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Google Adds Public Plus Posts to Social Search Results

Google just announced that its social search results will now include public Google Plus posts. Since the expiration of Google’s realtime search agreement with Twitter last month, it hasn’t been clear how Google will continue to integrate posts from social networks into search results. Now that Google’s in-house social network will provide a stream of content, Google can try to build out its social search out from there.


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Fun Times In The Rains ………


After all the torturous heat and Ac’s being on 24X7, we the Delhiites have some respite with the weather coming down by around 9 degrees or so and the rain gods having mercy and pouring all night long last nite. Also the entire day today has been great weather to make one wanna sit back on the porch and read a book or listen to some great music and enjoy hot pakodas and coffee…well that’s all really if we are lucky to bunk office and make merry…how many of us are super lucky to be able to do that ? !!!
Now what are the amazing things we could actually do in this great weather?
• Take a walk down India Gate and eat ice cream….remember half of Delhi would be there too with their pressure cookers whistling away to glory. I m dead serious alrite 
• Take your kid out to the park, splash in the mud, get all muddled up and come back home and enjoy a shower together… how inventive can I get 
• Visit the Buddha Jayanti Park with your loved one and enjoy the wet grass.
• Gear up in your raincoats and gumboots along with the naughty brats and see who stomps more puddles…trust me its one of the most fun things to do.
• Get your camera’s out and go click click click…… the world absolutely has a newly washed look !!
• Go crab or frog hunting…… trust me, we loved doing this as kids !!
• Open up all your windows and let the rain come in, feel the moment, put on loud music and dance to the grooves…… its bliss !!
• Make paper boats and float them in the small rivulets of water…come on haven’t we all done this as kids !!!

Okie I m thru with my ideas !! ur turn now …….

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Teej Festival (Nepal)


The monsoons are welcome the dry land of Rajasthan and Northern India with the fragrance of the wet soil and blooming flowers. Teej is said to be the festival of swings, which are hung from the trees and decked with flowers.

The festival is mainly for the ladies who dress themselves in green clothes, apply henna, dress up in finery, look their stunning best and sing songs. They worship Goddess Parvati for conjugal bliss and marital happiness. A huge procession is taken out in Jaipur in which the idol of Teej is covered with a canopy while the Gangaur idol (representing Goddess Parvati) is open.

All over Rajasthan, Swings are hung from trees and decorated with leaves and flowers. Ladies and girls can be seen enjoying on these swings, playing games, singing folk songs and applying Mehendi (henna) on their palms.

The special mithai prepared for Teej is “Ghewar” and these days you get a good variety of “Ghewar” like Kesar, Khoya, Dry Fruits etc..

According to Hindu mythology, in the month of Shravan, Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva after a penance of hundred years. In her 108th birth, Lord Shiva realized her devotion for him and accepted her as his wife. This legend is said to be the basis of Teej celebrations.

At the time of Teej, large number of crafts bazaars and food courts mushroom in the city, displaying different forms of crafts, clothes, bangles, mehndi which are also available for selling.

Traditional Teej Dinners are organized for the daughters of the house and they are showered with gifts & mithais.

We had our Teej Dinner on Saturday at my husbands maternal grandmothers house and it was loads of fun meeting all relatives, all dressed up, lots of fun and laughter and great food too !!! My daughter was the most thrilled of all dressed in a traditional Lehnga with freshly applied Mehndi and matching bangles, she looks absolutely stunning and sooo big, my god, daughters grow up so fast :) She was also thrilled to meet her cousins and play with them !!!

So it’s a great opportunity to experience one of the many colors of India :)


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“Everything Passes By”

"Everything Passes By"

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Bounce Lighting


Bounce Lighting, generally used in portrait photography, is lighting that bounces off a particular source (such as an umbrella, wall or blank drop down sheet) to surround the central object with light. Through the use of bounce lighting, a photograph will have fewer shadows and softer lighting that doesn’t appear to originate from a particular source.

