Dec 26 2011

“Buy One, Get One” – Photographic overview of an art exhibition

Posted by Knonie

On a cold evening of 23 December, I went to see an art exhibition by a renowned Pakistani artist Hasnat Mehmood held at Rohtas Gallery, Islamabad.

Apparently, the displayed art pieces were looking a bit simple, and the familiar subjects were directly inspired by the famous and iconic works from art history that includes Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, The Starry Night by Van Gogh, Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol, Royal portraits of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan and his Queen Mumtaz Mahal, and some works from older seals and reliefs of old civilisations. On closer viewing, that simplicity turns into complexity, and you find out that these works are created using graphite on paper in quick continuous circular strokes, taking care as to maintain the various tones. That lack of hard straight lines produced a very soft feel to the overall art pieces. Most of these works carry some label on them, that includes the actual title and name of the actual artist, along with text like “Made in China” or the mention of some other countries that provide cheap labour like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. This idea is quite strong in the modern sense of Capitalism, but apart from that, these works are visually very pleasing and they give different flavours depending on the distance of the viewer.

Work © Hasnat Mehmood, Photo © Knonie

I tried to explore the beauty of those works using my camera, and here are few of the shots I’d like to share.

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Dec 6 2011

How to fight distractions, and some other lessons a Cat taught

Posted by Knonie
Portrait of a Stray Cat. Photo © Knonie

Portrait of a Stray Cat. Photo © Knonie

“In India, I was living in a little hut, about six feet by seven feet. It had a canvas flap instead of a door. I was sitting on my bed meditating, and a cat wandered in and plopped down on my lap. I took the cat and tossed it out the door. Ten seconds later it was back on my lap. We got into a sort of dance, this cat and I. I tossed it out because I was trying to meditate, to get enlightened. But the cat kept returning. I was getting more and more irritated, more and more annoyed with the persistence of the cat. Finally, after about a half-hour of this coming in and tossing out, I had to surrender. There was nothing else to do. There was no way to block off the door. I sat there, the cat came back in and it got on my lap. But I did not do anything. I just let go. Thirty seconds later the cat got up and walked out.”

– Joseph Goldstein


Nov 21 2011

Wow! What a lovely evening… What a beautiful sunset!

Posted by Knonie

It was a wonderful afternoon on 17th November 2011, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The Sky stretched with streaks and streaks of cirrus clouds. And when the Sun was about to set, it added so much color. Below are two shots from that scene from my roof.

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Sunset Photo ©Knonie

Sunset Photo ©Knonie


Oct 21 2011

Face sculpture made from old newspapers

Posted by Knonie

Working with paper is interesting, and during the time I was experimenting for creating different paper surfaces and textures by various treatments, I thought about making a face using old newspaper. I used a face I made from Plaster of Paris as a guide, and using strips of paper and glue, formed an embossed face. Some other treatments like applying tea, golden water-based colors, etc. were then applied to enhance the look. I might make such thing in a bit larger size someday. Currently that one is about 6 inches in height.

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Newspaper Face, ©KnonieNewspaper Face, ©KnonieNewspaper Face, ©KnonieNewspaper Face, ©Knonie


Oct 8 2011

Photos of cute Smiley face for “World Smile Day”

Posted by Knonie

It was “World Smile Day” here yesterday, i.e. first Friday of October. That commemorates the creation of Smiley symbol, the yellow round with black eyes and a smile, by Harvey Ball in 1963.

I have an old smiley pendant made of a ceramic cube with a thread passing through it. White ceramic is printed with yellow Smileys on the rest of the four sides. It’s such a cute piece I’ve got as a present.

Shared below are some of the photos of that Smiley pendant, that asks you to smile and spread smiles around, :-)

Smiley, Photo © KnonieSmiley, Photo © KnonieSmiley, Photo © KnonieSmiley, Photo © Knonie


Oct 5 2011

Amazing photos of Enzo Ferrari toy that don’t look like toy

Posted by Knonie

It was a pleasant cloudy afternoon, a nice day for capturing sunset, and I got an idea of using my toy car model of Enzo Ferrari for a photo shoot against this sky background. It gives a feeling of “large” size and that 1:43 toy no longer appears as a toy model. Thanks to Hot Wheels for creating such a high quality replica.

