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Smartphone photography was never this high-tech for capturing sunsets, clouds in the monsoon or walking in the woods. Pixabay

By Bharat Upadhyay

A 64MP camera with AI filters, a 128MP sensor with 10X zoom or a pop-up one — all intelligent features to turn you into an amateur lensman. Smartphone photography was never this high-tech for capturing sunsets, clouds in the monsoon or walking in the woods.

Have smartphones with multi-sensors actually created those wow moments or have they actually killed the joy of capturing images and then enjoying those with family or friends in the free time sans the fear of missing out (FOMO)?

Ask yourself: How many photos that you clicked in the past couple of years are dumped on Cloud, Instagram, in your laptop folders or on the hard disks, never to revisit as you are always clicking one with filters at work?

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The fun is long dead and smartphones have turned the art of photography into a monotonous, filter-rich exercise that is taking us nowhere.

The smartphone cameras are getting smarter, full of specs, yet the pure joy is no more. Unsplash

The smartphone cameras are getting smarter, full of specs, yet the pure joy is no more there as the latest photo you clicked (or worked upon) dies in less than a few seconds.

According to Kamna Chhibber, Head of Department, Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurugram, the simplicity of life and the essence of objects and experiences can be completely overshadowed when we add things like filters in photography.

“These add an element of perfection and a need to get the best shot instead of focusing on the experience. This creates and increases a sense of competitiveness and comparisons instead of focusing on the joy of the experience of clicking a photograph and capturing a moment,” Chhibber told IANS.

Nearly 50 crore people in India are using smartphones, capturing billions of photos in a month.

According to estimates by Mylio, a photo organizing and management application and Keypoint Intelligence, people would click over 1.4 trillion photos in 2020 globally.

For example, if you took one photo every second, it would take you over 45,544 years to snap the number of photos humans will take in 2020.

According to experts, with the ease of taking photographs having increased and the process not necessitating the development of the photographs, people focus on the quantity and not the quality of what is being captured.

It is not about keeping these for memories which you actually look back at because no one has the time or the capacity to go through such an enormous number of pictures.

“As a result the experience often gets limited to the moment and does not become extended into later points in our lives because it is difficult to go back to and find what it was that one had captured previously. Given the sheer number of pictures that individuals’ click, Often they don’t recollect what they even have in their collections,” Chhibber said.

The total number of photos stored is expected to grow from 7.4 trillion in 2020 to 9.3 trillion in 2022 globally.

According to Dr. Shruti, Consultant, Psychiatry at Narayana Hospital in Gurugram, the basic joy of photography was to treasure memories and whereas, photography itself is an entire different aesthetic profession.

Youngsters should understand that they should not get busy with “capturing the moment” instead of “living the moment” Unsplash

“Since social media has helped people gain confidence and some of them are no more camera shy, but, at the same time, a hidden pressure of looking presentable all the time, ‘approval from peer groups’ with filter-heavy camera phones have taken this photography joy to a different level,” Shruti said.

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It is good to be expressive and experimental with photography and changing our presence, but youngsters should understand that they should not get busy with “capturing the moment” instead of “living the moment” and putting themselves under unnecessary pressure.

The concept of family photo albums was wonderful as it gave individuals and families the opportunity to sit together and reflect and reminisce about the moment when they clicked some photographs.

“They could transport themselves to those moments and have good interactions and experience the nostalgia of having been through those experiences which social media does not necessarily permit at a familial level,” Chhibber said. (IANS)



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Milky Way galaxy as seen from Chitkul Valley

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has for the first time spotted signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy, opening up a new avenue to search for exoplanets at greater distances than ever before.

The possible exoplanet -- or planets outside of our Solar System -- candidate is located in the spiral galaxy Messier 51 (M51), also called the Whirlpool Galaxy because of its distinctive profile, NASA said in a statement.

Astronomers have, so far, found all other known exoplanets and exoplanet candidates in the Milky Way galaxy, almost all of them less than about 3,000 light-years from Earth.

An exoplanet in M51 would be about 28 million light-years away, meaning it would be thousands of times farther away than those in the Milky Way, NASA said.

"We are trying to open up a whole new arena for finding other worlds by searching for planet candidates at X-ray wavelengths, a strategy that makes it possible to discover them in other galaxies," said Rosanne Di Stefano of the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard and Smithsonian (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who led the study.

The findings are published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

The exoplanet candidate was spotted in a binary system called M51-ULS-1, located in M51. This binary system contains a black hole or neutron star orbiting a companion star with a mass about 20 times that of the Sun. The X-ray transit they found using Chandra data lasted about three hours, during which the X-ray emission decreased to zero.

Based on this and other information, the team estimates the exoplanet candidate in M51-ULS-1 would be roughly the size of Saturn and orbit the neutron star or black hole at about twice the distance of Saturn from the Sun.

The team looked for X-ray transits in three galaxies beyond the Milky Way galaxy, using both Chandra and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton. Their search covered 55 systems in M51, 64 systems in Messier 101 (the "Pinwheel" galaxy), and 119 systems in Messier 104 (the "Sombrero" galaxy).

However, more data would be needed to verify the interpretation as an extragalactic exoplanet. One challenge is that the planet candidate's large orbit means it would not cross in front of its binary partner again for about 70 years, thwarting any attempts for a confirming observation for decades, NASA said.

Named in honor of the late Indian-American Nobel laureate, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, the Chandra X-ray Observatory is the world's most powerful X-ray telescope. It has eight times greater resolution and is able to detect sources more than 20-times fainter than any previous X-ray telescope.

Known to the world as Chandra (which means "moon" or "luminous" in Sanskrit), Chandrasekhar was widely regarded as one of the foremost astrophysicists of the twentieth century. (IANS/JB)

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