Bounce Lighting

Bounce lighting can also be created by reflecting light off a ceiling or an aluminized reflector. Overall, portraits taken with bounce lighting present the central object or person in a natural looking light. Given that bounce lighting can only work through reflection, it also, by definition, tends to be used in more confined, smaller areas where such reflection is possible. Larger areas can’t trap light as well and, therefore, are not the best spaces for itto be utilized.

Bounce lighting is a form of ambient light because, like ambient light, bounce light indirectly illuminates the central object of a photo. Not only does it create a more natural feel to a scene, but it also lends a degree of warmth and serenity to the picture.

When using bounce lighting for your photos, keep in mind that the further a camera is away from the central object, the dimmer the resulting image will be. Less light in the finished photo tends to produce softer, potentially weaker images.

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Backlighting refers to lighting in a photograph that comes from behind an object. Because backlighting requires a subtle manipulation of a scene’s light, photographers consider it a more advanced technique to master. When effectively implemented in a scene, however, backlighting can enhance the finer details of an object (such as the tiny hairs on bug) or a scenes more delicate features (such as the dust particles or drops of mist in a given background).


Oftentimes, backlighting comes from ambient light around the subject of the photograph.

Some experts recommend using a lens hood when trying to enhance the effects of backlighting in photographs. Such a hood can significantly reduce the glare involved when pointing a camera directly into light. Similarly, aperture settings should be set on the shorter side to limit light and reduce the chances of overexposing the film.

If too much light does enter the lens when a photographer is trying to use backlighting, the image will lose definition. Ironically, the use of backlighting can either enhance or diminish the definition and intricacy of a photo, whether or not it is used correctly.

Backlighting is most commonly used in nature and landscape shots. If a photographer uses backlighting in a portrait shot, they are generally trying to add a more dramatic, intense mood to the scene.

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Basic Photojournalism for Beginners

An understanding of basic Photojournalism for beginners could help many an amateur photographer considering a career in photojournalism. Photojournalism is a unique field of photography that requires more than just the ability to take pictures.

Photojournalism vs. Photography
Basic photojournalism differs from regular photography on a number of levels. Essentially, the difference is one of intent. While a photograph represents an image of a subject or an object, photojournalism attempts to make that image tell a story.

Whether a photojournalism piece displays a sports event, a fire or an award ceremony, the photo must tell a story to the viewer before he reads the news article.

Photography for Beginners: Analyzing News Photos
Analyzing photojournalism images is an excellent learning tool for beginners interested in photojournalism.

One fairly recent piece of photojournalism is a famous picture of a fireman cradling a dead baby in the immediate aftermath of the April 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

The photo, taken by Charles Porter, captures not only the horror of the bombing, but also the compassion and caring of the emergency crew that responded to the explosion. In short, the picture tells a complicated and painful story. Through this picture, people were moved to tears, outrage and grief far beyond what they’d felt by reading dramatic news stories of the event.

Another valuable lesson of this picture was the fact that Charles Porter himself is not a professional photojournalist, proving that amateur photographers can also master basic photojournalism.

The majority of photojournalism projects deal with much less tragic events than the Oklahoma bombing. However, the principles of basic photojournalism, for beginners and professionals, are always the same: the picture must tell a story.

Basic Photojournalism: Faces
If photojournalism for beginners could be condensed into one word, it might be “faces.” Photo editors want to see people’s faces in pictures. People’s facial expressions help tell a photo’s story and convey emotion. A rule of basic photojournalism is to never shoot pictures of people without showing some of their faces.

The Ethics of Photojournalism
An amateur photographer taking artistic or glamour shots can create the ideal photo of his subject either by moving objects in the scene or by cropping items out of the picture with computer programs.

However, a photojournalist cannot play so fast and loose with events. He is bound by ethics to photograph events exactly as they happen and as they present themselves in reality. To move an item or re-stage an event after the fact is a violation of the viewers’ trust in the photographer.

A doctored photograph damages the reputation of both the photojournalist and any publications that run the picture.

