Ekshathe Dekhi: Open Air Exhibition

My second group photography exhibition titled “Ekshathe Dekhi” commences tomorrow at Chobir Haat, opposite of Dhaka University’s Institute of Fine Arts at Shahbag, Dhaka.

It’s open from 11:00 to 20:00 till 5th February. There will be a musical program on the last day of the event.

All proceedings from this exhibition will go to the Sidr victims fund. Come over if you get a chance!

Sidr Aid Photography Exhibition

Some brilliant photography of renowned photographers of the time will be displayed in the Sidr Aid Photography Exhibition, which starts from today.

It’ll continue till 31st January 2008, from 11:00 to 19:30 everyday at Russian Center of Science and Culture, House 510, Road 7, Dhanmondi, Dhaka. Earned money from the sold photographs will be given to the Sidr victim fund for the welfare of the victims.

We are expecting a great response from all walks of people participating in this social act and thus stepping forward in aid of the Sidr victims. I’ve contributed a photograph and I’m part of the organising team as well. Please come and visit us.

Ahsan Manzil Visit

I’ve been hearing about Ahsan Manzil since childhood, but never got the chance to visit it since it’s located in a different part of Dhaka. I went to that area for the first two months ago, and decided to go there again to visit the Ahsan Manzil. So my friend Shan and I kept making plans and finally went there today… and it was worth it. It’s a beautiful architectural monument that reminded me of our gloried past.

Ahsan Manzil
Located on the banks of Buriganaga river and very near to Sadarghat Launch Terminal, it was the residential palace of the Nawabs of Dhaka. Now turned into a museum, it has 31 rooms and 23 galleries displaying portraits, furnitures and household articles and utensils used by the Nawabs.

Front view of Ahsan Manzil

Closed on Thursday, the museum is open from 10:30 to 17:30 on weekdays, and 15:00 to 19:30 on Friday during summer time (April – September). During winter (October – March), it’s open from 9:30 to 16:30 on weekdays and 15:00 to 19:30 on Friday. Go ahead and spend an hour or two at Ahsan Manzil and enjoy it’s beauty only in return of a 2 taka entry fee.

Check out more pictures of Ahsan Manzil.

Birth of BP

Bangladeshi Photographers (BP) is the newest photographers’ association in the country. It was originally a Flickr group, where few members including the founder Hasan bhai wanted to take it one step forward in shaping it into a “real life” organisation. The first meeting of BP was held today at the Hasan bhai’s studio at Siddeswari where 17 Flickr addicts were present.

Bangladeshi Photographers

We discussed about a lot of issues including overall management of the newly formed association, website issues, photography exhibition in December and a competition in 2008 and so on. The committee hasn’t been formed yet, but I was given the informal responsibility of the treasurer. I’ve also agreed to volunteer as the webmaster as well as work on to making the constitution for BP.

Canon Digital IXUS 70

After comparing all the available ultra compact digital cameras on the market, and I finally bought myself a Canon Digital IXUS 70. This credit card sized gem is an upgrade of Digital IXUS 60, featuring 7.1 megapixel CCD sensor, DIGIC III image processor with iSAPS technology, 3X optical zoom lens, 2.5″ LCD display, ISO range of 80 to 1600, and less than an inch in thickness!

Other than the size what attracted me the most is the face detection function, which automatically locates human faces in a shot and adjusts the autofocus, exposure and flash to provide the best results. Experts say that this is the next best thing to the image stabiliser function, which this camera lacks.

Here are some stuff about the camera that you guys might want to know about:

Memory card: You can use MMC, SD, or SDHC cards with this camera. A 32 MB SD card is included with the pack, but using a 512 MB or 1 GB is recommended.

LCD display: The 2.5″ silicon TFT color LCD unit is large enough. I bought a screen protector for myself, and so should you.

Battery: The rechargeable lithium ion battery (model: NB-4L) seemed to last comparatively longer than the cameras using AA batteries. It takes around one and half hour to recharge from fully depleted state.

Video recording: Capturing is smooth and can record upto 4 GB at a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels at 30 frames per second. Upto 4 GB of videos can be recorded (compared to 1 GB limit of the it’s predecessor IXUS 60).

TV output: You can connect the camera to your television with the supplied AV cable to view the photos and watch the videos. The image sideshow feature comes very handy in this case.

Released in March 2007, this camera is known as Digital IXY 10 in Japan and PowerShot SD1000 Digital ELPH in Europe. If you’re a Canon fan (or not) and want a light-weight pocketable camera, then get one for yourself! I’m sure that you won’t regret!

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