Olympus E-PL3

Where the column meets the roof

Where the column meets the roof

Where the column meets the roof – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. The pigeons who live in this temple are pretty amazing. They have pretty much taken over the temple. This one was sitting on top, in a almost-dark corner, where this intricately carved column met the even more beautiful ceiling.

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4. Also used Tony Kuyper\’s Photoshop action – \’Make it Glow\’ for the subtle glow in the sandstone. Manually focused, aperture priority, using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor. What a fun lens! A little heavy on my slim and trim EPL3 – but love the look of the images from it.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/60s (manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adapter
ISO: 200

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By the sun streaming window

By the sun streaming window

By the sun streaming window – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. The pigeons who live in this temple are pretty amazing. They have pretty much taken over the temple. This pigeon was in a contemplative pose, sitting on the ledge of the cool dark windows, perhaps contemplating life in the bright hot sun outside?

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4. Manually focused, aperture priority, using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor. What a fun lens! A little heavy on my slim and trim EPL3 – but love the look of the images from it.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/2500s (manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adapter
ISO: 200

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Pigeons on carved ledges looking down

Pigeons on carved ledges looking down

Pigeons on carved ledges looking down – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. During my time there, I was enchanted by the pigeons who have made this temple their home, and how they have pretty much taken over the temple. Inside, the temple, one has to look up and see the exquisitely carved columns, and the roofs…and the pigeons hanging out there.

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4. Manually focused, aperture priority, using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor. What a fun lens! A little heavy on my slim and trim EPL3 – but love the look of the images from it.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/15s (manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
P.S. Love this lens! Would write poems in honor of it, if I could write poetry!
ISO: 200

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Pigeon and Sun

Pigeon and Sun

Pigeon and Sun – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. During my time there, I was enchanted by the pigeons who have made this temple their home, and how they have pretty much taken over the temple. This pigeon with the puffed out chest was the first one to pose for me. In front of an exquisitely carved Sun God!

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4. Also used Tony Kuyper\’s Photoshop action – \’Make it Glow\’ for the subtle glow in the sandstone. Manually focused, aperture priority, using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor. What a fun lens! A little heavy on my slim and trim EPL3 – but love the look of the images from it.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/500s (manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
P.S. Love this lens! Would write poems in honor of it, if I could write poetry!
ISO: 200

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Rows of Carvings

Rows of Carvings

Rows of Carvings – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. Like most Indian temples, the exterior of the temple features row upon row of carving – of animals, soldiers, musicians, people, dancers, gods and goddesses.

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/15s @ f11.0
Focal Length: 14mm
Lens: Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
ISO: 200

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Musicians

Musicians

Musicians – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. A closeup of a row of musicians carved in one of the rows in the exterior of the temple.

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4. Manually focused, aperture priority, using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor. What a fun lens! A little heavy on my slim and trim EPL3 – but love the look of the images from it.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/400s (manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
P.S. Love this lens! Would write poems in honor of it, if I could write poetry!
ISO: 200

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Temple Exterior

Temple Exterior

Temple Exterior – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Another photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. This is just a photograph of the beautiful light on the equally beautiful, aged and carved exterior.

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/125s @ f11.0
Focal Length: 19mm
Lens: Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
ISO: 200

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Elephants

Elephants

Elephants – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Another photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. As in a lot of temples in India, the temple in Modhera also had a \’frieze\’ of elephants. Basically, from bottom up, there are rows of elephants supporting the base of the temple.

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4. Manually focused, aperture priority, using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor. What a fun lens! A little heavy on my slim and trim EPL3 – but love the look of the images from it.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/500s (manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
P.S. Love this lens! Would write poems in honor of it, if I could write poetry!
ISO: 200

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Intricacies

Intricacies

Intricacies – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat.Some more intricate carvings of Gods and goddesses and apsaras of the Hindu pantheon.

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4 and converted it to Black and White there, and of course had to add some toning.

Manually focused, aperture priority, using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor. What a fun lens! A little heavy on my slim and trim EPL3 – but love the look of the images from it.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/1250s (manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
P.S. Love this lens! Would write poems in honor of it, if I could write poetry!
ISO: 200

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Unfinished Carvings

Locals - People at Modhera Series

Unfinished Cravings – Modhera series
Modhera, Gujarat, India.

Photograph from the Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat. There was this rock lying around the perimeter which was only partially carved. Wonder why the artisans decided to leave it unfinished – or maybe some looters had chipped this part away from some other structure around the temple….

