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How to format an external hard drive?


Have you ever ended up trying to use your HDD on Mac & couldn’t write anything?

Yeah, Its the most irritating situation when you try to clean up or organize your photos or other data.

Its because your HDD by default will be on NTFS format, you can reformat it to exFAT format, which allows you to use an external HDD on both Windows & Mac.

Here is a video to show how you can do this.

Note: Make sure to take a backup of your data before reformatting it.


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DJI, GoPro & Beyond: Not everyone can afford, but there is Rental!


There was a time where photography gadgets were out of reach for the masses. When the Digital era emerged, camera industry filled the market with hundreds of new camera models year after year & increased the competition in market. Vintage companies like Fuji and Pentax had a great come back with their new digital models. There is always Nikon, Canon and Sony in market with beginner to professional camera with various price ranges. Finally new technologies made it possible for the masses to afford cameras and lenses that matches their interest levels and skills.

A decade after this happened came the action camera era, GoPro made it possible for everyone to afford it with their wide range of products, each year a new model cam is released, it entered the market competing against its own camera with price, advancement in features and so on. It’s unfortunate that it failed in the aerial photography debut with Karma.

However this made many of us notice the aerial photography industry DJI, which is hot in market since more than a decade, though initial years it was known only for film industry as the products were new and meant for the industry, recent years and their products from Phantom is the hotcake for photography enthusiasts and the professionals. Leading the market, setting high benchmarks with amazing features and the quality, DJI proved to be the Leader in this industry.

Starting from Phantom, Inspire & Mavic series (from 2018) are the hotcakes, with Spark, Air and now the brand new Mini are the toys grown ups want to play with. Yet, there is a slight hiccup with the price if you want to try it all and choose the best for your best needs or even if it’s a temporary use for a month or two, price is not super friendly for Mavic 2 pro or few of them. And the brand new debut in action cam, DJI Action being in market everyone want to get a hands on and try it out.

Not everyone can afford it right away and cannot wait for a year for a new model launch that reduces the current model price, so here is a new way to afford it like your own. Rental is a great option if you want to get a hands on or have a need for a week or a month or for a season. There are few to several rental providers in market that rents out the latest Drones, Action Cameras (GoPro & DJI), Nintendo Switch, VR (Oculus) and so on.

It’s important to choose a provider wisely that you get a great a best value for the money you pay. As a freelance photographer & photography enthusiast I had a long time desire to buy a drone for me, though I almost had bought a Spark last year but the color choice made me leave Best Buy! (Why does DJI prioritize Alphine white over other real colors!! You freak!!)

In any case I didn’t want to miss capturing this Fall 2019 using a drone and I didn’t want to buy a drone in hurry and spend almost a thousand bucks just for few days, so I thought to rent a drone and started a google search that ended up with an ample of results, I spent a quality time doing my research and finding best value for money and so on, I then decided to rent my first drone from Crisp, the process was simple, delivery was amazingly fast, package came with quick tips to use the drone, full charged batteries. Before and after placing my order Bryon responded to my queries promptly with patience.

And then there is the luck that plays every time with me like its a childhood friend of mine! Sigh! It was raining heavily the whole week when I had the drone with me but luckily not during the two days during my visit to New Hampshire and Vermont. I was able to make nice memories with it during the time I used it and some post memories as well (Only my wife, my friend & Crispthat team knows that! 😉 )

http://bit.ly/MavicAir-FallFoliage

If you plan to experience aerial photography and want to get your hands on a drone, this is your place to go. Checkout what interests you from their catalogue and rent what you don’t want to buy now, not just that, as a gift for reading this post & to encourage you to experience the new gadgets, get a $15 off on your order using my coupon during your order “bhargav15“. I’m sure you will make excellent memories that stays forever.

Checkout Crisp @ Crispthat.com don’t forget to get your $15 discount.

IMG_7442PS: Use & treat it like your own, respect it like others.


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Fall Foliage – Places to visit in Vermont


I’m sure you’re excited for this colorful season. Which place is better than New England when it comes to Fall!? Especially Vermont and New Hampshire! What a colorful places to visit! October 5 until 10 is predicted to be peak foliage colors in Vermont.

