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  • The Lion Of Kashmir by Siddhartha Gigoo

    The Lion Of Kashmir by Siddhartha Gigoo reflects on the happenings in Kashmir from 1990 to the present day. The book studies a father-daughter relationship in the light of the deeply complex political and law-and-order situation. It hit the shelves on 5th January 2020. You can read more about the book here: Commandant Abdul Aziz, […]

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  • Hijab Novel by Guruprasad Kaginele

    Hijab Novel by Guruprasad Kaginele is a work of fiction. It was published on 21st February 2020. The book is set in Minnesota, where three Indian doctors are waiting for their green cards. You can read more about the book here: Three Indian doctors find themselves practicing at a hospital in Amoka, a nondescript town […]

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  • Godaan by Premchand

    Godaan is a famous Hindi novel by Munshi Premchand. It was first published in 1936 and is considered one of the greatest Hindi novels of modern Indian literature. The novel was the last complete novel of Premchand. You can read more about the book here: Godaan is one of the most celebrated novels of Munshi […]

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03 July 2020

  • Friday Favorites: July 3, 2020
    03 July 2020

    I’m back with another Friday Favorites post! Each week, I’ll be sharing a variety of products I’ve been loving in categories like lifestyle, home, fashion and beauty! You can shop this week’s items quickly below, or keep scrolling to learn more about each!

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    #1: These are my FAVORITE new shorts to run/workout in!!! I love them because they’re short enough to keep me cool on hot Charleston mornings, but also not too short to be overly revealing. They’re high-waisted so they’re also just super comfy and flattering all-around!!



    #2: Another new favorite for my workouts!! Super supportive, comfy and all-around awesome! It’s also a little bit longer so I can wear it as a top with the biker shorts above and it’s perfect!



    #3: My new go-to workout and loungewear top! So cute and flattering, plus it’s adjustable because it really does tie in the back! I wear it with sweatpants around the house or biker shorts for a workout!



    #4: I just completely decorated my guest room and these are one of my FAVORITE things I got! This is Target’s new line of bedding and it is INCREDIBLE. It’s literally completely sold out at the Target here in Mount Pleasant. I even got a set of the linen sheets for my own bed in the master bedroom and I LOVE THEM!



    #5: I haven’t even been able to get my hands on this yet because it’s sold out at my local stores in the color I want, but I’m DYING to get it in the cream color for the end of my guest bed! It is so so so stinkin’ cozy.



    #6: The Casaluna bed line also includes fragrances, and I got this one to put in my guest room! It smells AMAZING and is so refreshing, but all of the scents are wonderful!



    #7: I picked these up the other day and they are an AMAZING lower-priced dupe to the LuLu Lemon ones. These ones ride up a little bit so I wear them more as loungewear than to actually workout, but I really really like them!



    #8: I have been LIVING in this top the last few weeks. It’s almost like an extended sports bra, but it’s SO soft and so flattering with a pair of high-waisted athletic shorts. It’s definitely more loungewear than practical workout attire because there isn’t tons of support, but I love it nonetheless!



    #9: I feel like this is such a basic thing to include in this week’s post…but I LOVE IT. I got a big Hydroflask a few months back and I take it with me EVERYWHERE now. It truly keeps my water so, so cold and it helps me to be sure I’m getting enough each day.



    #10: I briefly shared these on my insta stories this week and EVERYONE DM’ed me about them! I snagged them from a local furniture store here in Charleston, but they are GORGEOUS. They’re on my upstairs patio!



    #11: I just added this to my makeup bag a week or so ago, but I have been LOVING it! It truly makes me skin look so smooth and glowy and helps with the entire application!




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    The post Friday Favorites: July 3, 2020 appeared first on Hope Taylor Photography.

  • Breath In Quarantine – A Monologue By Siddhartha Paul
    03 July 2020

    It has been a score of years, I last wrote to you. Down memory lane, few glimpses are flashing within me. I am not going to ask you how are you as I know from the core of my heart that you are fine. Is it the strict, imposed, isolated quarantine period that impelled me to hear you, maybe.

    The lockdown has knocked our doors directly and I return from my job with an endless time in my pocket. Suddenly I discover myself in an entirely strange set up where I was forced to migrate only a month ago. Myself, driven and derided by the whole paused world, stands alone in the middle of nowhere. I feel the weight on my chest while witnessing the scenario of both sided closed and locked doors of that apartment. As if refused by all I feel mental and literal imprisonment. Feeling of that uncanny traveler who came and asked “Is there anybody?” takes me far away. Still, I start to believe in these pandemic stricken lonely staircases for being pal in my melancholic hours.

