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nostalgia ~ Before Selfie!

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Before the Smartphones came into existence…

Before the love-hate phenomenon called Selfie was invented…

the only way to take a Selfie – individual or group (wonder what was it called then!) – is to set the timer of a camera, focus on the subjects (Mrs & Jr Swamy in this case, with space left on the right for Swamy), press the shutter, run like hell and take the place, pose and pray the focus didn’t change before the shot was taken! Now imagine doing this with a film camera :O

Anyway, this pre-Selfie era group selfie (is it Groupie!) was taken using a Canon Digital Point & Shoot camera (bought at a duty free shop in Changi airport, during one of Swamy’s business trips) whose resolution was…

hold your breath… and puhleeeze don’t laugh hysterically…

5 megapixels!

Though Mr & Mrs Swamy are posing with their megawatt smile, hoping to get the shot right (who knows how many iterations it took), Jr in the middle (must’ve been only a few months old) must’ve been really wondering “Why is Dad running and falling near me.. again & again.. when Mom is quietly lying down beside me, frowning & smiling, alternatively?”

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy

nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy series by Swamy for old time(r)s’ sake!

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3-in-1!

There are photos that are textbook examples of photography rules (there are many such rules for composing photographs, in case you chose to trust that ‘intelligent auto’ setting and didn’t bother to know anything beyond). And then there are photos which capture more than one rule, by design or not. This is one of those rare photos where at least 3 of the rules – framing, leading line and rule of thirds – converge to capture a precise moment of Life!

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Place: Chenji (Ginjee) fort near Thiruvannamalai.

Tale: Swamy with Jr. and his brothers visited Chenji while returning from Thiruvannamalai to Chennai. Instead of just marveling at the magnificence of the dilapidated fort and taking a few photos, they suddenly decided to climb up the mountain. That backbreaking steep climb proved once again that impulsive choices aren’t necessarily intelligent choices, always. Totally unprepared and unequipped for a trek, the madness turned out to be a miracle, when all of us completed the trek eventually and made it safely back. While we frantically searched for water at the summit to quench our thirst, the vistas all around – including a sprawling ancient temple and stone wall akin to ‘The Great Wall of China’ connecting two forts (King’s & Queen’s) located on two hillocks facing each other satiated our thirst for picturesque locales. Still searching for those pictures in the archives!