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Makra Peak and Siri Paye Winter Expedition

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An Improbable Journey A few weeks back I received an invite from Maaz for a winter expedition to climb Makra Peak. We had planned similar expeditions before, only to have them canceled at the last minute for one reason or another. So, despite already having an extremely busy schedule, I accepted the invite with a […]

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The Rhinos of Lal Suhanra National Park

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Indian rhinoceros Lal Suhanra

The Lal Suhanra National Park is located near the city of Bahawalpur and offers a chance to see some amazing wildlife, up close. The park is home to a pair of Indian rhinoceros (greater one-horned rhinoceros) that were given by Nepal in 1983. The couple has yet to produce an offspring. The Indian rhinoceros differs […]

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Photographing the Milky Way

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Last weekend we had planned to camp at the hilltop lake and meadow known as Paye (the second and more impressive part of the Siri Paaye area). Located in the Kaghan Valley, Siri Pae lies above the hilltop resort of Shogran and under the shadow of Makra Peak (about 3,600 meters/12,000 feet above sea level). […]

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II

If I was asked to pick my favorite type of photography, or range of focal lengths to be precise, I would have to go for the ultra-wide end. The sense of grandeur and surrealism that an ultra-wide lens captures, just isn’t possible at higher focal lengths. Whether it’s mountains, grand buildings or confined spaces, an […]

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Update of recent events

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Life has been filled with so many things that I just haven’t had the time to blog here. Haven’t had time to do a lot of photography either, but there are a number of pics I want to post here. Will do it soon hopefully. Besides that, have moved to a nice office in Islamabad, […]

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Android 2.3.2 Swype fix for Galaxy S

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Swype doesn’t quite work with Gingerbread (Android 2.3.2) on Galaxy S GT-I9000 due to a small, silly bug. If you attempt to select Swype as the input method, it gives the following error: The Swype package you installed is configured for another device and will operate with limited functionality. Please contact Swype about this issue. […]

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Flashing Android on Galaxy S using Linux

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My Samsung Galaxy S is doing relatively well. I’ve found some amazing apps for it and it is both productive and fun, though it is probably in for another update. Like I said, I wasn’t planning on doing anything funky with it at first, but Sohaib convinced me to work on it to get the […]

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Protest against dissolution of HEC

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I have often argued that the root cause of the problems we are facing in Pakistan is the lack of education. Without proper education, we are unable to elect competent leaders or make any rational decisions as a nation. If almost half of our population is unable to read and write a single word, extremism […]

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Samsung Galaxy S

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I’m writing this from my new Samsung Galaxy S, my first ever Android phone. I was considering buying the Tab instead, but lots of bad reviews put me off it (size is not much of an issue, especially if you use it with a Bluetooth device). It took a lot of sweat and tears, but […]

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Linux and Photography

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I’ve been a big supporter of Linux for a while, but now that I’m getting more involved with photography, it’s starting to become a hindrance. No doubt there are countess tools available to get the best out of any photos, but the learning curve for most is pretty steep and they usually don’t compare well […]