Wallpaper for October 2009

Goa, baby!

That was the theme and spirit which kept us going throughout the trip. Due to the heavy rains, floods and many other encounters in between, our pleasure trip has become an adventure trip. Neverthless, we had our fun and returned home safe.

More on the adventures in the posts to come. For now, have the Goa beach on your desktop. I clicked this view of Anjuna (?) beach from atop the Aguada Fort (remember the scenes in Dil Chahta Hai?)

Enjoy!

P.S.: Check out the ships in the far end!

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Update:

As per Ravi’s comments below, the beach is Vagator Beach and the Fort is Chapora.

Wallpaper for September 2009

I checked out a picture about an year ago in some photographer’s personal website gallery. I tried now but could not locate the link in favorites or on the web search. It was an awesome picture that let me wonder how beautiful photographs can be taken from such a simple composition and subject. Of course, there was a good amount of post processing done, which I am still breaking my head to get a hold on.

Well, this is a small attempt to re-create a photograph that impressed me with the simplicity. I wish there were fewer strands of grass to make the picture elegant but it didn’t occur to me until I viewed the picture on my computer. I made the best of what I clicked and here I present, as a wallpaper for September 2009.

I clicked this in a pond near Nirmal, on our Independence Day weekend trip to attend an engagement. This is posted on My Flickr too.

Make time to let me know in comments what you think about the final output 🙂

Calendar on wallpaper

If you are like me, a nice photo you clicked on that trip last month would make a wonderful wallpaper. You probably will change wallpapers often too- every week, or every month. Sometimes it’s your kid, sometimes a nice scenic landscape, and other times may be directly from National Geographic newsletter or may be from my Flickr Photostream 😛

Anyways, resizing the photo you clicked to match your screen resolution is step one so that you don’t lose the clarity or portions of the image, or it is not stretched or tiled, which is more often not good. Once this is done, how about adding a small calendar to it?

No applets or desktop widgets (is that what they are called?) and absolutely no installations. I ran into a wonderful online wallpaper utility from Big Huge Labs that lets you to ‘imprint’ the calendar of a month of your choice, along with the resize option to match the screen resolution.

It’s this simple: Upload a photo, select a resolution, choose a month, select a color and position for calendar (top-right for example), ‘create’ the wallpaper and save it.

And for the photo, you can upload one from your computer, or select from the web (Flickr, Photobucket, or any custom URL). If you want to use photos from your own Flickr Photostream, select Flickr. If you want to use someone else’s URL is the option. However, consider the copyright and sharing guidelines before you use somebody else’s work.

Above is a sample that’s on my desktop right now!

Here is the link again: Big Huge Labs Desktop wallpaper with a calendar.

If you feel this is useful, add a comment or rate this post. That will let me know if I can share more stuff like this I run into online.