Basic Photojournalism Responsibilities
Basic photojournalism job duties cover much more ground than merely taking photos. In addition to taking news photos, a photojournalist may be responsible for:

  • brainstorming news ideas with journalists
  • consulting with photo editors
  • developing film
  • editing photos
  • scheduling photo sessions
  • writing the photo caption.

Many photojournalists consider themselves to be on call for the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Police and emergency vehicle scanners are common pieces of equipment for photojournalists who want to stay abreast of and respond to the latest newsworthy events.

Breaking into Photojournalism
Although amateurs can break into photojournalism by taking compelling news pictures, formal training in the field is the best choice. Many colleges now offer four-year photojournalism courses that teach journalism ethics and legal issues alongside basic photojournalism technique.

Internships with newspapers and magazines offer experience in photojournalism for beginners. Competition for such positions is often fierce, with first consideration going to photojournalism students who have mastered basic photojournalism techniques. However, photo editors occasionally offer positions to promising amateurs looking to break into photojournalism.

Photojournalism for beginners requires an understanding of how to truthfully tell a story in a visual medium.

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Five Elements of a Great Photograph

Nearly everyone who picks up a camera wants to take a great photograph that makes people say, “Wow! That’s incredible!” But alas, few people manage to get much more than, “That’s really nice.”

Why? Perhaps it’s because not many people know what makes a photograph incredible.

So let’s take a look at five elements that make a photograph great.

1. Good photographs are well composed.
There have been entire books written about composition, and you should certainly spend some time seeing what they have to offer. In the meantime, though, here are a few simple things to keep in mind:

Move in close to a subject. If a particular rose has caught your eye because of the dew holding on to the petals, move in on that rose. The rest of the rose bush will distract the viewer. On the other hand, if you’re photographing the joy on your child’s face after his or her team won a big game, show a bit of the baseball field behind your child so the viewer sees the full picture. Your picture isn’t about a happy child, it’s about a child who is happy about winning a game. Let the viewer see that.

Frame your subject. If you are shooting a landscape, try using the branches of a nearby tree in the foreground. The “frame” doesn’t have to be perfectly focused. You can also use frames effectively when photographing people. Perhaps you can frame a group of children playing in a park by using a tire swing in the foreground. Be creative.

Use the rule of thirds. This is much more simple than it sounds. Draw three imaginary lines horizontally across your photograph. Draw three imaginary lines vertically across the same picture. Where those lines intersect is where the most important part of your subject should be places. Try taking a photograph using this principle. Try it by centering the subject. You’ll see how much more drama the photograph that adheres to the “rule of thirds” holds.

If you’re shooting a landscape, try to find an “s” curve to incorporate into your image. Streams and rivers meander. Rather than situate yourself in front of a “straight” section of the stream, move around until you capture the gentle curves the stream takes. Same with a garden; find the winding paths and use them to add movement and interest to your photograph.

Use diagonals. A strong photograph often composes the subject in a diagonal line. Look at classic paintings of still lifes to see this used well.

2. Good photographs are well exposed.
A poorly exposed photograph will never make a great photograph. Even enhancing your photograph with software won’t give you an image that is as good as one that was correctly exposed to begin with. Take the time to learn how to use your camera’s meter. It will be well worth your effort.

3. Good photographs evoke feelings.
A good photograph stirs up emotions. From a good laugh at a silly kitten tangled in thread to a feeling of horror over an image of war, photographs should make the viewer feel something strongly. So before you release your shutter, ask yourself what emotion you want your image to evoke. Awe at the beauty before you? Hope when your viewer sees someone helping a homeless person? Identify the feeling before you shoot, and your photographs will likely improve.

4. Good photographs tell stories.
This might be a little hard to believe at first, but a good photograph always tells a story. If it’s a photograph of a person, a good photograph is about “who” the person is. School photographs record how a student “looks,” but seldom say who your child is. A landscape tells a story about the land; it shows the viewer whether the land is tranquil or in upheaval, whether it is resting quietly in winter or bursting with activity in spring, whether it is pristine or spoiled by man’s intrusion. Just like you should know the feeling you want to evoke, know the story you want to tell.

