Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Photographers Get Ready: November 14 will have Bigger Moon in 70 Years

Finally the Full Moon
One of my best moon shot taken in October 2007 - also shared on Flickr (JalalsPages)

Moon shooting is one of best hobby of the photographers, both amateurs and professionals, around the world. And here comes a rare moment in one's life to shoot one of the biggest moon ever in 70 years.

Yes, it is going to be the 14th of November this year when we will get a chance to see a bigger supermoon. This phenomenon occurred in January 1948 the last time - seven years before I was even born!!

As described by Science Alert website, the supermoon on 14 November will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an average full moon. And if you miss this chance, the next occurrence will not be as early as 25 November 2034, which is yet another 18 years from now.

As per NASA, "The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century."


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The fun of shooting a setting sun

One of the most compelling times to shoot is the evenings when the sun is just about to disappear over the horizon. The pale red and orange light is so fascinating that one is really spellbound and stops in one's track wheresoever one may be. For photographers, both professionals and amateurs or the hobbyists, this is a God given opportunity to freeze the moment and cherish the memories.
Like many people around the world, sunsets also fascinate me and am always on the lookout for sun to start going down leaving me awestruck by the multiple hues on the horizon. Thanks to my cellular phone that always come handy to shoot and freeze the moment wherever I may be. But off course, when I am at home, I take out my camera and wait for the right time - but for that one has to be at home and free.

One other reason why I cannot resist shooting sun sets - as these rob one more day of my life - these are sad moments but how very beautiful.

In this post, I am sharing some of my sunset shots, the first on the top of the post being the latest, taken just yesterday.

some of these photos have been shared on my Flickr page JalalsPages
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Flying Bum - the world's largest aircraft crash lands

Airlander 10, also called the Flying Bum owing to its bum like rear has crash landed on its second flight while flying over Bedfordshire.

The Flying Bum is said to be world's largest aircraft- a hybrid of an airplane and airship remained in the air for about 100 minutes - though designed to fly for consecutive five days.

Watch the video of the crash below:

Video: YouTube

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Drone Fishing

Fishing is a loving pastime and a widely adopted hobby around the world. On weekends and holidays, one find avid fishing enthusiasts sitting by lake sides or even on river banks and seashores in a quest to catch a fish or two.

I too once caught a fish with a crude fishing rod and was to jubilant to have my catch in my hand. One cannot explain the joy when the fishing rod moves and gives an indication of something being hooked on. 

while the conventional fishing goes on, the modern technology is making a difference, specially with the availability of drones and quad copters. Just today I saw this video on Facebook and could not resist sharing with my fishing hobbyists - may be some take a cue from this video and incorporate the technology in their traditional pastime.

Now watch this amazing fishing video of Tuna with the help of drone:

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Halley’s comet to shower its flashy lights this Wednesday-Thursday

Here comes the day the sky watchers and sky gazers await eagerly: The Halley’s comet with all its flashes and one of the world’s most incredible meteor showers.

People in the Southern Hemisphere will have the best of the show while those in the Northern Hemisphere may get a lesser show in the early mornings. However for all, the best time to see the shower is between 3 am and 5 am your local time.

Tips on how to view the best of the show: NASA suggests finding an area well away from city or street lights, prepared with a sleeping bag, blanket or chair to view the Eta Aquarids,.

Read details at Daily Mail

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

You wont believe it - these F-16s are RC

Flying remotely controlled aircraft is one of the most liked and adopted hobbies of people around the world. Although flying small model aircraft  is the fun of the most hobbyists, but flying huge model aircraft is exclusive to some as these big birds cost more and more expertise as a crash may result in dooming a large sum of money.

Yet, despite the exorbitant cost, some lovers of aircraft do fly big model aircraft which when in air or shot from close quarters look as if an actual aircraft is flying. Earlier I have shared videos of the world's smallest RC helicopter, size of your computer mouse, as well as big or should I say world's largest RC aircraft such as C-17 and the SuperFortress. But today I am sharing almost real F-16!!

I came across this video shared on Facebook and thought my RC aircraft loving friends would enjoy watching a sortie of F-16s, the Fighting Falcons, taking to the sky just like real F-16s we seee in war documentaries and movies. So brace yourself and watch the video below:

I hope it was worth watching it!!!

