Navratri 2014

I wanted to capture the action and mood of Navratri in Surat. All these clicks are without flash and tried to get the mood.

At food festival it was "Raas"

Waiting to start

Final Greetings

Senior citizens performing for Lord Krishna
Krishna & Radha

 Krishna (cross dressed) & Radha

 Traditional All men group (Gheraiya)

Energy and fun

Musicians in center

Pelican from Jamnagar

This one was clicked at the Lakhota Lake in Jamnagar.

Could not get the sun behind me with efforts in post processing got it to current level.

Brown headed barbet

This is my first sighting of it and the pic has also come sharp and clear I had used manual focus.

Palm Tree growing on another tree.

This is unusual scene to me where a palm tree is growing on another tree. Well that is my first impression and hence clicked these pics to confirm.

Also clicked a close up of the junction.

I wish I had a boat. . . !

Just went to checkout from the higher bridge where should I go for the birds. It was high tide hence I expected some birds towards the banks. But there I saw a small bet / Island full of birds.

I wish I had a boat as from any point getting a click of these was 300m and I found the bridge itself as the best place.

These pics are Straight out of camera at 300mm 20mpx

Trying to use RCC over Xperiea M android

This post is to share details regarding the tests done for using my Xperia M mobile to control A58.

Result of USB host diagnostics on my Xperia M

Tree I wanted to capture for long

Every time I use to pass this tree there was lot of activities under it. Location Rander side of Causeway. At last I got the chance to click it. Morning of march with blue sky was added advantage.

15 minutes at hand and at 18mm on camera I wished that I had a pit to go even further low.

You can see the background with all tall towers which I wanted to avoid.
Anyways after 8 attempts I got this one.

Coromorants at Surat's Birding Hotspot.

These cormorants were in the middle of the lake at the Surat's very own birding hot spot Gavier Lake. I went with my 2 friends and Mit and the occasion was Great Backyard Bird Count. You can check the bird list of the day here.

My favorite camera grip to keep it steady

This one is called Machine Gun grip by many people. It is taken from the army's sniping technique. Whatever it is it keeps my cam really steady and allow me to take shots of small birds @ 200ft with 300mm lens.

Egret getting lazy. . !

I usually do not see Egrets feed on cooked food when people are around. This one started feeding itself once people were away.

Chased a Long Tailed Shrike

It was fun chasing this fellow with my son. After about a kilometer and he pointed us to a good water body. I took about 10 shots at 300mm and one has come well with sparkling eyes.

Repubiic day some candids

These are some candids of people winding up after republic day celebrations at surat.

Practice Flowers. .

Spring is coming and birds will migrate north. Practicing Flowers.

My first trail pic

Trail of candle lit hot air Balloons in sky on uttrayan.

Uttrayan 2014

PavBhaji with Kites and lighted balloons.

First trip to Gaviyer Lake Surat

This was the first trip to this birding hotspot. Man I was busy clicking them and still counting 20+ spices in first trip.

Bulbul in Natural Background

I had lot of Birds sitting on the wires and light poles. Birds in natural background gives much better feel in the photograph.

Tamron 70-300 (A017) review

This is one of the cheapest available 300mm zoom. Many people confuses reviews of SP70-300VCUSD (Model A005) which is costlier and faster autofocus with this one and regret.

Main reason I bought this lens was taking some bird pics, understand and learn to use DSLR (DSLT). Hence getting additional range at minimal cost was clear deciding factor. I selected this lens over a versatile 18-200 for any longer range is an advantage for birding. 

Since I use sony with Inbody SteadyShot lens stabilization was not needed. Combining this lens with a 20mpx A58 I am able to spot birds at quite a distance. (Spotting pics might not be a good photographs since they are cropped too much) 


Performance till now is it is sharp in good light condition and satisfactory for my requirement at f/6.3 to f/11 range. Though as mentioned on sites like SLRGear that at 300mm it is softer here are my results for anyone to judge its sharpness.

I suggest you should judge the sharpness only with stand mounted shots while most of these are handheld.  My suggested settings are using F6.3 to F11. 


Autofocus is slower as compared sony SAM lens but really did not had much issue adjusting with it (As if I had an option!). In low light my cam hunts for focus it might be camera issue. However the focus accuracy is spot on. Also once focused focus tracking is commendable.

Many might feel that slower AF is a big concern but I was able to click good amount of BIFs with this lens


Macro mode (mode works between 180 and 300) does not give THE 1:1 macro but is useful (1:2) as it reduces the focus distance. With 180 to 300mm you are at a reasonable distance from the subject also I use it handheld so if it were 1:1 I might not be able to use it this effectively considering even smaller DOF. I could use this mode for smaller object at close distance. Not the REAL macro but result are here for you to evaluate.

I also used this mode for creative shorter distance shots.


Though 35/50mm are real portrait lens. I like to shoot portrait from this lens at 150~180mm as it creates a better isolation from background. Some portraits from this lens are here. 

Birds & BIFs: 

Last but not the least, THIS was main purpose for having a 300mm. After I got hang of steadying my hands while clicking images started comming out sharp. There are many clicks you can review for this use case.  


Being longish zoom this is not a very usefull landscape lens. I clicked few while it is mounted. I like to take sunset with this. Also at f11/f16 larger DOF gives good sharpness in the photograph. Being a Zoom is its real limitation for this use case.

If on a tight budget and desperately in need of longer range this lens will not disappoint you. All in all this is a good value for money.

Goa Family Pics

Here are some Family pics captured in Goa.

For those Early birds

 Girls Having Tea

Buckle up for the Dhoom ride.

My flying friend

New Year Indian Robin . .

Since yesterday  night the North wind was strong and the morning visibility was gr8. Went for birding just after sunrise and returned by 9:30. Today saw maximum species in a single trip. This one seems to be a lifer.

Indian robin..