Serene Cat

Wild Berries
Serene Cat, by Suprada on Flickr.

Gogol Chilling.
Here is a free pdf of more Gogol black and white photos.
Here are photos of Gogol on Flickr

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them. I used the following presets for this photograph apart from the lightroom basic tools panel Soft Highlights by Joop Snijder and BW1 .

Here is the sample image and download link at Joop\’s blog. This

lightroom preset is highly recommended – one of the staples in my workflow. I love to use the 640 pixels Black and White presets as a strating point in all my Black and White photos as well.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Exposure: 1/160s at f/4.0
Focal Length: 10.7mm
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: April 17, 2010
Processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

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Wild Berries

Wild Berries
Wild Berries, by Suprada on Flickr.

Wild berries on the Ohlone Trail to Murietta Falls. Late spring, a friend convinced me to hike the 12mile round trip to Murietta falls in the Ohlone Wilderness. Didn\’t make it to the falls, but the approx. 10 miles of the hike was a butt kicker – with about 4000ft vertical elevation gain. The next day, walking up and down stairs seemed much harder than the hike itself!

We started the hike at a trail at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore. Here is the Del Valle Regional Park website link. For more information about this hike check out Kevin Gong\’s account of his hike to Murietta Falls.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for my post-processing. After importing the photos

into Lightroom and keywording them. I used one preset for this photograph apart from the lightroom basic tools panel Soft Highlights by Joop Snijder.

Here is the sample image and download link at Joop\’s blog. This lightroom preset is highly recommended – one of the staples in my workflow.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Exposure: 1/320s at f/3.2
Focal Length: 7.4mm
ISO: 200
WB: Daylight
Date: April 3, 2010
Processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

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Wildflowers

Wildflowers
Wildflowers, by Suprada on Flickr.

Wildflowers on the Ohlone Trail to Murietta Falls. Late spring, a friend convinced me to hike the 12mile round trip to Murietta falls in the Ohlone Wilderness. Didn\’t make it to the falls, but the approx. 10 miles of the hike was a butt kicker – with about 4000ft vertical elevation gain. The next day, walking up and down stairs seemed much harder than the hike itself!

We started the hike at a trail at Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore. Here is the Del Valle Regional Park website link. For more information about this hike check out Kevin Gong\’s account of his hike to Murietta Falls.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for my post-processing. After importing the photos

into Lightroom and keywording them. I used one preset for this photograph apart from the lightroom basic tools panel Soft Highlights by Joop Snijder.

Here is the sample image and download link at Joop\’s blog. This lightroom preset is highly recommended – one of the staples in my workflow.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Exposure: 1/250s at f/4.0
Focal Length: 7.4mm
ISO: 200
WB: Daylight
Date: April 3, 2010
Processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

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Restaurante Fiesta mural

Restaurante Fiesta mural
Restaurante Fiesta mural, Piste, Mexico, by Suprada on Flickr.

On our way out from Chichen Itza, we stopped to eat lunch in Piste at the Resturante Fiesta. The walls of the entire restaurant are painted with murals – Maya Gods and popular Maya themed paintings. Here is another mural from this restaurant.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them. I played around with the clarity, vibrance, exposure and curves settings for this photograph.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Exposure: 1/60s at f/2.8
Focal Length: 7.4mm
ISO: 200
WB: Daylight
Date: December 28, 2009
Processed in Lightroom

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Mural and Controls

Mural and Controls
Mural and Controls, Piste, Mexico, by Suprada on Flickr.

On our way out from Chichen Itza, we stopped to eat lunch in Piste at the Resturante Fiesta. The walls of the entire restaurant are painted with murals – Maya Gods and popular Maya themed paintings. While we were eating, the multiple controls for ceiling fans against the bright bright wall colors caught my eye.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them. I played around with the

clarity, vibrance, exposure and curves settings for this photograph.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Exposure: 1/80s at f/2.8
Focal Length: 9mm
ISO: 160
WB: Daylight
Date: December 28, 2009
Processed in Lightroom

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Painted Buildings

Painted Buildings
Painted Buildings, Paseo de Montejo, Mexico, by Suprada on Flickr.

