Posts by: Kalyan Varma

National Geographic Photography Workshop

If you are in Bangalore this weekend, then do swing by for a 2 hour free workshop on Photography which I’m doing with National Geographic. More details here. The exhibit of the winners of the Nat Geo Moment Awards will be displayed for rest of the day at the British Council after the workshop.

Trip to MP

Starting tomorrow, I’m on a 10-day trip to Central India visiting Bandhavgadh and Kanha. Being summer, I hope to see quite a few tigers and hopefully get some decent photographs. I’m also excited about staying at Taj Safaries and doing the Tiger Photography Safari. Since LJ is no longer most convenient blogging tool, I try my best to post live updated on my twitter feed. On that note, once I get back, I hope to move my blog from here to WordPress on my site. Has anyone figured out how to export all your LJ archives to WordPress along with…

New website

Sometime after my 2007 end Namdapha trip, I stopped updating my website. The old system was not scalable, was too dependent on linux-gimp-php-apache-mysql-imagemagick workflow. So after keeping it stagnant for more than a year, I finally got down to re-writing the website. The new system is not platform specific and the whole thing works more of less on exif information. I have also moved to Adobe Lightroom on my machine to tag/manage my photographs though I still do most of my post-process in combination of Capture NX, Photoshop and Gimp. In the process, I managed to clean up my 5…

Leopard and Cub

I had one of the most amazing leopard encounters last week. Here’s what happened : We were driving on the Bandipur-Mudhumalai highway at around 5:30 in the evening and as usual I was scanning around on either side of the road for any interesting wildlife. As we passed by a stationary car full of family, I wondered if they were looking at anything. So I slowed down and scanned on the right side of the road and Bingo.. I suddenly see something move parallel to the road and it was a leopard. I pulled my camera out and started clicking…

Yahoo! Briefcase and CAPTCHA

Yahoo! has announced that it will discontinue Y! Briefcase service. Well it was about time as really never knew anyone who actually used this service. What Y! Briefcase did contribute to was a series of innovative abuse-prevention measures. When the service was launched, storage of any kind was very expensive and Yahoo Briefcase offered 30MB of free storage online. (Remember these were the days when your email capacity was few MB’s). It was frustrating when you had more than 30MB to store online and one had to buy a premium user accounts to store more. Some intelligent hackers decided to…

Keyspan presentation remote

If you find yourself giving presentations often (or even doing photo slideshows), I strongly suggest you get one of these. I used an earlier version of this for the keynote and totally fell in love with it. Later the team gifted me this new model and I have been addicted to it since then. It has a nice toggle button to move through your slides, dedicated buttons to change the volume, a Thinkpad style trackpoint which can be used to control the mouse and of course a very useful laser pointer. Best of all, the USB fits right…

Office Space

Sometimes I actually miss going to an office. Waking up and getting ready to head out. Having colleagues to chat with. Of course I only feel this when I am in Bangalore. But only sometimes.

Wildscreen India 2009

The famous Wildscreen film festival is being held in India in second week of Feb. There are lot of exciting wildlife films, master classes by some of the worlds best film makers and ofcourse its a great chance to meet and interact with people in wildlife film making community. Don’t forget to Register

Mountains of the Monsoon

The film that I worked on most of 2007 aired on BBC1 in UK on 16th Jan. If you are in UK, you can still watch it on the BBC iPlayer. More than 2.1 million viewers tuned in to the show it seems. The documentary will be aired during the Wildscreen India festival here in Bangalore. Stay tuned.

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