Friday, 26 February 2016

Pentax K1000 Development

I shot a couple or rolls of film with the Pentax K1000, but I was having a lot of trouble digitising them. The IT centre in my college doesn't have the necessary equipment to enable their high end scanners to scan 35mm film properly, so for a long time I looked around for a proper method to scan my film. The search is still on to find a process to do so, so in the meantime I asked the film development shop to scan my film.

The only reason I want to do it myself, is so that I have better control over the digitisation process. The scans I get from the photo shop are 300dpi JPEG format images which means I can't edit them at all. I really want to get involved in the process of working on negatives and playing with colour to produce positive images.

I went to Mumbai for a week or so, and I spent one morning roaming in the fort area with the Pentax. Last time I visited the same area, I had a Nikon 3200 DSLR with me. It was really interesting to use a different medium to take photographs in the same place and compare the experiences. With the DSLR, everything around me seemed worthy of taking a picture of even though it might not actually be worth it. Shooting with the analogue SLR, time seemed to slow down and with only 36 shots, I was in no hurry to finish the roll. I enjoyed my walk through the place a lot more, and waited for a good shot. One advantage with the DLSR is that you can quickly take a shot, and the autofocus system really helps if you have to quickly whip out your camera and shoot. With the Pentax, I had to be patient and judge my shot well. With time and practice I'm sure that even the film SLR can be used to take those split moment shots

Monday, 28 December 2015

The Camera Conundrum

I've always wanted a nice camera, but I've always wanted one that is easily pocketable as well. For a long time I looked at the mirrorless SLR's but the good ones were never really released in India, and the really good ones which were eventually released in India, were in the same price bracket as small second hand cars. The really good mirrorless cameras in my opinion are the Olympus PEN E-P5, and the Fujifilm X-E2. Both are reasonably small, have all the proper manual controls, and are really quite good. Another unique thing about both these cameras are the way they are designed. Both mimic the look and feel of the old manual film cameras. The user experience of both these cameras is quite different from that of the current crop of DSLRs. Made of high quality plastic and aluminium, they are also very well built. The PEN E-P5 was never quite released in India, and frankly Olympus itself hasn't really quite made an effort to launch itself as a brand either. A lot of shops and resellers eventually stopped stocking on Olympus cameras due to the lack of effort on the companies part. Its very strange, how this company functions. The Fuji X-E2 is an even better camera, with superb build quality, manual controls, great lenses, and fantastic image quality. But you can also buy a small car with that sort of money, and that doesn't really work on many levels.

When I went to Europe, I chose not to take a camera with me as I felt that a camera would simply detract me from the whole experience. However, the iPhone 5S with its superb camera, and slow-motion video capability was more accomplished enough to deal with the 5 month trip. I was genuinely surprised with what one can do with such a small but capable camera. You can see the results for yourself here, on my VSCO page. With a bit of post processing on the phone itself, the results are really quite good. I didn't have to lug around a camera and its electronic peripherals, and that weight saving is worth ever gram I saved on my trip. The trick to travelling, is travelling light. My exposure to Formula 1 paid off here. It's not only the weight either. Electricity is also an issue. It was stressful enough to manage a mobile phones battery, with all the different plugs, and the headache making sure I had enough charge on my phone, and battery pack to make throughout the day with enough charge for calls, and for taking photos and videos. Theres also the issue of memory. With a couple of navigation apps and offline maps, there simply isn't enough storage space for all the photos and slow motion videos. Managing all this was bothersome enough.

Sunday, 27 December 2015


It's been a long time since I've updated, or even seen this blog. Of late, I have been busy with college, and the other necessary but awful parts of life. Hence I have been micro blogging my life away on my Tumblr. But that is nowhere near as satisfying as writing on this blog.

The Garfield Mac widget has recently stopped working which is pity since it was quite entertaining to have on one's desktop, but times are a changing I suppose. GoComics must've changed the URL of the Garfield comics, and updated it to their new system, which uses an internal javascript to call out new comics I suppose.

I recently got my hands on Grid: Autosport, which is a fascinating game, and I'll add that to the list of racing games for the Mac. I'll publish the full review on MacGamerHQ soon.

I've also picked up a cheap Microsoft Kinect, and I'm playing around with Processing to make that work. Its not going terribly well, but then again, nothing I do ever does. I also got my hands on a Pentax K1000, which is another interesting piece of kit.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Polygon Experiment 1

Polygons are wonderful, and if shaded right can look sensational. Here's the first of my efforts.

Adding some more order to the mess

Sticking to triangles only

Friday, 2 May 2014

Applescript fun-ReadAloud

Tutsplus and I were to make an Applescript tutorial. Unfortunately for Mr. Winters, I'm not really going to help him out anymore. So here is a fun little tutorial to make an script that narrates whatever you type into it and gives you an option of saving it as an MP3 file.

Here's the script, with the vaguely useful comments explaining every line.

display dialog "Welcome to ReadAloud" buttons {"Next", "Cancel"} default button 1 -- Welcome dialog
repeat -- Repeat Statement 1
display dialog "Enter text to be read aloud" default answer "" buttons {"Next", "Canel"} default button 1 -- Taking input from user
set textInput to text returned of result -- Assigning input to variable 'textInput'
set voiceChoice to choose from list {"Vicki", "Kathy", "Victoria", "Alex", "Bruce", "Fred"} with prompt "Select a voice" -- Creates a list and displays a message telling the user to choose a voice to read out the text input
say textInput using voiceChoice -- The input is narrated using the selected voice
tell application "System Events" -- Ordering System Events
display dialog "Do you want to save this as an audio clip?" buttons {"Yes", "No"} default button 1 -- Displaying dialog to ask user about saving the audio clip
if the button returned of the result is "Yes" then
set clipName to "Voice Narration by " & voiceChoice & ".mp3" -- Defining name of file
set saveLoc to ((path to desktop as text) & clipName) -- Defining location of file
say textInput using voiceChoice saving to saveLoc -- Writing data to save file
end if
end tell
display dialog "Do you want to do it again?" buttons {"Yes", "No"} default button 2
if button returned of result is "No" then exit repeat -- Exiting repeat loop

end repeat -- Repeat Statement 2

Download the executable script here.

It works. I think.

Ayrton Senna

Senna. The name itself is evocative of the passion, and the spirit of racing.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

McLaren MP4-12C Linework

The Pen tool in the Adobe Premiere Suit is notoriously tricky to master. However, I've managed to master it. I think.

Now that the McLaren MP4-12C is dead, I made it a good-bye present.

Saturday, 12 April 2014


Summer holidays are here. It took me a day and a half to get bored. So I helped my friends at University of California, Berkeley with their really cool app project. I made the Logo and Splash Screen.

Various iterations of the logo,

Splash Screen

Saturday, 8 March 2014

How To Make Ramen

Making Ramen is really not that hard. It's simple.

But if you're a college student, and have no resources or time, its extremely difficult. At times you end up sitting still in a chair for hours due to sheer frustration of not being able to make ramen quickly and simply.

Worry no more, for I have a radically simple solution to this problem.

Things you need.

Ramen-get the strong stuff.

Electric Kettle.