Our last day in Merida, I was walking along the Paseo de Montejo. I decided to eat some honey-dew flavored ice cream (which by the way was awesome) at a local ice cream parlor on the street. The street was lined with stores on the pavement selling different kinds of art – paintings, pottery, sketches, sculptures, photographs. Enjoying an ice cream looking at a city go about its leisurely business was very pleasant.

Walking back to the hotel, I saw these buildings which looked like they were starting to go under renovation. The way the buildings looked in the mid-day sun reminded me of the painting: pastel colors and beautiful rough textures.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them. I played around with the clarity, vibrance, exposure and curves settings for this photograph.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Exposure: 0.02sec at f/3.2
Focal Length: 14.8mm
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: December 27, 2009

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Moon and Cathedral

Moon and Cathedral
Moon and Cathedral, by Suprada on Flickr.

Moon rising over the The Cathedral of San Idelfonso, Mérida, Mexico.

In December we spent a few days in Mexico. We landed in Cancun and drove directly to M̩rida РThe White City. On Christmas Eve, we were walking around
Centro (central plaza). Towards evening, the moon was in the sky above the Cathedral which made me make this photo.

More about the Cathedral: The Cathedral of San Ildefonso is the oldest in Mexico, completed in 1598. It was built over an ancient Mayan temple – the stones used to build this cathedral also came from that temple. More information about the Catedral de San Ildefonso

I also found a very good account of a visit to Merida on the internet. Here is the link to
LA and Susan Wyatt\’s travel log – Mérida visit

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Filter: Hoya 58mm RM-72 Infrared Filter
Exposure: 1/20sec at f/2.8
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: December 24, 2009
Processed in Lightroom

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Stairs, Mérida

Stairs, Mérida
Stairs, Mérida, by Suprada on Flickr.

Stairs in the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), Mérida, Mexico.
In December we spent a few days in Mexico. We landed in Cancun and drove directly to M̩rida РThe White City. On Christmas Eve, we were walking around
Centro (central plaza). We walked into this building – the Palacio de Gobierno. The Governor\’s offices are in this building along with some amazing murals, woodwork and paintings. I was attracted by the bright colors of the wall against this old wood handrail.

I also found a very good account of a visit to Merida on net. Here is the link to
LA and Susan Wyatt\’s travel log – Mérida visit

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Filter: Hoya 58mm RM-72 Infrared Filter
Exposure: 1/20sec at f/2.8
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: December 24, 2009
Processed in Lightroom

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Everglades in Infrared – 6

Everglades in Infrared - 6
Everglades in Infrared – 6, by Suprada on Flickr.

Big Cypress Natural Preseve, Florida

I got the opportunity to visit Everglades National Park and its neighbor, Big Cypress National Preserve back in October. This image is the last in this series.

Other posts in this series:
Everglades in Infrared – 1: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/922
Everglades in Infrared – 2: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/929
Everglades in Infrared – 3: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/947
Everglades in Infrared – 4: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/951
Everglades in Infrared – 5: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/953

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Filter: Hoya 58mm RM-72 Infrared Filter
Exposure: 2sec at f/2.8
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: October 10, 2009
Processed in Lightroom 2.5

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Everglades in Infrared – 5

Everglades in Infrared - 5
Everglades in Infrared – 5, by Suprada on Flickr.

Big Cypress Natural Preseve, Florida

I got the opportunity to visit Everglades National Park and its neighbor, Big Cypress National Preserve back in October.

Other posts in this series:
Everglades in Infrared – 1: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/922
Everglades in Infrared – 2: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/929
Everglades in Infrared – 3: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/947
Everglades in Infrared – 4: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/951

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9 with Hoya R72 Infrared filter
Exposure: 2sec at f/2.8
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: October 10, 2009
Processed in Lightroom 2.5

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Everglades in Infrared – 4

Everglades in Infrared - 4
Everglades in Infrared – 4, by Suprada on Flickr.

