Where the very Maytime sunlight plays and glows with spectral gleams

 

There’s an ancient, ancient garden that I see sometimes in dreams,
Where the very Maytime sunlight plays and glows with spectral gleams;
Where the gaudy-tinted blossoms seem to wither into grey,
And the crumbling walls and pillars waken thoughts of yesterday.
There are vines in nooks and crannies, and there’s moss about the pool,
And the tangled weedy thicket chokes the arbour dark and cool:
In the silent sunken pathways springs an herbage sparse and spare,
Where the musty scent of dead things dulls the fragrance of the air.
There is not a living creature in the lonely space around,
And the hedge-encompass’d quiet never echoes to a sound.
As I walk, and wait, and listen, I will often seek to find
When it was I knew that garden in an age long left behind;
I will oft conjure a vision of a day that is no more,
As I gaze upon the grey, grey scenes I feel I knew before.
Then a sadness settles o’er me, and a tremor seems to start:
For I know the flow’rs are shrivell’d hopes—the garden is my heart!

A Garden by H. P. Lovecraft

Firecrackers are just the tip of the iceberg

No, really. I have over a thousand photographs from Diwali. I cannot figure out a way of posting them here, or anywhere else for that matter, without killing the internet.

Help?

The day I figure out an easy way to sort of automatically add non-ugly-looking watermarks, every post will have at the very least five pictures. Promise.

Meanwhile, here’s one.

Fujifilm launches XF1 Premium Digital Compact Camera

First of its kind Fujifilm Blogger’s Meet-cum-Launch event at The PArk in Connaught Place, Delhi, was an interesting experience where Fujifilm Corporation announced its latest offering for the India market – the premium compact XF1. The stylish new XF1 is the latest addition to Fujifilm’s X Series that offers premium compact cameras. I expected the event to be a boring launch. Thankfully, it was anything but that. No boring speeches or presentations, fun quiz events, a stand-up comedy act and some brilliant photography tips from celebrated fashion photographer Hemant Sood: event organisers knew how to cater to their audience which comprised of this city’s premier bloggers.

Fujifilm X10 on display

Sriwant Wariz, Head of Marketing at Fujifilm India, introduces the XF1: Lightweight, trendy, fully-retractable f/1.8 FUJINON lens, 2/3-inch EXR-CMOS sensor, EXR Processor, and available in three different colours.

Sangeeta Khanna of Healthfood Desivideshi listens intently.

Bloggers check out Fujifilm’s range of mirrorless cameras

Cameraception

Stand-up comedian Rajneesh Kapoor kept everyone entertained. We spoke post his performance about blogging, his comic strip, and the Indian stand-up scene. He is as humble in as he is funny. It was a pleasure meeting a performer who was so hands-on with his audience. You can connect with him on Twitter or on his Facebook page.

 

Minissha Lamba, actress and brand ambassador for Fujifilm, at the launch.

She talked about her experience with the XF1 and it’s ‘cool retro’ design that had bowled her over.

Renowned fashion photographer Hemant Sood stressed the individuality of the photographer’s vision and placed the aesthetics of photography over everything else. What he said resonated with me, so I clicked some flowers. Because.

More flowers. This time with a glass.

Komal of The Delhi Fashion Blogger checks out the XF1.

Vijay of Photo Journey tweets intently. He also won a Fujifilm camera for his tweets. Check out his post on the event.

Here’s what the XF1 can do. Pictures clicked using Fujifilm XF1 decorated a wall at the venue.

The XF1 is priced at Rs 33,989 in the Indian market. For more information about the XF1, you can read the press release of the event right here. Also check out Digital Photography Review.

Standing tall

Presenting the UB Tower in Bangalore, a mirrored version of which constituted my  last post.

“Wherever human life is concerned, the unnatural stricture of excessive verticality cannot stand against more natural horizontality.”

– Frank Lloyd Wright on skyscrapers.