I processed the photograph in Lightroom 4 and converted it to Black and White there, and of course had to add some toning.

Manually focused, aperture priority, using my Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor. What a fun lens! A little heavy on my slim and trim EPL3 – but love the look of the images from it.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/400s (manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
P.S. Love this lens! Would write poems in honor of it, if I could write poetry!
ISO: 200

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The Last Supper diorama – Monsatir de Pedrables

The Last Supper diorama - Monsatir de Pedrables

The Last Supper Diorama – Monastir de Pedrables, Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

A diorama of the last supper with Jesus. The lower level in the monastery at Pedrables had a bunch of these very beautiful dioramas depicting the story of Jesus Christ..

This monastery was founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada Jaume II\’s queen as a place to retire to after the King passed away. You can read more about this monastery at Frommer\’s. Another link: www.barcelona.de.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/60s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012


Stairs Diorama – Monastir de Pedrables

Stairs Diorama - Monastir de Pedrables

Stairs Diorama – Monastir de Pedrables, Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

A diorama from the life of Jesus at the lower level in the monastery at Pedrables.

This monastery was founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada Jaume II\’s queen as a place to retire to after the King passed away. You can read more about this monastery at Frommer\’s. Another link: www.barcelona.de.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/8s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012


Faded Murals – Tomb of Elisenda de Montcada

Faded Murals - Tomb of Elisenda de Montcada

Faded Murals – Tomb of Elisenda de Montcada, Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

Gorgeous, faded murals on the tomb of queen Elisenda de Montcada, Jaume II\’s queen at the monastery complex at Pedrables, Barcelona. The queen\’s sacrophagus is double-sided. This is the back portion of the tomb as seen from the cloister, where Elisenda is depicted as a mourning widow. The other end of the tomb is in the adjoining Gothic church where she is depicted as a queen.

This monastery was founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada as a place to retire to after the King passed away. You can read more about this monastery at Frommer\’s. Another link: www.barcelona.de.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/200s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012


Down the cellar – Monastir de Pedrables

Down the cellar - Monastir de Pedrables

Down the cellar – Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

This is the staircase leading from the wine cellar / living quarters of the nuns to a drinking well, and what I think should be a very nice outdoor area. This was at the the monastery complex at Pedrables, Barcelona founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada, Jaume II\’s queen. Unfortunately, this area was cordoned off to visitors.

Again, I was drawn to by the light – diffused light inside the cellar – mixed with the warm tungsten lamp and the outdoor light at the end o the tunnel! Beautiful!

You can read more about this monastery at Frommer\’s

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/8s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012


Hallway – Monastir de Pebrables

Hallway - Monastir de Pedrables

Hallway – Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

This is a photograph of a hallway in the monastery complex at Pedrables, Barcelona founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada, Jaume II\’s queen. You can tell why I had to take a photo. Creamy yellow colors, a repeating pleasing complex arched pattern on the ceiling – and the heavenly light difused light from the window down the hallway – whats not to like?

You can read more about this monastery at Frommer\’s

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/13s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012


Dining room – Monastir de Pedrables

Dining room - Monastir de Pedrables

Dining room – Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

We took the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Barcelona. This was one of the places where we got off the bus – and we were the only ones. I was a little apprehensive that no other tourist wanted to check out this monastery … and we ended up liking it. It is a very peaceful place, founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada, Jaume II\’s queen, as a place where she could retire to after the king\’s death (What a mobrbid thought – but I guess that\’s how it was in those days). She is also buried here. More about this place from Frommer\’s

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/15s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 02, 2012

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla
Pillars
Arches
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona
Cathedral Corner
La Seu – Color or Monochrome?
At Parc Guell
Clock Tower in Town square
Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo
Building in Veils

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Barcelona Doors – #1

Barcelona Doors - #1

Some door, Barcelona, Spain

I know I was fascinated by the doors, and the graffiti in Barcelona. Why? Maybe I was looking at photographs of doors before I went there?

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/15s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 02, 2012


Building in Veils

Building in Veils

Building in Veils, Barcelona, Spain

After a long day with a lot of walking we were looking for a coffee shop and happened to walk along this street. We found ourselves in front of the Palau de la Musica deCatalana – however what caught my attention was the building next to it. This one, was under some renovation of some kind, and looked like it was covered with veils. However this corner had torn its veil and was basking gold in the evening light and the the light of the lamps, with its veil fluttering in the wind.