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Enzo Ferrari, Hot Wheels, Photo © Knonie.
Enzo Ferrari, Hot Wheels, Photo © Knonie.
Enzo Ferrari, Hot Wheels, Photo © Knonie.
Enzo Ferrari, Hot Wheels, Photo © Knonie.
Enzo Ferrari, Hot Wheels, Photo © Knonie.


Sep 29 2011

Little slender and scaly lizard

Posted by Knonie

I found this slender lizard sort of creature among grass and shrubs. That looked a bit like a baby Chameleon. It even let me take its photos from close. On further researching it on net, I found it that it’s categorized under sub-order Iguana, under Scaled-Reptiles order called “Squamata” of Reptiles. It’s known as Peruvian lizard, lizard of the beaches, or Microlophus peruvianus. Although the habitat doesn’t match much, but visually it’s quite similar to that species.
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Lizard, Photo © Knonie.
Lizard, Photo © Knonie.
Lizard, Photo © Knonie.


Sep 24 2011

Shortest short-story…

Posted by Knonie

The shortest short-story [supposedly] by Ernest Hemingway:
“For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

Baby shoes, Photo © Knonie


Sep 19 2011

The Baby-Frog Moments…

Posted by Knonie

Baby Frogs are fun. I saw one outside my place one evening so I brought it indoors to take its photos. While working further on Photos using Photoshop, here’s how I present my time with that baby frog.

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Baby Frog, Photo ©Knonie
Baby Frog, Photo ©Knonie
Baby Frog, Photo ©Knonie
Baby Frog, Photo ©Knonie


Sep 18 2011

Story behind the photo of an Ant, and the lessons learned…

Posted by Knonie

See this photo– an ant holding something in its mouth, apparently in the dark with a spotlight highlighting it. Let me tell you the little story behind this shot…

Ant working at night. Photo ©Knonie

One night I was having a walk on my terrace with a cigarette lighter in my hand that has a tiny flashlight. While moving the light on the terrace floor, I noticed a big ant, which on close observation, appeared to be struggling with something stuck on the floor. That was something round, grain like particle and the ant was trying very hard to detach it from the floor. Watching that interesting site, I brought my camera from indoors, and using the light from torch of cigarette-lighter, I made a spot light fixed over ant so that I could take some photos in otherwise complete darkness. After around 5 minutes of my observing it, the ant managed to detach that piece of food from the floor, and while holding it, it started moving quickly in some specific direction. This photo is taken during that moment.

That Ant was now gone…

That little event stirred my mind. I started thinking why this ant was struggling so much to get that food even if its quite late at night. Why doesn’t that ant left that food here, because ants don’t live alone and it won’t make much difference if one of them doesn’t work. In fact, no Boss-Ant was monitoring it, so that ant can simply leave that food here instead of taking it to their nest where all the rest will share it. When the ant got such big amount of food, it didn’t start eating it alone before other ants find it. Struggling so much for that will not earn any special increment or award, then why it still worked like that all alone…? Thinking about such questions made me realise how organised these tiny creatures are…

These creatures are not selfish, which means they understand the concept of Unity. Everyone in their community believes that he/she/it is a part of this entire system, and they need to perform their duties unconditionally, no matter if someone else is watching or not. They are not selfish and greedy, as even if they find a mountain size sugar pile, they will not just leave their community behind and start eating it alone. They never cut themselves off from their community. That very concept seems missing from Human Society, or is present rarely.

As Benjamin Franklin has written in Poor Richard’s Almanack [July 1736]

“None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.”

That’s one of the biggest lessons of life. Ants don’t say things, they only “do” what is required to do, and that’s the highest form of preaching, i.e. providing a practical example instead of just talking. We can learn Unity, Discipline and Unselfishness from this tiny creature we hardly notice everyday around.


