Four Panorama Photos

Here are four panorama photos I took recently.  First the pictures, then the behind the scenes stuff will follow.


That’s a shot of Cyber Towers at Madhapur, Hyderabad.


This is a picture of the building under construction opposite Cyber Towers.


Road near Shenoy Nursing Home, close to home.


Took this while waiting for a haircut on a Sunday (hence all shutters down) afternoon.

These were taken with my Micromax Canvas HD phone.  Which app, you may ask, since though the Canvas HD has Jelly Bean 4.1, its camera does not have a Panorama function.  However, there exists a way to install the stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Camera app on a phone running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

You can find more information at this Lifehacker post.  I downloaded the APK file and installed it on my phone.  It adds another Camera and Gallery app to my phone.  If I use the new app, I can take panorama photos.  The Photosphere feature doesn’t work on my phone though.

I took these panorama photos and edited them in Snapseed.  The panorama shots are low resolution ones though (about 1500 x 600 pixels).  But for posting on Facebook or here, that’s OK.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Drawings – Sandman, Ma-Ma from Dredd, The Collection

This being the first post of 2013, here’s wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!  (I started writing this post last month, so it’s not designed as a New Year post.)

In the beginning of November, I bought myself a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.  Now, this was an impulse purchase, I didn’t really need a tablet but I got one anyway, and am very happy with it.  This is the first Android device that I bought, and I really like the OS (it came with Ice Cream Sandwich, and I recently got an upgrade that pushed it to 4.1 Jellybean).  I’m using it for reading comics (in CBR or CBZ files), watching videos and taking photos with Instagram.  Another application that I got for it, was Autodesk Sketchbook Express.  It’s a great drawing app, and I have done three drawings so far with it.  It takes a little getting used to (I’m not quite comfortable with it yet), and so far I’ve only been drawing using fingers (no stylus – I tried some pens turned backwards but they didn’t work).

This is the first drawing – a picture of Morpheus or Dream, from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman series (done without reference – I was actually waiting idle after a conference and drew this) –

The Sandman - Art by Karthik AbhiramThis is the second one, a drawing of Lena Headey as “Madeline Madrigal” a.k.a. “Ma-Ma” from the kickass movie Dredd

Ma-Ma from Dredd - Drawing by Karthik AbhiramThat movie was one of the most entertaining yet underrated movies of the year in my opinion and Ma-Ma was a great movie villain.  While doing this one I filmed some video footage, so I’ve posted that as a short clip on YouTube –

The third drawing is based on the Marcus Dunstan-directed movie The Collection.  This also was a very entertaining (and quite violent!) horror/action movie, and I was pleasantly surprised that they released it theatrically in India!

The Collection - Art by Karthik AbhiramWhile the earlier two drawings are straight from the tablet (I’ve posted the PNG files that I copied off the device), this one was edited in Photoshop to darken it a little and add the text.

I posted this one on Facebook and sent a tweet to the director of the movie about it, and was pleasantly surprised that he replied to me!

I still prefer pen or pencil and paper for drawing (you don’t have undo or customisable brushes, but that is easier to control and doesn’t require charging!), but this is also interesting to use.  I will post more drawings as I do them.