I’m sure you have already started planning for this season. Here are some places you cannot miss when you visit Vermont.

As you enter Vermont, Take the scenic route 100 N/S from where you are driving.

Gondola Skyride

Since you’ve to spend time waiting in the line to get tickets to take the sky ride, and a huge line to even come down from the mountain top, start your day at Vermont visiting the Gondola Skyride. Ticket price is $29 for adults and $20 for kids.

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/75QVgu5tpaDdg9XGA

Smugglers Notch

Gondola Skyride is in fact present in Smugglers Notch State Park, After you are done with the Skyride you can take a ride to Smugglers Notch Scenic Drive. Before that, right outside the Gondola ride, there is a nature trail, you can take a short walk to relax and enjoy peeping the leaf colors. Its very close from Skyride. This will be your memorable drive. You will drive through huge pile of rocks, sharp hairpin bends. You can park your car and take a hike to enjoy the fall colors. You will in fact see huge number of cars parked along side the road.

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Location: https://goo.gl/maps/exEfZ1ZXmp1rXoR79

Grist Mill Covered Bridge

You can further drive through the scenic drive to reach Grist mill covered bridge, it’s just a bridge but its covered, You can drive through this bridge, you will find Brewster river stream with picnic tables. Nice place to have food with family & friends. You can go on hike here. There is good number of space to park cars.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/2V3PRfNrJ735dCKr9

Stowe Community Church

Once you are in Maple street, you will find people walking to see this community church from  any good spot they can find. But I recommend you to watch it from “Tangerine & Olive, Mountain Road, Stowe, VT” (https://g.page/Tangerineandolive?share) Surrounded by the mountain with colorful leaves, little river (yeah, that’s the name!) flowing in front of green meadows, this will give you the best fall foliage view and a great satisfaction.

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Sleepy Hollow

Though I haven’t visited this mesmerizing place during my past visits, I’m hoping to visit this beautiful location this year. By gods grace if I can visit this place it’ll complete my leaf peeping experience at Vermont.

Location: Sleepy-Hollow-Farm-WoodstockVT (Click here)

Your Vermont Stay

These are some places that I have visited in past & recommend to you for a great fall foliage experience. I hope you find this post useful. Another important thing to remember is to book your stay for your visit. I recommend you to use Airbnb or other alternatives if you don’t find hotels, as hotels are booked well in advance & it might be expensive at the last moment planning during peak days. If you decide to use Airbnb, here is a $40 to you.

Use my referral to claim redeem your $40 http://bit.ly/40DollarOffAirbnb when you book your stay for first time. When you try to find stay, use filters, look for super host, super host is someone who is a great host and is reviewed by many people who has stayed with them before.

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That’s Ruth, who hosted us during our last fall foliage visit to New Hampshire. She is an Airbnb Superhost who has hosted hundreds of visitors.

Next post: Places you cannot miss in New Hampshire during Fall.


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iOS13 is Out! Here’s what’s New!


After a long wait & much hype iOS13 is now available for download, before you install it here’s what’s new. Note: This update is available only from iPhone6s onwards.

Appearances

Soon after you install the new update that takes about 20 minutes, first thing you notice as you continue is the new Dark mode. Yeah! Now you have two options for your phone appearance, Light & Dark. You can schedule this appearance as when you want each of these modes to appear. You can use control center to switch between appearances anytime you want.

Shortcuts

A new shortcuts app is now available in which you can create all possible shortcut to all your applications, including default settings, favorites, calendar etc… You can create an action for each shortcut that you create to call its action. For example you can create a shortcut to a browser and open a predefined URL using Siri. You can use gallery in Shortcuts to glance at all options available.