Sep 13 2011

Chameleon Closeups

Posted by Knonie

A found this chameleon in a shrub near a residential area with a reddish head extended above, as if looking for some flying prey. Using my regular 18-55mm lens, I took some shots. On seeing me getting so close to it, keeping my camera at a distance of about 1 foot from it, it became a bit frightened and started to climb down the shrub so that it could run away. Check the photos of that scaly lizard…

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Chameleon closeup, Photo ©Knonie
Chameleon closeup, Photo ©Knonie
Chameleon closeup, Photo ©Knonie
Chameleon closeup, Photo ©Knonie
Chameleon closeup, Photo ©Knonie


Sep 7 2011

Updating Sony NEX-3/NEX-5 camera with Mac OS X 64 bit kernel

Posted by Knonie

Sony has released a firmware update Ver.04 for Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Alpha NEX-3 and NEX-5 in June 2011. To get the suitable download for your file, you need to visit the Support section of Sony website, enter your camera model name [NEX-3/NEX-5] and download the setup depending on the operating system of your computer. Since we use computer to update our camera via USB cable, we need to download the setup compatible with our computer.

Rain drops on grass. Photo ©Knonie

We have these 4 types of setups available on Sony website [here]:

Clicking the proper link will show you a page with the link to the downloadable file, and step by step instructions to upgrade. There are no complications so anyone can do it easily, except some Apple users because Sony has not developed a more compatible updater yet. The current one only supports 32 bit kernel.

Here’s what the firmware download page says:

Supported OS

  • Mac OS X® v.10.5 – 10.6
    * The 64-bit kernel is not supported.

A normal user doesn’t have any idea about this 64 bit kernel, they download the setup, but they cannot run it. The setup says you need to run it in 32 bit kernel mode. That’s where many users start cursing Apple, although it’s because of Sony.

To run a 32 bit application on 64 bit Mac OS X, just follow this little step.

All of the new MacBooks come in 64 bit kernel by default, but can run in 32 bit mode. To start your OS in 32 bit mode, press and hold 3 and 2 keys while your computer starts, [Reference: Apple website support]. It can now run your 32 bit firmware updater app.

Follow the rest of the instructions on the Sony Support page to proceed with the setup. In case you’re stuck at the first step where you get a message that your camera couldn’t connect, “Disconnect” the USB cable, i.e. unplug it, and follow the instructions. There’s nothing more tricky here.

After this update is done, your Camera firmware would be updated to Ver.04 with some enhancements and cool new features, especially the addition of very creative Photo Effects.

Happy Shooting!!!

[Update: Please visit Sony site for latest updates. Update Ver 5 has been released by Sony]


Aug 28 2011

Asian Tiger mosquito… Caught in the act!!!

Posted by Knonie

Few days back, I and my friend were wandering with our cameras to get some bugs and insects near our home. I noticed a black and white stripped mosquito biting me on my right hand. I asked my friend to take its photos. That mosquito was so busy that it didn’t bother about all that. After blowing very hard on it to get rid of it, I thought I should’ve killed that pest…

But anyways, here’s the one fascinating shot…

Asian tiger mosquito feeding blood. ©Photo: Hn Queue

Photo by Hn Queue (Hamza Nisar)
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This mosquito Aedes albopictus is commonly know as The Asian tiger mosquito or forest day mosquito.

 


Aug 16 2011

A strange Black Spider with white dots

Posted by Knonie

Last morning, I went out to capture a photo of some wild Sunflowers blooming in an unoccupied residential plot. Upon usual hunting, I found a complete spider web nearby, with a strange looking black spider in the center. That was a matte black spider, with some clear white dots on the sides and above its abdomen. Quite strange kind of patterns, so I took some shots, shared below:

Black Spider with white dots, in its web. Photo ©Knonie
Black Spider with white dots, in its web. Photo ©Knonie