Tuesday, July 7, 2009

N79 - How to Capture the Photographer without Self-Timer

Deshal Weerage, Along with his Nokia N79, Demonstrates How to capture the Photographer in a group photo without Using the Camera's Self Timer Feature.

The Video was captured during my Nuwara-Eliya Vacation, using the N73

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And Last, But not least, The Photograph...


Nuwara-Eliya, A Wet and Cold Vacation

After a trip with my friends to Nuwara-eliya, im back on the blog. Nice views, and cold weather makes Nuwara-Eliya the perfect place to have a fun filled vacation.

The Following Pictures were captured from My N73, During the Vacation.
Resolution has been reduced to 560x420 Pixels to increase load time.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Panoramio and YouTube on Google Earth

Recently, i found some spare time to take a tour on and check what's new on it. Last version of Google Earth i saw is Version 3, which is quite old and out dated. Any how, while i was zooming in towards my Home town (Negombo), i saw a few YouTube videos and Panoramio Photos Popping out of certain places.

When you tag the location of a YouTube Video or a Panoramio Photo you upload, now it appears on Google Earth as well. Its quite new to me, as i was not aware of this. To see this, you need to enable "Panoramio" Under Geographic Web Option and YouTube in the Layers Menu.

I have been using Panoramio (User Name : DJNJ) and YouTube for some time now, and most of the Photos and Videos i uploaded are now visible on Google Earth.

Most of my YouTube Videos and All the Panoramio Photos were captured using My Nokia N73.

My YouTube Channel
My Panoramio Photos
(Captured Using a Nokia N73)

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Maris Friendship Motor Rally 2009

The Old Boys Association (OBA) of Maris Stella College Negombo organised a Motor Rally for the past Maristonians on the College Day as an event to gather up the motor rally enthusiasts and to mark the launch of their New Activity centre which will be built within a few months time.

TSD Motor Rally

A key feature of TSD rallies is tracking distance. In the rally instructions, the location of all questions is given by way of the distance (in miles and kilometres) from the start point. So you need to know how far you have travelled in order to know when to look for the answer to a question.
This can be done simply with the car's trip odometer. However, sometimes the odometer is not totally accurate, so you will have to manually calculate the gain/loss over distance. More importantly, if you make a mistake, or take a wrong turn (and you will!) you will have to allow for the extra distance travelled, and so recalculate the location of every question.

Two SUV's from Micro On Display at the Entrance.

I had the opportunity to take part in this event along with my friend Amith and his family in their Toyota Hilux Double Cab. Amith's Elder Brother Collin Perera drove the vehicle, while Reshantha Conrad assisted him with the Navigations.

Preparing the Hilux for the event.

Mr. Ranjith Fernando was the President of the organising committee for the event.

The 80Km track for the Motor Rally was plotted by Mr. Thusith De Silva, with the help of Mr. Neil Daniels who was also the Chief Marshal during the event. As this was a TSD Class (Time - Speed - Distance) Motor Rally, a lot of skill and patience is required to plot a complex track with a questionnaire to make the event more enjoyable and Adventurous for the participants.

The answers for the 20+ questions in the questionnaire was hidden in locations such as Temples, Churches, Cemetery's, and on various sign boards along the track.

The route finished inside Maris Stella College premises, the ground being the final checkpoint where Mr. Neil Daniels himself marked the final time of arriving drivers.

Some tips from Mr. Thusith De Silva, after we arrived at College premises.

The winners were announced in the eve after the launch of the OBA Activity center at the College Main Hall. The winner who had the best time along with the Correct answers was Mr. Praneeth Peiris assisted by Mr.Anton who arrived in the country a few hours before the event.

We, missing a route along with a checkpoint lost more than 100+ points at the end, and were placed as the 8th runners up.

All Pictures were captured using My Nokia N73.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Restoration of an Italian Made Yamaha TZR-R

A friend of mine took up the challenging task of restoring an Italian made YPVS Yamaha TZR-R. I used the term "restoration" as the bike happens to be really old, and it was in an unmovable condition for more than 2 years at my place. As medicine to the recently appeared Motorcycle Madness he took up this as a challenge and a job to kill the spare time.

Specs of Yamaha TZR-R

Engine - Single Cylinder 125cc, Water Cooled 2 Stroke, Crankcase Reed Valve
MAX SPEED - 107.9 mph
Max Power - 32.19BHp @ 11,300rpm
Max Torque - 14.89ftlb @ 11,300rpm
Weight - 135.6kg
Compression Ratio - 11.5:1
Carburetor - VHSA32GS VS Dellorto
Spark Plug - BR9ES
Ignition system - C.D.I
Tank Capacity - 13.0L
Transmission - 6-Speed
Forks - USD Telescopic (Paioli)
Rear Suspension - Swing Arm(Paioli)
Front Brake - Brembo 4 pot, single side
Rear Brake - Brembo single pot
Front Tyre - 100/70-17
Rear Tyre - 150/60-17

The bike was moved to his garage, yes.. using a trailer as i said earlier, it was in an unmovable condition at my place. The chain, sprocket, Wheel, front fork and handle was stuck due to the rust and dirt.

Bringing back the dead

Almost everything in the bike was Made in Italy.

I made a video from my Nokia N73 as soon as the Power Valve was restored back to a working condition after two days work. I will upload another video as soon as the work is complete.



Photos from The Railway trip to Kandy

So, After the few weeks silence due to the injuries after the reckless stunt i made on the Honda, im back. Thanks to all the folks who were in touch.

I had the privilege of joining a Train / Railway trip to Kandy from Negombo on a Hot Sunday morning with an interesting family in Negombo. It was an interesting trip, as railways and trains are not the usual mode of transportation we use in our daily traveling routines. We started our journey early morning on a Train (Second Class Carriage) from negombo and reached Peradeniya in 3 hours time. On our way, I tested out the Sports mode of my Nokia N73 Camera and also i did not forget to capture some Photos from the Peradeniya Botanical gardens as well, where we spent the Noon. Tunnels, Signal Posts, and the stuning sceneries spiced up the journey.

The return trip was not the best as we were exhausted and we had to come in a Third Class Carriage. However the entire journey was an unforgettable event, and it is sad to say that due to the lack of maintenance and the corrupted railway authorities, this might be the last trip we will ever remember as a train trip in the distant future.

Photograph captured at 30mph in Sports Mode.

Peradeniya (Peradeniya-Junction) Railway Station

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens

Kandy Railway Station