna 11:21 pm on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      You might have him too. in your 4th sem 🙂

    • N 8:22 am on March 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      what the refreshments be like? do you get bhajji bonda vadai types ?

    • bharath 11:17 am on March 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      well DKP is not the only man who does that. there are a few more of them, who provide tea and/or refreshments in between long lectures… believe me, there are a few

    • Prasanna 12:48 pm on March 10, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @N

      Bajji Bonda ?? 😀 We got tea, coffee and biscuits. You get Bajji bonda types??

      @bharathwaj

      Good to know 🙂

    • Akila 11:20 am on March 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      hey 🙂 comment on the entire blog:
      awesome.. the astro photos r God!! Wen r u planning the nect yellagiri (did I get the spelling rt?) trip?

      Aah urs is much better than blogspot.. 😛

    • Prasanna 9:43 am on March 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! And the next Yelagiri trip will take some time to materialize.

  • Prasanna 8:27 am on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jeep, Limo, Music Club   

    View from Inside 

    How many of you have been lucky enough to catch this view?

    Jeep

    Wish you never get to do this? Well, this is fun after all. Once inside this vehicle, one feels as though he’s of great importance. Perks include salutes from personnel on the road. 🙂

    How did I get to board this vehicle? No, I’m not a criminal. Just that I’m part of the Music Club, IIT Madras. And occasionally, I get to go and pick up the artistes for their concerts. And what IITM sends them is this.

    Jeep

    As I said earlier, it’s fun to travel in this contraption. It is also fun to see the artistes’ reactions. they shouldn’t be expecting this, right?

    Limo
     
    • Arjun N Bharadwaj 9:07 am on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      🙂 heheh!! Please do enlighten us about the different reactions.
      It seems they sent an old ambassador to pick up the judge for Saarang Choreo Night and she was miffed about it, and went back in an auto 🙂

    • Prasanna 3:59 pm on March 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Apparently, this jeep is going to be phased out and a new one to be bought

  • Prasanna 12:27 am on March 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , astrophotography, , eta carinae, maede, messier, messier marathon, omega centauri, orion, suresh mohan, yelagiri   

    Yelagiri Skies 

    Yelagiri Trip

    I had gone to Yelagiri this weekend with some of my friends at IIT Madras along with Dr. Suresh Mohan. We were joined by the guys from Bangalore Astronomical Society at Yelagiri. What skies! People living in Chennai MUST visit a place like that to get a feel of what we are missing! Simply stunning.

    I initially started off into a Messier Marathon. I managed to get a glimpse of at least 30 Messier Objects, 20 out of which I found myself. 🙂 But a few hours into the night, I gave up the marathon and shifted to photography. I don’t own any high-end Astrophotography hardware. Nevertheless, it’s great fun to capture the night sky in my Canon Powershot A540. Below is Orion, the Hunter though my camera. Easily the best photo that I’ve taken till now. 😛

    Orion
    Details: Canon Powershot A540, f2.6, ISO 800, 10 exposures of 15 seconds each. Aligned and stacked using Registax4 running on Wine
     
    Besides, I got to meet many amateuro-professional astronomers and astrophotographers. The highlight of the night was Mr. Hemant’s photos of Eta Carinae and the never disappointing Omega Centauri.
    Eta Carinae

    Omega Centauri

    Night was great fun, but we ended doing college assignment work in our resort in Yelagiri during the daytime 🙂 A weekend that I’ll never forget.

    Some shots of the equipment:

    Yelagiri Observing Equipment
    Hemant’s Meade 80ED APO, Arun’s Maede 10 inch

    Yelagiri Observing Equipment

    Hemant’s 12 inch telescope, Dr Suresh’s Orion 80ED, 80 mm Guidescope

     
    • suraksha 6:25 am on March 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Lucky you! Orion looks brilliant! More photos? 😀

    • Kumar Appaiah 6:53 am on March 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Great work! Hope this is one of many such sessions.

    • Prasanna 7:17 am on March 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @suraksha

      Thanks. I still have to stack up other photos.

      @Kumar Appaiah

      Thanks. I too hope so 🙂

    • Nishanth 8:07 am on March 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant photo.. I dint know u cud capture such cool stuff with only a powershot camera.. I should give it a try sometime 🙂

    • Arjun N Bharadwaj 11:09 am on March 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I envy you!! 😦

    • Prasanna 11:12 am on March 4, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      @Nishanth

      Thanks. Yes you can. Even I was amazed. 🙂

      @Arjun

      There .. there .. 😛

    • Revathi 9:14 am on March 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Nice photos! Good to see your interest is back on the skies!
      By the way, go through this – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Diddle_Diddle
      The hidden astronomy lessons in the nursery rhyme. Perhaps the April skied would throw more light on this much loved rhyme!

    • Prasanna 1:00 pm on March 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      😀 Thanks for that info. I didn’t know that

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