In this first post let me give an idea of what i intend to do in this blog series. This is going to be sort of a journal while i go through the various learnings of multiple aspects of photography. I have had my Canon 300D (with Canon EFS 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 and EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM lenses) for 5 years now - but was never able to devote enough time to use it to it's full potential - been using mostly in Auto and occasional experiments with Aperture Priority(Av)/Shutter Priority(Tv). Hoping to put in more time to learn by sharing - and more importantly in receiving feedback from others. The posts would mostly consist of 1-2 photographs taken by me and also references to sites/books etc. which i'll be using in due course.
Here is the first one - taken while i was on a trek to Chandan-Vandan dual fort (near Satara, Maharashtra).
ISO 100, 18mm, f/13, 1/200 sec, Av priority, Evaluative metering
The picture was taken from the plateau which connects the 2 forts - so not that much height but still high enough to allow me to cover a wide area. Though it about 1 pm or so the sun wasn't harsh at all. The blue sky was showing thru' the cloud patches and looked quite interesting so i decided to cover 2/3rd frame area with the sky. I wish we had waited till the sunset - the clouds might have looked much better. Another negative is that the cloud outlines are not as sharp as i would have liked. Yet another one - may be it's a bit shaky as i didn't use a tripod? Not sure if i really need it for 1/200 shutter speed - but who knows!
But i am pretty happy with the overall feel.