Month: July 2009

Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts by Ramesh Menon – 30 July 2009

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Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts by Ramesh Menon – 30 July 2009

Welcome all, to the world of Passionate Photographers.

I hope you enjoyed the slow and steady start we had. I know it takes time to gain momentum before we get truly passionate contributors to this wonderful group. It is therefore our common need to set a discipline before we gain that magical momentum. Let that be the topic for today.

You might have noticed the comment by Mr. R Vijayan on my new photo album – Temptations on the Move – Delhi Gaya Haridwar Rishikesh. Every one carries a camera these days and clicks several precious moments. But seldom take additional few minutes to keep them organised for viewing or any other use later on. Partially this is due to the lack of storage facilities or know-how related to the instrument one uses.

Discipline, personal and professional is very essential and I contribute a lot of my success in both the field due to my interest in photography. According to me a person who is passionate about photography is like a soldier. Like a soldier, who keeps his fitness at its peak and maintain his equipments war ready every time, a passionate photographer will keep his camera and his photographic intuitive mind ever ready for a golden moment. To this he has to:

• preserve his camera and accessories in its perfect environment condition

• keeps the batteries charged, carry additional spare batteries for emergency prolonged use
• keeps all the necessary data transfer cables and additional storage cards handy
• keep on reading and enhancing his knowledge about different types of photography techniques.
• Keeps on clicking without inhibitions pictures of objects that suite his interest. As he knows better that practise makes one perfect when a real opportunity arrives.
• Keep on exploring various features of his photography equipments under various conditions so that he is familiar with the instruments and well aware of what is the quickest way to capture a golden moment with the instrument he has at that particular time and place.

I consider all the above factors equally important. However, to the last one I give more importance because it gives an overall positive outlook to an individual. Like you develop an interest to get to know more about your photography instrument, by constant practise, you get to know also the finer aspects of your family, friends and colleagues with whom you interact frequently. A totally different outlook will evolve in your interactions within no time if you enjoy encouraging photography with passion. It becomes a duty and devotion to contribute towards the benefit of the society in many possible ways.

I am thankful to those members who joined Passionate Photographers group on Face Book. For all your information, as a matter of discipline I had to remove one member yesterday who joined and uploaded photos. Nothing wrong in it, but there was no connection to the themes given, there was no trace to interact with his Face Book ID either by comments or messages. As a person who encourages and promote interactive communications it is against our common perceived benefit of sharing knowledge. I hope the member comes back with his communicative ID and share his valuable expertise with all of us.

Please start contributing passionately at your own pace. Invite and encourage your friends and fellow photography enthusiasts to join Passionate Photographers. Let us collectively further the growth of this group to a knowledge enhancement forum for passionate photographers on this e-world.

I will be travelling to India tonight for about 20 days and will try and keep in touch with you through this wonderful interactive forum whenever I can.

God Bless and Have a great journey ahead.

Ramesh Menon
30 07 2009

Daily thoughts created for Passionate Photographers group on Face Book

Today in History – 30 July

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1946 1st rocket attains 100 mi (167 km) altitude, White Sands, New Mexico

1935 1st Penguin book is published, starting the paperback revolution

1836 1st English newspaper published in Hawaii

My Letters – GULF NEWS – Encouraging insults

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Today in History – 29 July

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1952 1st nonstop transpacific flight by a jet

1927 1st iron lung installed, Bellevue hospital, New York

1920 1st transcontinental airmail flight from New York to SF

1914 1st transcontinental phone link made between New York City and SF

1899 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, New York

1858 U.S. citizens allowed to live anywhere in Japan

1786 1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pitts Gazette

1655 Biggest townhall in the world opens in Amsterdam

Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts by Ramesh Menon – 29 July 2009

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Daily Passionate Photography Thoughts by Ramesh Menon

Good morning all. A passionate response indeed to this new initiative of mine to bring together all those who are passionate about photography. As you might have noticed already, each member of this group holds equally responsible role for a steady growth and sustained knowledge share process. This is a thread started to share my experience as a passionate photographer. Let me take this opportunity to briefly introduce the volunteers:

Mr. Ahmed Kutty is a well known Press Photographer working with Gulf News in UAE. Photo journalism is not an easy task and those who read newspapers with interest will straightaway notice his photos even if there is no name mentioned below it. We are now blessed to share his creative collection through Face Book.