Memoji

Missed those Memoji that was rolled out in iPhone X and above? Worry no more! It’s available with iOS 13. You can customize your look Memoji & use it on messages & WhatsApp. You can customize everything, hairstyle, brows, nose, ear, mouth etc…

Fun part about this Memoji is that you can press and drag the Memoji on messages you have received directly instead of just sending it as a reply. You can pinch out to maximize the size of Memoji and r

Photo and Video Editing

With iOS13 comes a great photo and video editing options! Now you can kick away those apps that you are paying for and that crop app which you downloaded without any other option. Yeah! Now you can edit photos to instagram and Lightroom grade in gallery with wide variety of all possible options available in the native editing option. Also….. now video editing is made fantastic with an editing similar to photo editing, Video can now be edited with brightness, highlights, shadows and all other options PLUS you can crop videos as well! Isn’t this exciting?

Gallery

Gallery got a new redo. You can sort photos by years, months, days. This was already available in a vague way, now it looks organized.

Screenshot

In addition to the existing screenshot feature, now you have a new feature what is called full page screenshot. Once you take a screenshot and open the captured page, you will see an option called full page, toggle to that tab and scroll down the page until where you need the screenshot to save, this will get stored as a pdf file. You can save it to google drive or where you want to save it. Full page screenshot is available only where a page scroll is applicable.

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There are few other minor improvements/changes with the new iOS13, volume control now has a new graphic at left side of the screen, when you toggle between silent mode and back  there is a new popup to confirm that, when phone is charging, charge symbol is within the battery icon, it use to be outside of the icon sometimes leaving you to stare at it to make sure phone is charging.

After installation is complete you might lose all the images on your gallery, it takes a while to sync all the photos from iCloud to your gallery, so if you are not really in hurry you can update it at night, so by the time you are awake all photos will be available on your gallery.

Thank you for reading. Go on and explore the new update, Did I miss any feature? Let me know in comments.

Update:

Apple released iOS 13.1 update today (September 24th 2019), it has addressed few bugs. I’ve installed the update, If I see a considerable changes, I’ll update this post again. So, visit back to know the updates. Thank you!


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Mandatory accessory, Powerbank.


Have you been out for long without having enough battery on your mobile & realized you should have carried a power bank with you? Missed taking those sunset snaps just because you ran out of battery after using mobile the whole day?

Google maps, WhatsApp, Instagram, Music consume most of your battery with and without your knowledge. How often do you check which app consumes most of your battery?

We spend a lot of time in commute and at outdoors, you can’t expect your phone to have full battery all the times. You can save or extend the battery for a day by turning off data, reducing brightness, closing all unused apps & even turning off location sharing & data for apps that uses it in background.

 

Over the period I used few power banks and I’ve recommended few to my friends and relatives. Here is my power bank collection. I use it on a regular basis.

1. Anker, 2. Vinsic 3. GuliKit 4. Reconnect

Before looking at the Powerbank options…

Rule #1

Use your own Powerbank, do not lend it from others. If you do so, do not use mobile while charging using Powerbank. You’re not only draining the backup charge for its owner but also not optimizing the value of charging time.

Rule #2 

There is no Rule 2! Once power backup is gone, its gone. so use it productively!

Anker

I’ve been using Anker power bank since 2015. Its ultra compact, 10000 mAh portable power bank. It can do a full charge of my iPhone 5c & 6s for 5 times. It comes with a pouch to make it easy to carry. There are two ports in this power bank, so you can charge two mobiles at once. Indicator is helpful in identifying how much battery is left until next charge. It also comes with a scratch guard to protect the power bank.

After house key & laptop if you can find one accessory on my bag, it is this power bank! (Don’t try to snatch it when I’m away, I’ll find you!)

As Anker became a major player in power bank and other accessories, there are various options available from Anker in market. You can checkout these power banks from Anker.

Anker Ultra compact 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2Kzqgjg
Anker Ultra slim 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2H9n1wR
Anker Ultra small 10,000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2YQkqCK

 

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Vinsic

This is a beast! It’s ultraslim & 20000 mAh, it does full battery charge for iPhones 5,6 for almost 10 times. I carry it when I go on a road trip. Irrespective of devices, this can be used even to charge your camera and camera battery, provided you have the right cable.

Best part about this power bank is that, it comes with digital indicator, so it’s very easy to know how much battery is left and you can plan to charge this power bank accordingly. It comes with two USB ports as well, so you can charge two devices at a time.

