Red Moon

Red Moon
Red Moon, by Suprada on Flickr.

Red Moon, My office in Santa Clara, CA.

As soon as I got my \”Digital Holga” bodycap lens from www.holgamods.com, I started playing with it. One afternoon, at work, I got this itch to photograph – I had to photograph something right away. Luckily, I had my old Canon rebel XT with the DigiHolga on it. The sunlight coming down the skylight on the red wall near my lab, the plexiglass staircase with the steel railing, the lights, all reminded me of a setting in some futuristic fantasy novel – while moving me to take this photograph.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/30s at at f/13.0
Focal Length: 60mm
Lens:Holga BodyCap Lens
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: March 07, 2011

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Red Haze

Red Haze
Red Haze, by Suprada on Flickr.

Red Haze, My office in Santa Clara, CA.

I attended The Flash Bus Tour with David \”The Strobist” and Joe \”Numnuts” McNally in San Jose on March 14. Apart from learning tons about artificial lighting, David mentioned how he plays with his \”Digital Holga” just for inspiration. I came home and that very day, ordered the digital Holga lens from www.holgamods.com.

Once I received the lens, I was playing with it for a while. This is the first photograph I liked from this fun lens.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/45s at at f/13.0
Focal Length: 60mm
Lens:Holga BodyCap Lens
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: March 07, 2011

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Fog Games at Bryce

Fog Games at Bryce
Fog Games at Bryce, by Suprada on Flickr.

Fog rising in between the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon. View from Sunrise Point

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010. We were out making photographs at sunrise at Bryce Canyon on the morning of October 18th. When we reached the Sunrise vista point, we were greeted by the amphitheater in fog. As the sun rose, the fog started disspiating among the hoodoos. The fog sometimes rose and fell and swirled around – like one last game before it had to go.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon rebel XT
Exposure: 1/8s at f 4.5
Focal Length: 220mm
Lens:Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 18, 2010

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Flumes rising

Flumes rising
Flumes rising, by Suprada on Flickr.

Bryce Canyon in Fall. View from Sunrise Point

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010. Shooting sunrise at Bryce Canyon on the morning of October 18th, we were greeted by the amphitheater in fog. As the sun rose, the fog started disspiating among the hoodoos. I used my long lens to capture this fog flume dissipating.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon rebel XT
Exposure: 1/50s at f 4.0
Focal Length: 110mm
Lens:Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 18, 2010

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Hotel Rooms

Hotel Rooms
Hotel Rooms, by Suprada on Flickr.

This is a photograph of the hotel rooms, looking up from the gorgeous pool at the Presidente Intercontinental hotel in Merida. This very nice hotel is located very close to the Paseo De Montejo and a slightly long walk from Centro.

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.

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Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 20s at f6.7
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009

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Pool at Presidente Intercontinental, Mérida

Pool at Presidente Intercontinental, Mérida
Pool at Presidente Intercontinental, Mérida, by Suprada on Flickr.

This is a photograph of the gorgeous pool at the Presidente Intercontinental hotel in Merida when we were there in December. Located very close to the Paseo De Montejo and close to Centro, this hotel was quite nice.

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.

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Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 15s at f6.7
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009

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Paseo de Montejo, Mérida,

Paseo de Montejo, Mérida
Paseo de Montejo, Mérida, by Suprada on Flickr.
Paseo de Montejo, Mérida, Mexico

We stayed at the Presidente Intercontinental hotel in Merida when we were there in December. One night, we decided to walk to the nearest Italian place for dinner. We walked down and along the Pases De Montejo. The street was lit up with Christmas lights. Looking at this scene, I just absolutely had to try to make a photograph.

This photograph was made at the \”Monumento a la Patria\” looking out to the street.

