Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Heritage Transport Museum

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I remember visiting museums in Kolkata during my childhood pertaining to my interest in History. From then till today I often look for places which could take me back in time. Antique stuff displays the evolution of mankind and lifestyle. Although I am not a huge fan of automobiles but for sure I didn't want to miss a chance to visit a museum which offers opportunities to explore the magnificence of history. I am talking about Heritage Transport Museum, one of its kind in India. The idea of this museum is the brainchild of Mr. Tarun Thakral

The love for cars pushed Mr. Thakral to start his own collection back in 1994. This was not an easy task as most of the vintage cars were either rusting under some shed or inside a royal palace. But when there is passion no goal is far. After some time he laid the foundation of heritage transport trust in 2006 aiming to build the first transport museum. 

With some help from private investors and collectors, finally, in 2013 his dream came true by establishing the 1st transport museum of India.

The museum is unique and would leave one awestruck. In total they have 75 vintage and classic cars on display. Apart from cars they also have bikes, a 1930 railway saloon, marine and air transport along with a small aircraft. Outside they have steam engines, buses, tram, traffic signal and other attractive transport vehicles. 

The objective of this museum is to showcase the public and private mode of transportation in India from the start and its evolution.

How to reach- Located 35Km from Hero Honda Chowk in Gurgaon. You can use google map and take the Jaipur highway crossing kherki dhaula toll.

This is a MUST visit place. Although I have clicked all the vehicles but not possible to put everything on this blog. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Phone or DSLR- Know your camera need

The objective of this post is to help people choosing the right camera.

Like other professions, photography is an art which can only be perfected by dedication and learning. There are several aspects of this trade which can be aced with practice only when you have a deep interest in photography.

I have often seen people buying a DSLR just because their friends have it or fellow bloggers use it. Most of the times, instead of an actual need, it's become a status symbol. So, before you think which camera is good, you must understand your real need.

First let’s understand the kind of cameras or devices available in the market.

1. Cell phones- Are quite advanced these days and can take good pictures.

Advantage- Small, easy to carry, not-expensive, small picture size which are easy to edit and share. 
Disadvantage- (Only if you are serious about photography)- Limited zoom, not good for portrait shots, print version is not sharp and lacks low light capability.

2. Point and shoot digital cameras- Small and easy to carry. With features to learn basic photography

An entry level point and shoot camera 

Advanced level point and shoot camera 

Advantage- Good battery life, compact and easy to carry, sharp pictures, no post-processing of images required. 

Disadvantage- Limited functions and fixed lens, fixed zoom (in most cases)

3. DSLR- For advanced, professional and high-quality photography.

Advantage- Can click very sharp and unbelievable images, top notch low light capability, long battery life, advanced features like extra flash and microphone attachments, interchangeable lens, extended zoom with telephoto lenses and upgraded in all aspects of photography.

Disadvantage- Expensive, heavy to carry, cost of extra lenses will burn a hole in your pocket, you need to learn post-processing and maintenance, huge image size- not easy to share or edit. 

DSLR has some different categories like crop sensors, full frame and mirror less camera. I am not covering these because this will confuse the reader.

Hence, coming back to the topic which one you should buy. If you have deep interest in photography, start with a point and shoot camera because the functions are easy to learn. There are some advance products available in the market which you can start with. Once you overcome the limitations choose an entry level DSLR with the kit lens (lens comes along with the camera) and a zoom lens. These days there are many options where companies like Nikon offer a combo deal. I used my SONY DSC-H7 for 5 years before switching to Nikon D3300.

If your need is just to take a good picture in close range like selfie, group picture and travel pictures without much hassle, your cell phone camera would be good enough. This is also an added advantage for those people who want to share their pics instantly from anywhere.

If you are a blogger or vlogger (Travel, food, fashion and all kind) where the objective is a good picture or video for the vlog or blog, I would suggest an entry level or an advance point and shoot camera. Vloggers also need a good Bluetooth enabled microphone for clear sound and they should be aware of video editing.

It’s totally upto you what camera you want to buy. The choice will depend on your interest, need and budget to begin with.  

PS- If you have any questions or doubts, please feel free to ask in comments. :)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Janmashtami- Photo Blog on Prem Mandir (Vrindavan)

My photo journal on Prem Mandir in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh.. This is an exquisite and most gorgeous temple I have ever been to. Carved in marble, Prem Mandir is also known as the temple of love that attracts thousands of visitors each day. Devoted to Radha Krishna and Ram Sita, this temple is marvelous beyond words. Enjoy the picture :)