Big Cypress Natural Preseve, Florida

I got the opportunity to visit Everglades National Park and its neighbor, Big Cypress National Preserve back in October. Even though it was early afternoon, and the sun was high, there were tons of things to photograph. Especially in infrared.

In this particular photograph, the foreground is actually a canal – I loved how the water turned black. The grass white and the trees lighter. With infrared, everything looks so familiar, yet so strange. It makes one look deeper into the photograph – at least I think so. Very soon, I\’ll come up with my version of processing for infrared in Lightroom.

Other posts in this series:
Everglades in Infrared – 1: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/922
Everglades in Infrared – 2: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/929
Everglades in Infrared – 3: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/947

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9 with Hoya R72 Infrared filter
Exposure: 2sec at f/2.8
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: October 10, 2009
Processed in Lightroom 2.5

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Everglades in Infrared – 3

Everglades in Infrared - 3
Everglades in Infrared – 3, by Suprada on Flickr.

Big Cypress Natural Preseve, Florida

I got the opportunity to visit Everglades National Park and its neighbor, Big Cypress National Preserve back in October.

The Big Cypress Natural Preserve is but one big swamp – more than 2,400 square miles. As its name suggests, it is about 1/3rd covered with cypress trees. The cypress trees are mostly found on the edge of the wet prairies where the water is very slowly draining into the ocean. This photograph shows one such stand of cypress trees. This was shot from the side of the Tamiami trail. These stands of cypress trees against a glorious sky. What a place!

Other posts in this series:
Everglades in Infrared – 1: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/922
Everglades in Infrared – 2: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/929

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9 with Hoya R72 Infrared filter
Exposure: 2sec at f/4.5
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: October 10, 2009
Processed in Lightroom 2.5

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Everglades in Infrared – 2

Everglades in Infrared - 2
Everglades in Infrared – 2, by Suprada on Flickr.

Big Cypress Natural Preseve, Florida

I got the opportunity to visit Everglades National Park and its neighbor, Big Cypress National Preserve back in October. When I drove up, my first stop was at Clyde Butcher\’s \”Big Cypress Gallery” on the Tamiami trail. Clyde\’s photographs and his story are amazing. You can take a look at some of his photos at his website. I found this very good interview of Clyde Butcher at the Double Exposure website.

So after spending some time looking at Clyde\’s huge black and white photographs, I was extremely enthusiastic to go out and do some shooting of my own. It was a beautiful day, though it was just past noon by the time I got done loking at Clyde\’s photographs. Also I had left late that morning for my 4 hr drive. What to do? All the beautiful morning light was gone. So out came my tiny (or not so tiny) G9 with the infrared filter. This photograph is one in a series I made that afternoon. I must say, the more I shoot in infrared, the more I seem to like it.

Other posts in this series:
Everglades in Infrared – 1: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/922

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9 with Hoya R72 Infrared filter
Exposure: 2sec at f/2.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 10, 2009
Processed in Lightroom 2.5

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Everglades in Infrared – 1

Everglades in Infrared - 1
Everglades in Infrared – 1, by Suprada on Flickr.

Everglades National Park, Florida

I got the opportunity to visit Everglades National Park and its next door neighbour, Big Cypress National park back in October. It was a day of lovely clouds. – big huge white puffy ships and dragons in the sky. I used my G9 with the Hoya R72 filter for this Infrared photograph, and processed it in Lightroom.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9 with Hoya R72 Infrared filter
Exposure: 2sec at f/2.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 10, 2009
Processed in Lightroom 2.5
Location: 25.85600000,-81.02316667

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Longtail Boatman

Longtail Boatman
Longtail Boatman, by Suprada on Flickr.

Longtail Boatman, Thailand.

On a choppy Saturday afternoon, we took a boat from AoNang back to Railay West. We got onto the longtail boat and set off, against the direction of the wind and the waves. The boatman had to work really hard steering the boat. Looking, I had to take this photo, to try to show the hard work the sinewy boatman had to put that day to get us back to our hotel, against the forces of nature.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Powershot G9
Exposure: f/2.8 at 1/1600s
ISO: 80
Flash: Off
WB: Daylight

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