About me!

I am in prepetual search for perfection

  • Principles
    • no half measures
    • be curious, not judgemental
    • less but better
    • keep it short and sweet
    • skeuomorphism to neumorphism
    • convergent thinker by day and divergent by night!
  • Prefrences & Interests
    • vim over emacs
    • nix over windows
    • expresso && chai
    • DIY enthusiast
    • flâner - wander aimlessly through city
    • SONY fanboy (guilty! rather anything made in Japan or designed in Japan)
    • Ghibli Studio Fan Ghibli Movies
    • 🐶 person Penny’s Hooman

Interests

Photography: a picture is worth a thousand words. I have been learning photography since 2016 and I am very fond of manual lenses. Thanks to the short flange focal distance of mirrorless cameras and in-body optical image stabilization in Sony Cameras, I can use half-a-century-old lenses on modern digital cameras effectively and create some beautiful images full of character and microcontrast.

Category Tools
Manual Lenses Adapted to Sony Mount Pentacon 50mm f1.8, Helios 44-2 Zebra 58mm f2, Minolta 35 70 f3.5 (MDIII 1981-84), Minolta MC ROKKOR PG 50mm f1.4 (MC-X 1973), Vivitar 100-500 , SuperTakumar 135mm f3.5, Minolta 50mm f2 (first manual I bought), Minolta 45mm f2, Pentacon 50mm f1.8 II, 200mm f3.5 (MCII 1970), Industar 50mm f3.5, Fujian 35mm f1.7, Helios 44-4 58mm f2, Yashica 50mm f2
Sony Mount Manual Focus FF Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.2, Voigtlander 12mm f5.6
Nikon Manual Focus FF Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4
Canon Mount Automatic Focus FF Tokina 100mm f2.8, 40mm f2.8, 50mm f1.8 II
Canon Mount Manual Focus FF Samyang 85mm f1.4
Sony Mount Automatic Focus FF Sony 100-400 GM, 28mm f2, Tamron 28-75 f2.8
Adapters/Extension Tubes Sigma MC11, Sony 1.4TX Extender, Fotga (M42 to NEX/ MD to NEX, M42 to EF, C to NEX), M42 Extension tubes
Camera Sony A7RV, Canon 70D, Canon 5D Mark I

Some samples online!

Editing Tools!

Audiophile: As a strong proponent of consuming anything in pure form, music cannot be any different. I try to get a similar sound stage and imaging at the home of what an artist intends in a recording studio. Also, while flying or in local transit, I love the quiet offered by the noise-canceling headphones.

Category Equipment
Active Speaker KEF LSX
In-ear headphones Sony WF-1000XM4 & Sony WF-1000XM5, Sennheiser IE300
Over-ear (Closed back) Audio Technica ATH-M50X, Sennheiser MOMENTUM 4
Over-ear (Open back) Meze 109 Pro
USB C DAC Cayin RU6 with R-2R resistor ladder circuit
Portable Audio Player Sony NW-A306
Passive Speakers ELAC Debut Reference DBR62 Speakers driven by Bluesound Powernode 2i
Microphones Saramonic VMIC, Shure MV7
  • Huge Fan of Darko Audio
  • Favourite Streaming Service: Tidal
  • Some resources to test your high end system:
    • audiophile.io
      • Keith don’t go - Nils Lofgren
      • Hotel California - Eagles

Mechanical Watches Mechanical watches symbolize a blend of intricate craftsmanship, timeless design, and a nod to tradition. Their appeal lies not just in their functionality but also in the artistry and engineering behind their construction. These watches don’t just tell time; they tell a story of heritage, skill, and precision, appreciated by those who value the beauty of mechanical complexity over digital simplicity.

  • I have a Tudor Black Bay that I really love and goes well with casuals and formals alike
  • Next on my to buy list is Rolex Explorer (black dial). I like the simplicity and elegance it carries.

Coffee love brewing expresso and have watched numerous James Hoffmann youtube videos during pandemic! Try to tweak my humble Delonghi coffee machine for the coarseness of grind and time to brew, whenever I lay my hands on a new variety of coffee beans.

Mechanical Keyboard a mechanical keyboard is a must have productivity tool for someone who has to type for hours.

I use the following

  • Keychron K2
    • brown switch
    • bluetooth
  • Akko ACR Pro 75
    • Gasket Mount
    • Smooth like butter!

Perfumes Perhaps another pandemic-driven proclivity is love for perfumes. I tried and purchased many new fragrances that I never forayed into earlier. Aficionado of Alberto Morillas. 40% of my blind buy perfumes in the past has been his perfumes.

My profile on Fragrantica

Technology: I like solving complex technical problems (see Linkedin :))

Desk Setup

  • Omnidesk Pro WildWood - Phesantwood
  • Dell U2720Q on Prism+ Arc Opus
  • Alienware Aurora R12 running Linux :)
  • Benq Screenbar
  • Ipad Pro 1st Gen
  • Macbook Pro 2019 16”

Desk Setup Latest

Travel I have travelled to the following countries apart from my home country India and my work home for the last decade, Singapore: Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Macao, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Vatican City, Monaco, France, United Kingdom, Scotland, Portugal, United States of America, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Estonia.

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