Mr. K K Moidu is film critic, an active blogger and established journalist working for Gulf Today. His reviews are popular amongst the film industry and the fans.

Mr. R Vijayan is an ardent supporter of creativity. More than that he has a great heart to say always a few words of encouragement or constructive criticism whenever he observes a creativity happening. Upcoming singer Rashmi Vijayan is his daughter.

Adur Pradeep is a well known journalist working for Khaleej Times. Famous for his sports reviews and write ups, he carries a no nonsense approach and his own bold style of constructive criticism. A comment or observation to be passed with a few words of encouragement will never miss from his side.

Sujit Sukumaran is an established Toast Master in UAE. Add a very good writer, a professional Resume Maker, a promoter of vegetarianism and Indian culture along with a ‘no physical or personal difficulties can hold me from moving on in my life attitude’; you will get a picture of Sujit.

Dr. Rajah Balakrishna is well known amongst Photography enthusiast in the Middle East. A living encyclopaedia of the subject, his experience that will be shared here in this group will be a bounty for all those passionate photographers to share with.

Rajashree Menon – my loving wife. Very creative in mind and dedicated to her profession as a Software Quality Assurance and Project Manager, finds time to check the quality points of my numerous creative pursuits. A spelling here, or grammar there or a stroke missed at another place will never be missed.

Last but not the least – Ramesh Menon – this humble me. Take a few minutes, visit my profile and also visit Photo Speaks, Letters to the Editor, Mind Speaks, No News, Achievements sections of my blogs and you will get to know me.

Welcome all the above volunteers and equally welcome yourself to this wonderful group we have.

My passion for photography started many years ago, when my father returned from Bombay to start his pharmaceutical business in Kerala. In his collection were some excellent books on photography published by Kodak with whom he was working then. I read them as many times as I could during my school days but a dream of getting hold of a camera of my own came many years after that. Imagine how lucky the present generation children are. The points noted from those readings remained strongly and will share that book with you all when I return from my holidays in India. This is the result of an important aspect of collecting and preserving valuables which I have maintained from my childhood.

Well, I hope you enjoyed today’s passionate photographic thoughts. Now, its time to move on from passion to profession. See you tomorrow and I humbly request you to start uploading your collection of photos as suggested in the theme for this summer. Please also upload links to your photo albums at the links section.

Develop the photographer in you, slowly groom yourself to click without inhibition and come out with a photo that speaks life around you.

God Bless and have a passionate photography day ahead.

Ramesh Menon

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സിനിമയിലും മൃദംഗം കൊട്ടാന്‍ അവസരം കിട്ടിയതിന്റെ ആഹ്ലാദത്തിലാണ്‌ ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട കൊരമ്പ്‌ മൃദംഗ കളരിയില്‍ പരിശീലം നടത്തുന്ന കുട്ടികള്‍. ഇവിടത്തെ അമ്പതോളം വിദ്യാര്‍ത്ഥികളാണ്‌ മൃദംഗകലാഭ്യാസികളായി തന്നെ സിനിമയില്‍ പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെടുന്നത്‌. ചിത്രത്തിലെ നായകനായ പൃഥ്വിരാജിനോടൊപ്പമാണ്‌ ഇവരുടെയും പ്രകടനം. പുതുമുഖ സംവിധായകനായ ദീപന്‍ ഒരുക്കിയ പുതിയമുഖം എന്ന ചിത്രത്തിന്റെ ചിത്രീകരണം ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുടയിലും നടന്നിരുന്നു. തിരുനാവായ നിളാതീരത്താണ്‌ കൊരമ്പ്‌ മൃദംഗ കളരിയിലെ കുട്ടികളെയും ഉള്‍പ്പെടുത്തിയുള്ള രംഗങ്ങള്‍ ചിത്രീകരിച്ചത്‌. ഇതിനകം തന്നെ ഒട്ടേറെ വേദികളില്‍ മൃദംഗമേള അവതരിപ്പിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള ഇവിടത്തെ കുട്ടികള്‍ വിദേശ പര്യടനവും നടത്തിയിട്ടുണ്ട്‌.