360º Virtual Panorama of Howrah Bridge/Rabindra Setu, Kolkata, West Bengal – India (shot from Mullick Ghat)

Howrah Bridge/Rabindra Setu, Kolkata, West Bengal – India (shot from Mullick Ghat)

The Howrah Bridge is a Suspension type Balanced Cantilever bridge that spans the Hooghly River in West Bengal, India. Commissioned in 1943, the bridge was originally named the New Howrah Bridge, because it links the city of Howrah to its twin city, Kolkata (Calcutta). On 14 June 1965 it was renamed Rabindra Setu, after the great Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore who was the first Indian and Asian Nobel laureate. However it is still popularly known as the Howrah Bridge. Apart from bearing the stormy weather of the Bay of Bengal region, it successfully bears the weight of a daily traffic of approximately 100,000 vehicles and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. The third longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction, it is currently the sixth longest bridge of its type in the world. Mullick Ghat is known for being Asia’s largest wholesale flower market.

Shot with Nikon D90 @ Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye lens @ f/11 mounted on the Manfrotto 360º 303SPH 8 shots on tripod @ (60º steps for the rotation).

The equirectangular output was thn tonemapped (single exposure) in Photomatix Pro thn Photoshop (Ninja Noise plugin for noise reduction and high-pass filtering) to obtain this 360 degree virtual panorama.

Panorama stitching was done in PTGui. Removing of the tripod and VR Head from the bottom face was tedious and was done manually on PS to process the equirectangular panoramic.

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Smoking Kills

Smoking Kills


Inspired by a time lapsed short I had seen, I thought it would be nice if i can try making a time lapsed film on anti-smoking myself.
Made my room into a small studio by setting up black acrylic .. bought some cigarette packs .. readied my sturdy Nikon D90 .. lits by home purpose handy tubelight.
A non smoker, I puffed some 6 packs of cigarette to film this anti-smoking short.
Curious .. why 6 packs???
Firstly I shot 2 versions .. one against white background and one against black also I wasn’t getting the fall in the direction I wanted.
I wont discuss the after effects of smoking on me over here .. thats for some other time.
A raw cigarette takes roughly 17 minutes to turn to ash .. the one in the film took 11 minutes .. time lapsed 11 minutes into 25 seconds.
I hope the message comes across.
And please please please quit smoking.

Please view with sound and click the ‘Watch in HD’ red icon on the youtube screen panel and view the video in High Definition crystal clear visual.

Merry Christmas & Happy 2010

Merry Christmas & Happy 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy 2010 to all my friends on flickr, youtube, facebook, twitter, my blog on wordpress and on my website http://www.humayoon.com.

Love you all … Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada.

Shot by: Babul Bhatt.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/babulbhatt/

Texture Courtesy:
Bokeh Flash:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/8078381@N03/4208435608/

fuji pro 160c diacord frame:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nesster/2811119224/

Santa Cap:
Found on Google.

Humayun Season II

From past 4 years .. I have been down and out completely … mentally, physically, socially and even professionally coz of mother’s illness.

During this nightmarish phase, I put on weight (106 kilos to be precise).. because of the immense tension.
Stopped meeting media related people, thus giving them a thought that I am disinterested in the profession I am in.

I am a happy go lucky person, I am known for my smile .. but in this phase of mine, I forgot how to smile.

I lost the will to live, living just for the sake of living and my family.

I agree, all people do face issues in life and they fight back too and take it all in their stride, but somehow, I couldn’t.

I too am a mere mortal, I fear tensions, deaths, illnesses.

At one point of time .. I had thought that coming out of this trap was practically impossible.

And when life was at its bottom, I met a person who was like an oasis in a desert for me. This person, like an angel, changed my way of looking at things, inspired and motivated me to look into my life and now, life takes a new angle, a new perspective and i realized that there is more to me still left and waiting to be explored.

Slowly but steadily, I started picking up/re-joining the loose ends with work outs, diet control, creative and positive thinking, started seeing life as that person wanted me to see and without being too pushy or lecturing me on the dos and dont’s and also without pressurizing. The message came so beautifully that I followed these steps that i was just thinking about in the past 3 to 4 years but hesitating/procrastinating to implement the same.

My Saviour taught me the most important lesson of my life, “there is just one life, one Humayun and one lives life on a day to day basis .. whatever will happen will happen”.

In a couple of months, I have lost 16 kilos, I see myself as a renewed person, full of vigor and positivity, all set to take on the world of modeling and acting once again.

Coming Sunday (26/10/09), I am clicking my new photographic portfolio and hoping to re-enter the world of modeling and acting for which I need all my friends good wishes and blessing, which I am sure I have.

Lastly I thank that friend of mine who showed me that life is nothing but spreading cheers and spreading smiles against all odds.

I am indebted to you my friend for life. I hope that i will tread the path of glory and success once again and make u proud, but don’t forget to inspire and motivate me from time to time.

Hopefully .. Humayun Season II is on the way. Ameen.

Memories of Ramzan 09 .. Ramzanul mubarak rukhsat hua .. Foodie’s Paradise, Ebrahim Mohd Merchant Road, Mumbai – India

Memories of Ramzan 09 .. Ramzanul mubarak rukhsat hua ..

Always wanted to shoot and document on video during the holy month of Ramzan. With Nikon D90 .. that got possible and also my little knowledge of FCP comes handy to me.

If I say ‘Ebrahim Mohd Merchant Road’ happens to be one of the most prominent landmark of world than I wouldn’t be wrong.

Another reason to shoot this video and document the area is that I have been born and brought up in this area so my roots kind of lies over here.
Don’t mean to brag or exaggerate but I am sure and almost certain that “Mohd Ali Road’ has never been shot so extensively especially in the holy month of Ramzan.

So friends – please view and let me know your reactions on the above video through comments. Would really appreciate that.

Please click the ‘Watch in HD’ red icon on the youtube screen panel and view the video in High Definition crystal clear visual.

Happy viewing and Idd mubarak to everyone.

These food lanes/khau gullies at Ebrahim Mohd Merchant Road/Mohd Ali Road, Mumbai – India are probably the only open air eatery area in the whole world where people from all over the world gather in the holy month of Ramzan to eat delicious, mouth watering non vegetarian dishes. These shops are thronged by hungry and happy shoppers. These small joints sprung up only for in the month of Ramzan and vanishes exactly on the last night of the 30th Rozaz or fast.

Just for the information Mohd Ali Road comprises of 4 major junctions and 14 traffic signals.