Thursday, January 26, 2012

Evolution of photography

Recently I heard Kodak - the pioneer of the cameras and film technology filed for bankruptcy.
Was really a shock.

Then realized how much the process of taking pictures has changed over time.

Earlier they were the black and white cameras which only a few had, and then came coloured ones. Both had a reel of film of 36. I used to remember my mom telling me to use it conservatively so as not to finish the reel.

Then with the advent of technology came the Digital Cameras of the "Digicams"as they are known today. And with increasing number of megapixel and zoom technology its becoming almost affordable for everyone.

Now you can take unlimited photographs (not worried about finishing the reel), can store them in your hard disk, no need to give to the studio to print, and due to large megapixel pictures can get it enlarged without blurring.

So, just like that an entire industry went out of business including - reel manufacturing, printing photographs from negatives, and outdated cameras. They were replaced by cyber shots, memory cards and recently DSLRs.

So with the filing of bankruptcy of the Pioneer of the Camera industry, we definitely learn something. Its not enough to just have the first mover advantage - we have to change with the times else perish. (Confirming Darwin's Rule of Evolution)

random movies which i like - Alaipayuthey (Tamil)

Most of us have seen Saathiya (2002) starring Rani Mukherji and Vivek Oberoi. It did quite well at the box office.
Recently I saw the movie it was remade from - Alaipayuthey(2000) starring R.Madhavan and Shalini. Must say I was really floored by it.
Don't know what made me like it so much. Was it seeing Madhavan so young and fresh, amazing chemistry between the pair, mesmerizing songs which had meaningful lyrics, or the simple middle class life shown so simply yet beautifully.

It uses the Chennai suburban trains as the background and the story is presented so beautifully doesnt even seem like a movie.

Songs are beautiful -be it festive "yaaro yaarodi", colourful "Pachai Nirame"(Green Colour), mischievious "Kadhal Sadugudu"or seductive "Snehagidhane".

Story goes where most stories end -showing married life and all the ups and downs that come with it.

Hats off to Mani Rathnam, and can say no amount of writing or anything can do justice to this movie (not even its remake - Saathiya)

Google Plus

Most of us, well most people my age definitely spend a substantial amount of time on the popular social networking site - Facebook.
We use it for different purposes - tracking down old school friends, people who we lost touch with, sharing pictures, chatting etc.
Basically its an adda or a common platform for everyone to get in touch.

Google - the world's most popular search engine and inventor of many innovative products like gmail (which introduced unlimited storage and integrated chat at a time when it was unheard of), blogger etc had made social networking popular in India through its network - orkut.

Orkut popularized social networking in India and facebook cashed in on it.

Then Google came back with the much awaited google plus which eveyone joined in with full gusto. In the first week itself, people signed up for it.

But after that ?? after making our display pics and all we left. It was like a gym membership we all join but didnt go.

Guess it takes time for our old habits to die.