    I have not unpacked my longings yet Van Gogh and Beatles are not letting me stay in peace so I have to take them out only to combat the soundlessness that has engulfed me. My believe works as soon as Vincent’s starry, starry night draws me towards it. With a deep sigh, I understand what he tried to say about his sufferings, sanity, and how he tried to set them free. Actually, I need someone very badly. l start to gasp, want to get rid of such breathless moments, seconds, minutes, and hours…still I can’t say how and when I step my foot on the rooftop. Here I feel the bliss of solitude can hear sounds in silence among the concrete structures without human beings, among the crows among the imaginary human shapes on the wall. I ask myself, is everyday life going to take a break! Time flies with a realization that I am lonely but not alone when I manage to watch my octogenarian neighbor, the windowpane, the colorful window curtain. In a splash of thunder with light, I find myself with Beatles walking through the waterlogged footpath of Abbey Road. They help me to face myself. Frankly speaking, they remind me of lost and missing pieces of life.

    I return back to my complete nothingness and torn strings of recently got Ukulele unknowingly create wild tunes of unsung songs….memory appears in front of me. Do you know what memories can bring? Yes, they bring diamonds and rust!

    Sometimes I love to set the mood of my solitariness with food cooking on the oven. Mood swings to and fro at the sight of burnt papad representing my own wretched and helpless conditions. I proceed towards the deathlike darkness.

    Hours after hours I sit doing nothing with blank head and closed heart. Then slowly non-existence finds glimpses of slanting rays of bright colorful leaves shown from my bathroom. The leaves seem joyful for thriving over reviving. All of a sudden I sense cold grip of foams touching my feet. My soulful wander thirst anchors me in front of a sea… tightly I hold a hand while listening heart rendering cry of waves. No human being but a lizard on the ceiling, a mosquito on my palm make me feel the presence of someone.

    I throw my glance towards my balcony. To my sheer surprise, I see a couple of birds and pronounce – Love is the only song of the day. I see yellow leaves are fading away, rainbow colors are rippling like cascades, and cards are kept open in the sun for being dried up. The world is dreaming as well as trying to stay tuned with the coming normal life. Closing my eyes I convey my thankfulness to life. Hardships of life make me realize once you embrace your sadness, your uncertainty you can create a better song. What are you doing during these unwanted confined days? Do you remember everything? Anything?

    These quarantine days have expired the excuse ‘I don’t have the time’. More than enough time having bent and melted is showering on me like countless droplets of rain. Picking up all those droplets of moments in the form of words in the form of pain I am writing to you on my blank and white mind pages. Perhaps we will never meet in this earthly life still I am posting this letter in the name of void sky ’sealed with a kiss’. Please answer me, if possible. And lastly, wherever you are, STAY HOME. STAY SAFE.

    About Siddhartha Paul

    Siddhartha’s journey has by no means been smooth or easy, he is a common man with a routine job, who has struggled in his domestic life. What had begun as only the documentation of his avid traveling and wanderlust, underwent many twists of life and fate to become the apex of the street genre it is today.

    Diagnosed with severe eyesight issues and suspected eye cancer, almost put an end to his passion for photography leaving him physically and mentally broken, with no clear path to move ahead, this deep thinking and sensitive man, did not stop embracing life with whatever little he had. Being forbidden to get out in the bright sun, he continued to take pictures from within his room and in the evening. He fell in love with the old charms of the city anew. He fell in love with something so many of us take for granted, his eyesight.

    You can find Siddhartha Paul on the Web :

    All the pictures in this post are copyrighted to Siddhartha Paul. Their reproduction, even in part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.

  • Michael Darough: The Talk
    03 July 2020
    Projects featured this weekwere selected from our most recent call-for-submissions. I was able to interview each of these individuals to gain further insight into the bodies of work they shared. Today, we are looking at the series The Talk by Michael Darough. Michael Darough graduated from the University of Memphis, earning an MFA in photography in
  • Oceans: Aerial Landscape Series By Javi Lorbada
    03 July 2020

    During 2018 we set foot on a journey of a lifetime, 6 months traveling across several countries in South Asia finishing in Australia and New Zealand. Looking back at those memories I gathered a collection of aerial images from the oceans. Surfers, coastlines, snorkelers or rugged cliffs were chosen for this set. Hope you enjoy.

    Javi Lorbada is a Madrid based adventure and travel photographer. Born and raised in Spain; at his twenty-four he moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, seeking new opportunities in his career as a mobile software developer. During his time in Amsterdam, Javi developed a strong connection with multicultural people and started his affection to discover more about the world, its different cultures, its people, its landscapes. That triggered his passion for photography and sharing it with friends and family.

    After six and half years he decided to quit his software development job and going away for more than eight months, he traveled through Nepal, Jordan, Chile, India, Australia and New Zealand among other places and decided to try on this passion. Always hunger for adventure, any time of the year you’ll find Javi on the road, hiking through rugged mountains, skiing with friends, or sleeping in his tent seeking for sunsets and sunrises.