More about the Paseo de Montejo from http://www.differentworld.com/mexico/areas/yucatan-and-campeche/merida/guide.htm: \”This major boulevard is Merida\’s answer to the Champs Elysées in Paris. Magnificent mansions, built at the height of the henequen industry, line the broad streets – many are now banks or offices. Remember that good road and rail links to Mexico City were not fully completed until the 1960s and you\’ll understand why trade with Europe influenced architectural styles and fashions so much here. One of the most beautiful mansions (the Palacio Canton) houses the Museum of Anthropology. Its contents are well worth a look, though not as comprehensive as the one in Mexico City.\”

Post – Processing Notes:
This photograph is a blend of two exposures. With my camera on a tripod, I shot one frame for the center lights – and underexposed

the rest of the image. I then shot another frame exposing for the car trails. I hand-blended them in Photoshop.

For more information about hand-blending (or multi-raw processing as Harold davis calls it), check out Harold Davis\’ Multi-Raw Processing tutorial on photo.net

You can go to my My Night Photography techniques post to read about other techniques I use. You can also download this article for your reference. Download Stacking Cheatsheet.pdf

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Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: blend of two exposures
Focal Length: 19mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009

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Gothic Church, Eknakan

Gothic Church, Eknakan
Gothic Church, Eknakan, by Suprada on Flickr.
Gothic Church, Eknakan, Mexico

This beautiful church pops out of nowhere in Eknakan. It was dark by the time I shot this photograph. I am so enamoured by this church that I wanted to know more about it. Here is what I got after trawling the web for information:
From yucatan.gob.mx/estado/turismo/haciendas/eknakan/eknakan.htm:
\”It is on the road Acanceh – Cuzamá only 16 kilometers from the first.

Eknakán means \”the dark house of the snake” or \”four dark houses.” It was an important hacienda built with the intention that one day outside the village church and not only of the estate.

The church is of Gothic architecture, according to connoisseurs, classical Germany. It is considered a museum. It has many windows, some circular, where you can admire the colorful stained glass remains that allowed a surprising light.

The choir of the temple is a masonry balcony with white columns in protocols that are part of the majesty of the building.

The carved wooden altar, with ornament same as the interior columns of the temple, there are steps of granite. On one side, in a chapel, a table looks carved an image of San Francisco with hands, feet and side with the marks of crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

These images are brightly colored colonial rough and sometimes overly prominent features at the foot of San Francisco is a wooden horse is not known who could have been.

An oil painting perhaps five feet two representing the Virgen del Rosario and whose signature is hidden by a wooden frame carved with relief.

Other things that make up the so-called museum are ancient copper bells, a bowl of fine china ornate serves as a baptismal font, a closet where clothes are protected priests no longer in use and three wooden chests.\”

Too bad I did not have any time to go inside the church. A must-visit for anybody travelling in that region. There is a courtyard outside the church where a car can be parked and a picnic lunch – or in the case of photographers, a picnic dinner can be eaten.

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

What do you think?

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Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 6s at f/3.5
Focal Length: 11mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Church Windows

Church Windows
Church Windows, by Suprada on Flickr.
Church Windows, Eknakan, Mexico

These are the windows of a beautiful old Gothic Church in the middle of nowhere in the Yucatan peninsula … at Eknakan. We happened to pass by the church on our way to the \’Los Tres Cenotes\’ and stopped here to photograph the church around dusk. The stained glass windows of the church were glowing with light from inside as darkness was rapidly falling outside. Just beautiful!

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.

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Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 4s at f/4.5
Focal Length: 19mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Cycle and Stonework

Cycle and Stonework
Cycle and Stonework, by Suprada on Flickr.
Cycle and Stonework, Eknakan, Mexico

We wanted to visit the \”Los Tres Cenotes\’ in the Yucatan peninsula. A tourist information person in Merida told us that these three cenotes were a couple of hours away. We asked him to mark the route on a map and set out. We got lost once, and found ourselves on the right road again. As the roads became narrower and the scenery became rural, our doubts kept increasing – are we on the right road? We passed through a couple of villages and finally stopped to ask a person for directions – only, he didn\’t know any English and our Spanish was extremely meager. But sign language and body language rule! We got our directions and we headed to the cenotes.