Checkout this power bank here – 

Vinsic Ultraslim 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2HlqdFZ
Vinsic Ultraslim 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2H5yiyo
Visit New upgraded version 20000 mAh – https://amzn.to/31CSpLX

 

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Gulikit

This is a new addition to my power bank, this has a battery indicator as well, which is easy to know how much battery power left for further charge. It has one USB port, it is smaller than your phone! Best part is that you can attach it with your Nintindo switch and use it. It’s a 10000 mAh power bank, it charges phone fast and it can charge your phone more than 6 times.

Gulikit 10000 mAh – https://amzn.to/2TBmN6D


Reconnect

My wife uses this power bank from close to 7 years and it’s great. It’s compact, light weight and it can charge android phones for more than 5 times.

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I’m sure you’re already on amazon to get your power bank! Which power bank are you using? Do let me know in comments!

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The Vessel – Modern Architecture with Ancient Design!


Did I tell you about the new attraction in the city? NYC is never ending attraction, you can never get bored. Every time you visit, you will see something new. It’ll make you smile every time you visit (Yeah, not when you want to pee during the winter!)

A few months back at the multi billion dollar ($25B) property Hudson Yards, a new attraction was opened for public, it’s called The Vessel.

What’s this Vessel? It’s a 16 stories building which has 154 flights of stairs with 2,500 steps & has about 80 landing spots. It is designed by a British designer Thomas Heatherwick. He said in an introduction video that this building is modeled after our India’s step wells in Rajasthan and several other places. It costs $200 Million to construct this.

This is located between 10th & 11th avenue on 33rd street. There is no entry fee to visit The Vessel, but you have to get a ticket to enter. Tickets are free of cost, you can get it on spot. Tickets are just to ensure a limited number of people are climbing it at a given time, so that it doesn’t get over crowded as it can hold 1,000 people at a time.

If you cannot climb all your way up, there is an elevator at the entrance of stairs that goes to the top, you can get down & spend sometime & take the elevator back to come down.

You can visit Vessel on a weekday without much wait time, but if you are visiting on weekend, it’s better you make a free reservation for a time slot through their website.

There are two options

  1. You can reserver a time slot for present day or for future days for free.
  2. You can book a Flex Pass for $10/person + tax, you can enter Vessel any time from morning till evening.

Visiting at evening & during sunset will give you good perspective for photography.

There is an expensive mall in Hudson Property & it also has several offices like HBO, CNN, Time Warner etc… & it also has residential buildings (really, who stays here?)

Here are some photos that I took here on different occasions.

Checkout other perspective of Vessel & others spots on my Instagram profile.


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Manhattanhenge, 2019


You might remember this post from 2016, Manhattanhenge, New York’s Stonehenge.

Yes, it’s that day of the year & the one of the four days in the whole year. Annually twice, twice in May & twice in July occurs the Manhattanhenge which was designed 200 years back while making the blue print of the modern Manhattan.

I was among thousands of other fellow photographers on Tudor city, soon to walk out and find a better spot near Bryant park. As usual there were many passers who looked very surprised and curious to find out why is the roads crowded with hundreds of photographers on each traffic lights.

Someone asked me what I was photographing, I was glad to explain about Manhattanhenge & they joined others in the Bryant park junction. Just the buses were a bit irritating similar to 2016! Just for an hour or so if buses were routed through alternate street that would be great! As the number of viewers grow each year, this should be considered by NYPD.

Alright, lets jump on to the photos. Here are the photos of Manhattanhenge & behind the scenes that I shot today. If you’re in the city tomorrow (Saturday, 07/13) don’t miss it. You can watch it from 42nd, 34th, 24th & 13th street.

Manhattanhenge, 2019. Shot from 42nd Street.
Shot on 07/12, 42nd street.
Bye, bye, Sun!
Viewers and Photographers on both sides of the roads through out the 42nd street!
I couldn’t find a good spot on Tudor city overpass, so I’d to run back to 42nd street, the same spot where I shot Manhattanhenge in 2016.
I was standing among this hundred+ photographers just to realize I can’t make a shot & took a run to 42nd st!
Hundreds of hands and cameras to capture this beauty!