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Celebrate the games, Play Bold

20th September 2014, that was the day I ran my first race. A 10 KMs run on the banks of river Kaveri. It had been only couple of months 2 years ago I had started running regularly. I wanted to check how much I have progressed. On that overcast Saturday morning I set out to run the longest distance I had ever attempted. When I returned home triumphantly with a gleaming medal around my neck, my little niece was more happy than me seeing that medal. "Did you win? Were you first?" pat came the questions from here. It was a bigger task to explain to her about preparation and participation than worrying about winning or losing. When I saw Virat Kohli featured in the 'Made of Bold' video by Royal Challenge Sports Drink, I couldn't help but think about my efforts and preparation I put in for my first ever 10K I ran two years ago.

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Those efforts are no where when we compare to these amazing guys who represent India at international level. The 'Made of Bold' video is an ode to these wonderful athletes, their bold spirit and attitude. In a cricket crazy country like India, it is not easy to be a sportsman in other sports. We have athletes participating in many events – Gymnastics, Rowing, Boxing, Wrestling and not to forget Field Hockey (in attempt to bring back the glory days). Defying all the odds, sweating out day in and day out, with a never give-up attitude, they have already created history in qualifying to the event. It was not an easy path for each of them – their daily struggle narrate bold stories. A marathoner from a small tribal village in Kerala up against the mighty Kenyans and Ethiopians, a gymnast who has the credit of being the one only five in the world to perform the deadliest vaults in Gymnastics, a rower from a draft stricken village from Maharashtra – the stories are endless.

Many of our athletes have come very close to winning a medal for our country in the past and there will be many more gritting it out. As we wait in anticipation of winning medals for out country, you guys have already won our hearts. Here is a big cheer for you guys – go out there and play bold.

#PlayBOLD

Multiplicity…

Few days ago, while cleaning the house I found a camera tripod which was left by the previous occupant. The uninterrupted rain kept me inside the house over the weekend. There I was with an idle mind and plenty of time to kill. And I decided to kill myself along with the time. Few clicks on the camera and few more on the computer resulted in these photos –

What I had –

  • A camera and not so sturdy tripod
  • Plenty of time
  • Theotrical knowledge on post-processing for cloning & layers
  • Some of the key points which makes it easy/simple to get the final cloned photo (Or in other words my learnings/observations from this time-kill experiment) –

  • Once camera is fixed on the tripod, be careful not to move the setup between the photos. That saves some effort in re-aligning them in different layers during processing.
  • Shoot in manual mode to have same exposures in all the photos.
  • Having a fixed light (shooting indoors for example) is better.
  • Have less clutter in the frame. And make sure to not to move other objects with in the frame unless required – leads to more effort during processing.
  • Once camera is set-up and focused, shift to manual focus mode. This is helpful if you are using a shallow DOF lens.
  • If its your first attempt, make sure you are not overlapping the objects/person you are plannign to clone. If you are noob like me when it comes to procesisng, you’ll have a tough time. Once you get hang of the processing raise the bar.
  • Use remote to shoot if you are alone, you get control on the time. If you don’t have one, try tethering your camera. Shoot from your laptop/PC. At then end – you have timer mode or ask your friend to shoot you.
  • (Optional, but helpful) Be creative. Don’t you think, looking at same you sitting in different places/positions is bit boring. :)
  • On all the three photos above, one can easily makeout the shoddy work that I’ve put in merging the images. Time to work on the processing skills and raise the bar. :)

    What’s in a name?

    It was yet another round of fun talk when I told my friends that I had been to Norway over the weekend (during long drive to Shivamogga and Chikkamagalur last weekend). More and more places with peculiar names came out. To name a few –

    • There are villages by name Singapura (Singapore) and Korea near Devanahalli – one doesn’t even have to go to airport to reach these two places.
    • On the way to Irpu falls near Gonikoppa in Coorg, there is a village called ‘Kurchi’ which means chair in Kannada.
    • There is a village called ‘Karadi’ between Kunigal and Huliyurdurga, which means Bear in Kannada.
    • Most interesting name; there is a village called ‘Google‘ in Raichur district of Karnataka!! – Read the full story on TOI

    BTW Norway (spelt as Narve) which I visited is actually a small village between Hariharapura and Jayapura in near Chikkamagalur.

    Blogs and Me

    Tagged by Srik. Here is my take on that –

    Q1. Are you happy/ satisfied with your blog, with its content and look?

    Almost, but still got to improve :p

    Q2. Does your family know about your blog?

    Yes, they do.

    Q3. Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or you just consider it as a private thing?

    Not at all.

    Q4. Did blogs cause positive changes in your thoughts?

    Yes.

    Q5. Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or you love to go and discover more by yourself?

    I comment on blogs I come across if I find the blog post interesting. And I’m an avid blog-hopper :p

    Q6. What does visitors counter mean to you? Do you care about putting it in your blog?

    I’ve visit counter on my blog & it’s just a number to boast :p

    Q7. Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?

    Yes. And learnt that I’ve failed in all of my attempts as I met the bloggers in person

    Q8. Do you think there is a real benefit for blogging?

    Yes, very much & loads of it :D

    Q9. Do you think that bloggers’ society is isolated from real world or interacts with events?

    To some extent. When a group of bloggers meet they speak in a different language – personal opinion.

    Q10. Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it’s a normal thing?

    Sometimes.

    Q11. Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?

    I’m not interested in politics & reading them bore me.

    Q12. Did you get shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?

    I’m not aware of any such incidents.

    Q13. Did you think about what will happen to your blog after you die?

    In that case, my last blogpost will remains for a long time till I come back to blogging in my next reincarnation :p

    Q14. What do you like to hear? What’s the song you might like to put a link to, in your blog?

    Old melodies, especially old Kannada songs. There is a huge list & difficult to pick just one.

    Now it’s time to pass the tag. But almost all blogges whom I know have answered this. SO I leave it open. Any takers??