The lovely architecture of Barcelona in the pale evening light.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/20s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 02, 2012


Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo

Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo

Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo, Paseig de Gracia, Barcelona, Spain

We were walking down the Paseig de Gracia, window shopping, since the prices were not that attractive at all the uber branded stores! (Really! 90 euros for a tie-die like t-shirt?). It was around sunset. And luckily for me, the sun happened to shine in this exquisite way on the two modernist buildings side by side – Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo.

Of course, I could identify only Casa Battlo. Antoni Gaudi. A bit of time on a search engine helped me identify Casa Amatller – with its colorful steps profile. Casa Amatller is the work of another Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Anyway, after photographing this building, and how nice looked in the light, we walked on. I must say that one can never ignore a modernist building (unless of course you pass by it twice a day..). Love it or hate, but you will notice it!

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla
Pillars
Arches
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona
Cathedral Corner
La Seu – Color or Monochrome?
At Parc Guell
Clock Tower in Town square

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/4000s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012

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Clock Tower in Town square

Clock Tower in Town square

Clock Tower at Placa Rius I Taulet, Barcelona, Spain

We visited Parc Guell in Barcelona, and decided to walk to this square which the person at the apartment we were saying told us about. Actually, we wanted to take a cab – but no cab was ready to take four adults and a three year old – and since we didn\’t know exactly where we wanted to, we decided to walk.

The person had described the Placa Rius i Taulet as the town square of an old village, which is now a part of greater Barcelona. (I found out the name of this place today after a lot of searching! In my mind it was a town square with click tower..not very descriptive) He had told us that it was a very charming place. In the evenings, all the locals come and sit around here, order coffees or a glass of wine while the children run around and play (soccer!). It was such a great suggestion!

And it was just like what he had described. We ended up eating some tapas at a restaurant called Bo – they had yummy patats bravas and the deep fried padron peppers! Yum!

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla
Pillars
Arches
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona
Cathedral Corner
La Seu – Color or Monochrome?
At Parc Guell

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/2000s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012

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At Parc Guell

At Parc Guell

At Parc Guell, Barcelona, Spain

This is a tiled mosaic inserted on the roof in a structure at Parc Guell in Barcelona. The tiled mosaic was made by Antoni Gaudi who was also the designer of this Parc. All this info from Wikipedia – here. Its a pretty nice place – though unfortunately, we didn\’t have enough time and energy to explore the entire parc.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/30s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 800
Date: March 02, 2012

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla
Pillars
Arches
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona
Cathedral Corner
La Seu – Color or Monochrome?

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La Seu – Color or Monochrome?

La Seu - Color

La Seu - Monochrome

Gothic Cathedral, Barcelona. Which do you prefer color or monochrome?

This is a photograph of La Seu the Gothic Cathedral. This is in Barcelona in the center of El Gotic – the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia – This cathedral is dedicated to St.Eulalia, a co-patron saint of Barcelona.

I could not decide if I liked it better in black and white or color. What do you think?

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla
Pillars
Arches
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona
Cathedral Corner

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/250s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 01, 2012

By the way, this is not an HDR – just a straight photograph, with a little bump in contrast and a bit more of color destauration (in the color version).

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Cathedral Corner

Gothic Cathedral - Barcelona

Gothic Cathedral, Barcelona

This is a photograph of a corner of the the Gothic Cathedral in Barcelona in the center of El Gotic- the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia. This cathedral is dedicated to St.Eulalia, a co-patron saint of Barcelona who achieved sainthood by being tortured by the Romans when she was a young virgin of 13

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla – www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2183
Pillars – www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2192

Arches – www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2198
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona – www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2259

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/20s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 02, 2012

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Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona

Gothic Cathedral - Barcelona

Gothic Cathedral, Barcelona

In Barcelona, after work was done with, got time to just be a tourist and do a lot of sightseeing. On a Friday evening, walking past the Gothic cathedral, the doors were open, and I got to go in. This cathderal, full name \’Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia\’ is the first church in Europe I have visited and I was blown away at how gorgeous the interiors are – the soaring vaults and transepts – amazing – and the decorations and carvings (and bling) inside this gothic cathedral is indeed elaborate. I found out that this cathedral is dedicated to St.Eulalia, a co-patron saint of Barcelona who achieved sainthood by being tortured by the Romans when she was a young virgin of 13!

Processed in lightroom – almost no adjustments except bumping up the contrast a little bit and bringing the saturation down.

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla – www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2183
Pillars – www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2192
Arches – www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2198
Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/40s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 02, 2012

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