    Buy these Oceans prints on online shop.

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    All the pictures in this post are copyrighted to Javi Lorbada. Their reproduction, even in part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.

  • They Don’t Just Make Filters Anymore: PolarPro Apex Tripod Review
    03 July 2020
    Up until recently, PolarPro was known primarily as a manufacturer of photographic filters. That all changes today with the introduction of PolarPro's Apex Tripod and Apex Tripod Base. Both are members of the company's Quick-Release Modular System of camera accessories. Designed with interoperability in mind, they are joined by the Belay Camera Straps and the Traverse Camera Harness. The Apex Tripod is a mini tripod designed to work in just about any traversable terrain. As long as there's enough room for you to deploy the Apex, you've got a stable platform from which to mount your camera. The folks over at PolarPro kindly sent over the Apex for us to try out ahead of its launch. Check out how it fared in the real world after the jump.
  • Follow these seven tips and you’ll never shoot a blurry portrait again
    03 July 2020

    Sharpness is one of the things most of us want to get right when taking photos. But alas, there are so many things that can mess up our plans. In this video from Adorama, Gavin Hoey will share seven great tips that will help you overcome the obstacles and get tack sharp portraits every time. […]

    The post Follow these seven tips and you’ll never shoot a blurry portrait again appeared first on DIY Photography.

  • Canon preparing for global EOS R5 & R6 event on July 9th as teasers appear around the world
    03 July 2020

    Well, a July 9th announcement for the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless bodies looks to be pretty much confirmed now as Canon websites across the world are putting up pages teasing the event, with Canon Japan even including a countdown timer. The date had previously been rumoured, but nothing was official, until now. […]

    The post Canon preparing for global EOS R5 & R6 event on July 9th as teasers appear around the world appeared first on DIY Photography.

  • Canon has dropped “Master” and “Slave” terminology from its flash system
    03 July 2020

    In the light of recent Black Lives Matter protests, some photographers pointed out that camera companies should drop the “master” and “slave” terms. And Canon officially did so. When using this manufacturer’s flash system, don’t be surprised if you find different terminology. “Master” and “slave” are the terms you’ll find when using different flash units […]

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  • Bring your sparkler photos to life with Plotagraph
    03 July 2020

    I’m excited for this year’s fireworks fiesta. I’m planning to do more portraits with sparklers and flash, but I’ve got a new plan for finishing them, too. Forgive me for using this picture (again!) but it allows me to practice with the finishing process. I’ll do some more next week with fresh pictures to help […]

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  • Canon’s New 1 MP SPAD Sensor Offers Potential for Highly-Sensitive Imaging
    03 July 2020

    The post Canon’s New 1 MP SPAD Sensor Offers Potential for Highly-Sensitive Imaging appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Jaymes Dempsey.

    Canon has just announced the completion of a 1-megapixel single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) image sensor, making it the first of its kind.

    Traditional CMOS sensors work by capturing photons (i.e., particles of light), and converting them to charge (which are ultimately transformed into digital pixels).

    That way, when you press the shutter button, your camera’s sensor starts capturing photons, with each photon equivalent to a very small amount of light. These photons are turned into pixels, so that areas of a scene that produce or reflect more light are rendered brightly compared to areas of a scene that produce or reflect less light.

    Now, CMOS sensors only offer a certain level of sensitivity. If you shoot at 1/8000s, unless the light is unusually powerful, you’re not going to capture many photons at all, resulting in a completely black image.

    (That’s essentially what underexposure is, after all: The failure to capture a sufficient number of photons for a bright image.)

    Anyways, that’s how a standard sensor works.

    But as explained by Canon, a SPAD sensor works differently:

    “When a single light particle…reaches a pixel it is multiplied – as if creating an “avalanche” – that results in a single large electrical pulse.”

    In other words: Each photon gives you far more charge to work with, resulting in much greater sensitivity overall.

    While Canon’s current SPAD sensor only captures 1 megapixel images, an imaging device that sensitive could offer plenty of benefits in terms of scientific technology. For instance, Canon’s SPAD sensor can expose its pixels in 3.8 nanoseconds, which makes it possible to capture events and features that were previously considered impossible.

    Canon argues that “thanks to its ability to capture fine details for the entirety of events and phenomena, this technology holds the potential for use in a wide variety of fields and applications including clear, safe and durable analysis of chemical reactions, natural phenomena including lightning strikes, falling objects, damage upon impacts and other events that can’t be observed with precision by the naked eye.”

    There are also applications in terms of 3D imaging, due to a SPAD sensor’s capacity to record precise exposure times.

    While it doesn’t sound like SPAD sensors will be reaching consumer sensors any time soon, it’ll be interesting to see how this technology gets utilized!

    Now over to you:

    What potential applications can you imagine for SPAD sensors? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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