Saturday, September 25, 2010


The DSLR sales in recent times are showing exponential growth. Thanks to the growing pockets of individuals and the verities of models available in the market. Companies are competing each other to bring more and more newer models for all kinds of customers. On one side they are coming with very economical models to increase the penetration. On the other side they are coming with advanced versions for existing users to upgrade and get the best photographic experience. 



Recently I got the D5000 to use. The Nikon D5000 is a powerful and versatile SLR camera that delivers superb still images and high-definition D-movie clips with sound. Incredibly easy to use, it boasts a range of automatic features that help capture the shots you want and an impressive 12.3 megapixel DX format image sensor that ensures exceptionally detailed results. On the surface, the arrival of the D5000 was only a matter of time. According to figures released from Nikon, sales of the entry-level D40, D40X, and D60 cameras account for roughly 80 percent of all Nikon DSLR sales. It's no wonder that Nikon was so eager to take the new high resolution sensor and video mode from their mid-grade D90 and put it into a lower-priced entry-level DSLR.



Nikon D5000 Key Features
  • 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • 2.7" tilt and swivel LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
  • Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
  • Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking
  • Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
  • 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
  • 4 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Expeed image processing engine
  • Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
  • Connector for optional GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
  • New battery with increased capacity
  • 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback
The D5000 could easily be seen as a D60 with a tilting screen added, and most of a D90 stuffed into it. As such it offers quite a few feature improvements over its little brother:
  • 12.3 MP CMOS sensor (D60: 10.2 MP CCD)
  • Tilt/swivel screen
  • Live View with contrast detect AF
  • Movie Mode
  • Wider ISO range
  • 11 point AF system with 3D tracking (D60: 3 point AF)
  • Control of Active D-Lighting intensity
  • Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration
  • Choice of JPEG quality in RAW+JPEG shooting
  • Extra retouching options
  • More scene modes
  • Faster continuous shooting
  • Exposure bracketing

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Friday, September 24, 2010

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

A journey from Chennai to Mahabalipuram

A Short one day journey from Chennai – Mahabalipuram Thorugh ECR

First stop was at DakshinaChitra

DakshinaChitra is a cultural village that has replicas of South Indian Houses, heritage items, etc. replicating the cultural settings. All 4 southern states have presence here. This is a place where you can get the idea of the different cultures of southern states. It is a center for the living traditions of art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture of India with an emphasis on the traditions of South India.

  A project of the Madras Craft Foundation (MCF), a non-profit organisation. DakshinaChitra opened to the public in December 1996. It gives you a glimpse of art and craft, lifestyle, music and dance of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

On the East Coast Road at Muttukadu – 21 kms South of Chennai.
Timing: You can visit the Dakshinachitra between 10 am to 6 pm, six days a week. Tuesday Holiday.

Major events at Dakshinachitra:
  • exhibitions of Indian cultural handicrafts, arts etc
  • workshops for kids and adults
  • demos of folk theater
  • other arts and crafts
  • theme dinners etc

Pictures of some Trainings given at Dakshinachitra

Next Stop :
The Madras Crocodile Park

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world and one of the oldest non government environmental organizations in Asia. I have been through ECR many times. But I have never visited the park before. So this time didn’t want to miss it.


Madras Crocodile Bank (as it is called) is located 40 km from Chennai city (or 10 Km from Mamallapuram/ Mahabalipuram) along ECR.

Park details:

Post Bag No 4,
Mamallapuram-603 104,
Tamil Nadu, S. India

T: +91-044-27472447
F: +91-044-27472958

Regular Hours
08:30hrs – 17:30hrs
Weekly Holiday

Gate Fee
Adults: Rs 35/,
Children<10 yrs: Rs10/-

Camcorder: Rs 100/-
Still Camera: Rs 20/-

The above picture is not a display. Its a random click from an aquarium tank. This resembles a Dolfin playing with a ball...