5. Good photographs say something about life.
Memorable photographs tell the viewer something more than just how something looks. They show more than the subject you are photographing. A truly good photograph says something about life itself. It makes the viewer stop and think. We’ve all seen those cute animal pictures that make the rounds through email. These have enormous appeal because they tell us that life can be playful, that it is still full of fun and innocence. Photographs of the Grand Canyon are no more than pretty pictures unless the viewer can also see more than the rocks themselves. A cliff says that life can be dangerous. Rocks caught in early morning light show that even something as solid as a rock also has a gentle quality. Use your photographs to communicate things you know about life to be true.

Any one of the five elements above will move your photographs a step away from “That’s nice.” The more of the elements you use in one image, the closer you are to getting a “Wow! That’s beautiful!” Use all five and you will be able to create a masterpiece

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Five Photography Books That Will Change the Way You See

Thousands and thousands of books promising to make you a better photographer line the shelves of bookstores and fill page after page of Web sites. They are full of information about what cameras to buy, what lenses will give you incredible results, what filters you can’t live without, what flashes and lighting equipment will make you the best photographer the world has ever seen, and what photo papers will give you the perfect print.

Here’s the real secret, though: To take a good photograph, you need to know how to see. I’m not talking about knowing how to “look”; we all do that all the time. We look for our keys, we look at menus, we look at our watch.

Seeing is entirely different. It involves perceiving the world around you, and it takes far more than looking in a particular direction to do that.

Photographers who can see create more than pretty pictures, they create art. Whether they’re shooting a nude or a wedding, a dog or a baby, they truly “see” what it is they are capturing.

And so instead of listing photo books that promise to teach you tricks, techniques, and theory, I’m going to list books by photographers who have mastered the art of seeing. By mulling over their photographs, you, too, will begin to learn what it means to truly see. And for those of you who already know how to see, you will rejoice in finding kindred spirits when you “see” the images in these books.

Imogene Cunningham: Flora by Richard Lorenz
Shooting in black and white, Cunningham reaches deep into the essence of nature to show us the magnificence of flora. Through lines, curves, tones, and capturing mere fragments of flowers and plants, Cunningham reveals the inner soul of her subjects. Her images transport you to a world of sheer beauty. Absolutely mesmerizing.

William Wegman Puppies by William Wegman
You’ve no doubt seen Wegman’s photos of his Weimaraners dressed in various costumes. Cute, surely, but is he really seeing his dogs or using them to create something else? In William Wegman Puppies, the answer is quite clear: he is truly seeing these puppies. Photographing them from birth, he shows us puppies awakening to the world around them. He captures their playfulness, their hesitancy, their boldness, their complex spirit. You’ll never look at puppies the same way again.

Other Realities by Jerry Uelsmann
I confess. Uelsmann is one of my favorite photographers. I had the good fortune to hear him speak once, and he is as unassuming as he is articulate. His photographs are not only brilliant, but they also present an alternative reality that makes as much — or more — sense than the one we live in. Long before PhotoShop made it possible to blend images together, Uelsmann was creating single images in his darkroom by exposing a number of images — sometimes as many as a dozen — onto a single sheet of paper. While I certainly don’t advocate trying to imitate this master photographer, his way of viewing the world can certainly help expand your own vision.

Untitled Film Stills By Cindy Sherman
While self-portraits can be emotionally difficult to accomplish, seeing your true inner self is perhaps the first step in being able to see the world around you. Sherman has created a career of photographing herself to explore the roles of women. The photographs in this book are a collection of some of her earlier work in which she poses as various movie stars. All of her books are worth studying.

Recycled Reality by John Willis and Tom Young
In this book, photographers Willis and Young prove there is beauty in everything, even trash. They have photographed paper awaiting recycling in a paper mill in western Massachusetts. Using artists’ eyes, the have found the poetry, the rhythm, the art in what others have discarded. This book exemplifies what it means to see the extraordinary in everyday things.

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