Amidst a sea of black, there was white. From far off, white dotted the sea of black. On closer inspection, it bought immense delight & even surprise on the faces of onlookers. Some commented the new comers to be from Australia. The local vendor had a gala time weaving stories & charging premium for the yellow gathias. It was time of “Seagulls”. They hit the Mumbai coast a few weeks ago much to dismay of the pigeons who were ignored by locals.
The seagulls as per the chana vendor(bird food vendor) arrived everyday early morning around 7AM & sat around till the sunset. In evening, large number of people flocked around to catch a glimpse of these white birds & they left no stone unturned even in feeding them. From little kids to elderly, everyone was fascinated by these small white wonders. Clicking away on mobile or trying to take selfie as they feed them.
I made the most of this opportunity and returned with the following pictures. Armed with a Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS & Canon 60D, I ventured near the coast for a few days. Each day was a unique experience in itself. Ofcourse, I had the challenge to work around the slow autofocus of my lens. I had adequate reach but the lens slow focus meant I missed a lot of shots. That also meant I had to take ample shots to have the good ones. It was all about patience & finding the perfect angles. There were even moments where I was equally tempted to swap on my wide angle zoom lens as at times, the seagulls flew really close.
Canon DSLR’s offer a way to monitor your battery. A feature unknown to many. It is a simple but effective system. It lets you know whether the battery requires to be replaced. It also provides the number of shots taken since the battery was inserted.
To access this feature, simply go under the menu option “Battery Info” on your Canon DSLR. Once within, you will be able to see the battery inserted along-with shots taken and its health. Now press ‘Info’ & then select register. Now your battery will be registered and you can monitor it time and again. This way you can register multiple batteries. This also helps when you swap batteries with someone and are unable to identify the two, as the batteries are registered by the system via their unique serial number. This might not work if you are using third party batteries which do not have the smart chip within. I always recommend to use original spares from the manufacturer.
Yongnuo is known for its budget speedlights. These speedlights offer great value for money and have been proven reliable over the time. The brand is also known to offer identical features as found in the big manufacturer’s arsenal. Today after a long period of using the company’s latest speedlight, the Yongnuo YN-600EX-RT, I put down my views on the same.
Tilt & Swivel LCD screens had made appearance on cameras long ago. Now every other camera in the market including the professional ones offer this feature. Some find this a marketing gimmick but I will tell you why I feel it isn’t one.
# Convenience – The number one benefit offered by a tilt and swivel screen is that of convenience. Gone are the days when one was required to get low in the dust or take an overhead shot praying for it to turn out good. A tilt and swivel screen addresses these problems effortlessly. There have been times when I have put my camera under a wire mesh with a hole in between and used the tilt screen to help me aid compose. Without that, it would have been a spray and pray affair.
# Discreet Shooting – Tilt and swivel LCD screens are so useful when it comes to discreet shooting. Those candid moments can be captured as one is unaware that he is being photographed. Hip shooting is suddenly no more of a guess work game.
# Cinematography – With video on DSLR becoming main-stream, it is easy for the camera operator to turn the LCD as per his convenience. There is no need again to crank the neck and be in discomfort for extended period of times.
# Selfie – Though it was definitely not why camera manufacturers implemented a tilt & swivel LCD screen but it can be put to good use to take a selfie. Simply turn the screen towards the lens side and you can take a selfie making sure the frame is as per your desire. I use this feature for selfies but also for videos where I have no camera operator and I am one man army.
# Protection – There are times when you simply don’t need to review the LCD screen. At such simply flip the screen and let it rest inside to prevent exposure from outer elements. This also comes handy when storing the camera.