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Homemade solutions are the Easy Solutions !!

There are many problems around us, specially in our homes that have easy solutions but somehow we do not ponder over solutions and try find ready made answers to our problems. May be we are too tired after heavy loads of work in the office due to which we select for custom made solutions rather than home remedies.

Charging mobile phones has always been a problem. We too frequently stumble into the wires while walking about as we ignore the sockets where we have inserted the mobile chargers. But some people, who despite been busy in their daily chores, also find time to find homemade solutions to cater for our smaller problems.

Don't believe it? Well you just need to watch the video below, I came across on Facebook, and see how an empty bottle of shampoo can turn into a colourful mobile charger by someone who has a mind full of ideas and innovation.

OHBOY! That's Awesome!
Posted by Luxury Life on Wednesday, March 23, 2016

See how by applying a little common sense and innovation, we can turn useless throwaway things into something useful - and also looking elegant and beautiful.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Camera Drone - right on your wrist

Recently, spy drones have become small enough to be taken along to excursions and outdoors to record one's adventures or family gatherings and sent across to social media networks live.

But how would you like to 'WEAR' one camera drone right on your wrist just like your wrist watch and use it like any other bigger spy drones? Well if you have been thinking someone to develop a gadget like that, it is here and now you dont have to carry a bigger box - just wear it on your wrist and zoom it upward while you rock climb or cycle on a scenic road with sea splashing down below.

I came across this invention through a video shared on the Facebook and am sharing it for the love of my readers interested in such gadgets and inventions.

Watch the video eblow:

The World's First Wrist Watch Drone
Now you can carry your drone literally anywhere... Video via GineersNow
Posted by Mpora on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Did you like it? Well I am thinking to order one already!!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Beatles: (Would They) Get Back

Those who were in their teens or should I say early teens in the first half of the 60s would be familiar with an emerging band, The Beatles, comprising of four young men hailing from the Liverpool. Within years, this band rose to the heights of glory and dominated all previous charts on major listings and  gave a new meaning to music - a cue to emulate by many groups following.

I and my siblings bought many of the LPs, an area of vinyl records and turntables, and enjoyed listening to their songs. Unfortunately there were no videos at that time and we have to wait many years later in the 80s when the VCR technology came to our country and we saw for the first time these four young men performing. The last LP that I bought was that of the Sgt Pepper and Lonely Hearts Club Band, a double jacketed album with entire songs written on its back and a huge centre page photo of the Beatles in their military uniforms.

It was a sad day in a cold winter December, when while listening to the BBC, I came to the dreadful news of murder of John Lennon. This left the three Beatles, but before murder of Lennon, the gorup had already dissolved with all singing solo.

The advent of internet and YouTube made it even better to listen to their songs - something that I still do when relaxing. One of the famous videos of the Beatles, which some say was the last appearance of the four Beatles, will remain a memorable video of Beatles times. I recently came across this video and would like to share it with my friend who love music and the Beatles.

Watch this full blown video of the Beatles on the Apple Recording Company's rooftop - something that became a history for Beatles were seen performing live for the last time:

May I add here that since the performance was live from a rooftop, the traffic below almost came to a  halt and police had to interfere to stop this last Beatles performance to allow the traffic to resume.

Beatles have become a living history in the field of music for they moved hearts of millions of the time and thereafter. I too am one of their fans for my childhood coincided with their early days till their tragic demise as a band. I wish someday Paul and Ringo, the remaining Beatles, get together and play Get Back in memory of their two deceased Beatles John and Harrison.

Read my many previous posts on Beatles Here
Video courtesy Joe Graves
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Pansy braving the February Cold

Spring is about a month a away but already beautiful pansy is braving the February cold and sprouting its beautiful colours in the flower beds of my house.
My wife, who is an avid gardener, takes pride in her hard work when springs blooms as flowers of many kind and hue blossom all around our house. I am sharing here some of the phot6os of pansy I took a couple of days ago and these are really pleasing to look at.

Here are some more.


This is the photo of the flower beds that I will again share next month when these will be filled with flowers of many colours, hues and kind:

How is your spring plantation going?

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