Only to find that it was crazily packed – a horse cart to take us to the cenotes meant at least a couple of hours of waiting. So we set out walking – an impromptu hike indeed. We reached the first cenote, where a boy sitting outside wanted to charge us money for entering the cenote – charge us and noone else. Well, that didn\’t happen. We had a great time at the cenote. It was packed when we got there, but soon everybody left and we had the place to oursleves. After having a good time, we walked back to the car and started driving out.

On the way in, I had noticed this amazing looking – almost dilapidated awesome church. I convinced the other 4 people that it was a great idea to stop for a few minutes at the church so I can take a few photos….well anybody with a photographer knows how long \”a few minutes\’ really are. This village was Eknakan.

Since it was late in the day, around sunset, the light was fading fast. I had to setup my trusty tripod. Almost immediately, my attention was caught by this \”brand new” looking shiny blue bicycle leaning against the gorgeous old walls. This is the subject of this photograph.

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.

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Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 4s at f/4.5
Focal Length: 22mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Magician\’s Pyramid – another view

Magician\
Magician\’s Pyramid – another view, by Suprada on Flickr.
Magician\’s Pyramid – another view, Uxmal, Mexico

Another view of the Magician\’s pyramid in Uxmal. Excerpt from www.luxuriousmexico.com website: \”Sometimes called the “Temple of the Dwarf,” or “La Casa del Enano” (House of the Dwarf,) this structure is one of the key structures in Uxmal due to its size and religious significance. This is the most impressive structure and the tallest standing at 117 feet (38 m) high; this structure dominates your view as you enter the complex. Unusually built on an elliptical base, this pyramid is the result of five superimposed temples. Parts of the first temple can be seen when ascending the western staircase; the second and third are accessed by the eastern staircase, in an inner chamber at the second level. The fourth temple is clearly visible from the west side, a giant Chaac mask marks the entrance and Chaac’s mouth is the door. Note also the series of Chaac masks on the sides of the stairway. Climb to the top of the east stairs to reach the fifth temple and view the whole site.

Located on the eastern side of the city, with its western face overlooking The Nunnery Quadrangle, this is the first structure seen as visitors enter the city. Though it appears as a single structure, this pyramid has in fact been built and added to five times in the course of history, in the known Maya practice of building newer temples on top of older ones at 52 year cycles. At the base of the western stairs archeologists have discovered the original temple that started the complete construction (called “Temple One”) and its birth has been carbon dated to the year 569. Though the overall temple as it appears now was completed between 900 – 1000 AD.

Structure like “El Castillo” at Chichén-Itzá are known for their angled, stepped appearance, but The Pyramid of the Dwarf is different from any other structure built by the Maya in that it resembles a truncated cone, with an oval base and no corners other than those found on the stairs and on the temples found at the apex of those stairs.

The Eastern Stairs are the widest of the two sets, starting from the base of the structure to the upper temple. The roof of the temple at the top of the eastern stairs stands 45 meters from the ground. Near the top of the eastern stairs is a smaller inner temple that cuts into the stairway itself. Once used for ceremonial purposes, this dark two-room temple is now a home for bats.

The Western Stairs overlook The Nunnery Quadrangle, and perhaps by virtue of them facing this significant structure, are very richly decorated and carved compared to the eastern side. Along both sides of this narrower staircase, images of the hooked-nose rain god Chaac line the stairs meaning that as worshipers climbed the stairs to the upper temples they would be in effect climbing a \”Stairways of the Gods” towards the place where they would perform their ceremonies. The Upper Temple of the western stairs is in the Chenes style, where the open doorway to the inner temple is meant to resemble the jaws of a huge Cosmic Serpent in the visage of the Mayan god of the sky, Itzamna.\”

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them, I used two Lightroom develop presets available for free on the internet.

I first used the \”Wet Chrome” preset by Terry Johnston I found on Flickr. Search for \”Wet Chrome” in this page to download the preset.
I then followed it by using \”BW1″ from the set of BW presets from 640 pixels to convert to Black and White. Yes, this set of very high contrast and very good black and white conversions is free! I then tweaked the image using the adjustment brush and the other lightroom controls to get the image to my liking.
What do you think about the image and the post-processing?

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Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/250 at f/4.0
Focal Length: 19mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 25, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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