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Photography Tips




Photography is like moments are just flowing by and you need to just take your chance to capture the moment. Photography is something where you need to use your heart not the brain. For a good photo you don't need to have a bulky DSLR camera. You can try to shoot great photos using your pocket sized Point and Shoot Camera, easy to use Mirrorless Camera  or even your all time friend the Mobile Phone 
For better photography you have to understand the tools you are using. You have to learn to make use of all the features your camera supports. For that the camera manual and Google is always helpful. 
Some tips that will help you to click master pieces: 
  • Always try to shoot pictures at the highest resolution that your camera supports. That will preserve the quality of the photo.  
  • Never use the Digital Zoom. Digital zoom first appeared several years ago on consumer video cameras. Digital zoom produces magnification by cropping the image and up-sampling the cropped portion. The result is a loss in quality. This is because cropping reduces the number of pixels used which you can see as a blocky or blurry looking image. The more you zoom in, the fewer pixels are used to make the image and nobody wants fewer pixels.  
  • Take your camera everywhere with you. When the camera is with you, you will start to see the world differently; you will look for and find opportunities to take great photographs. The more you click photos, the better a photographer you will become.  
  • Try to take Candid snaps rather than waiting for everyone to pose for your snap. 
  • Avoid using a Flash. Inbuilt camera flash creates unnecessary reflected off light in the pictures. For night shots also try to use the natural night light. 
  • Keep the lens clean. Clear of caps, straps and other obstructions. It is basic, yes, but any of these, often unnoticed obstructions can ruin a photograph. This is less of a problem with modern live-preview digital cameras. However, people still make these mistakes, especially when in a rush to take the image. 
  • Compose your shot thoughtfully. Frame the photo in your mind before framing it in the viewfinder. 
  • Use the Rule of Thirds, where the primary points of interest in your scene sits along "third" lines. Try not to let any horizon or other lines "cut the picture in half." 
  • Get rid of distracting backgrounds and high contrast colors. Move positions to avoid trees looking like they are growing out of heads, when they are in the background. Change angles to avoid window glares from across the street. If you can blur the background in a portrait, then do so.  
  • Learn the basics of a camera: EXIF, Shutter Speed, Aperture, PSAM, ISO, Metering, White Balance, Histogram etc. 
Ignore the above advice. Regard the above as laws, which work much of the time but are always compulsory and are not  absolute rules. Too close an adherence to them will lead to boring photographs. For example, clutter and sharply focused backgrounds can add context, contrast, and color, perfect symmetry in a shot can be dramatic, and so on. Every rule can and should be broken for artistic effect at times. This is how many stunning photographs are made. 

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park

Basanta Utsav ~ Dol 2014, Golf Green Central Park




Holi by the name of Basant Utsav or Dol Utsav is celebrated with fervour in the state of West Bengal. The tradition of Vasantotsav, meaning Spring Festival was started by poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore at Shantiniketan, the University he founded - Visva-Bharati University.

What is appreciated is the grace and dignified manner in which Vasant Utsav is celebrated in West Bengal as compared to boisterous Holi witnessed in most parts of India. Boys and girls joyfully welcome Spring, the season of hope not just with colours but with songs, dance, chanting of hymns in the serene ambiance of Bengal. Anybody who got a chance to witness this elegant way of celebrating Holi in Bengal remembers it with fond memory for the rest of his life.

Here are some pictures of Basanta Utsav being celebrated at Golf Green Central Park on the morning of Dol Purnima.
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Chicken Butter Masala


Ingredients: 

Boneless Chicken (Medium size Piece): 500gms
Dahi: 75gms
Ginger - Garlic paste: 2tbsp
Jeera powder 1 - tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tbsp
Kashmiri Mirch Powder: 1tbsp
Onion: 2 medium sized finely chopped and 2 medium paste
Haldi powder: 1/4 tsp
Fresh tomato purée: 3/4 cup
Finely ground Cashew-nuts:  50gms
Fresh cream: 2-3 tbsp
Pepper
Salt to taste
Sugar: A pinch (optional)
Butter: 25gms cube
Oil

Method

  1. In a bowl put in the chicken pieces, and then add 50gms dahi, salt to taste, a pinch of haldi. 1/4 tsp red chilli powder, little of the ginger garlic paste. Mix well and set aside to marinade 20 - 30 mins.
  2. In a pan melt the butter, add oil and add the finely chopped onions. Fry the onions till transparent. Then add the ginger garlic paste and onion paste and fry till raw smell goes.
  3. Then add the tomato purée, dahi, finely ground cashew, jeera, salt, sugar and keep stirring the mixture on low flame for a while.
  4. On a separate pan add oil 1tspn, then add the marinated chicken pieces, and fry well till oil seperates. Add the tomato purée mixture.
  5. Cover and cook on low flame, stirring in between so that the cashew-nuts don't stick to the bottom, until the chicken is cooked.
  6. Lastly add the coriander leaves, fresh cream and pepper . Cover and turn of the flame.
  • Serve hot with naan, rotis or paratha.


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