Stars, up on heaven’s boulevard

In memoriam, N.


I can’t look at the stars
They make me wonder where you are
Stars, up on heaven’s boulevard
And if I know you at all, I know you’ve gone too far

– Stars by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

PS: The photograph is actually a macro shot of a handful of glitter.


Last evening, we had a visitor

A very patient one, mind you. The pictures haven’t come out great for I don’t have a macro lens or filter. I merely flipped my 18-55mm  to get closer.

I’d appreciate if someone could help me identify the species. I am utterly clueless.

(Update: I am told that it is Calliphora vomitoria vicina- blue bottle fly)

Bored and depressed

If the title of this post made you rush here, then you might just be more sadistic than you give yourself credit for. But with all due respect, this post is about me. For the last one week, I’ve had absolutely nothing to do except stay at home and try or pretend (the latter mostly) to study/work. While all my friends were busy enjoying their mid-semester vacations (road trips and usual debauchery), I rested my ass off and finished watching the entire ten seasons of FRIENDS for the nth time.

I had made a 21-point list of stuff I had to accomplish in these vacations. I was all geared to make the most of them. What happened, you ask? Beats me! Lethargy, procrastination and clinical depression struck, it seems. Again. And the fact that I haven’t had a single smoke in over a week has only added to my woes. I’ve been PMSing without actually PMSing. 

Now that I’m done puking all over my blog, here’s a little gift for all of you. I tried flipping my regular 18-55 mm lens to try my hand at macro again. I didn’t like any of the shots. But I did some post-processing on one till I thought it was good enough to be posted here. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, 

The Maze

Macro photography without a macro lens

I’m no photographer; a novice, really. But getting close – REAL CLOSE – to the subject has always fascinated me. Close enough to be able to photograph a single thread, to see what really your eyes’ little whirlpools look like. Of course there was a brief period during high school when I took a fixation to check everything out under a microscope. Being a Biology student I had ready access to everything I needed. I’m sure I managed to create slides of everything I could lay my hands on, but my favorite will always be blood. My blood. But I digress.

I discovered that macro photography is possible even without a Macro lens, and decided to give it a shot. Since the fixation continues, I’ll upload more pictures from time to time. For now, enjoy a view of my brother’s eye. I understand it’s mediocre at best, but I suppose for an amateur and first-timer, it would do.

And another one…