Mirrors and Windows (and a camera)

Mirrors and Windows (and a camera)

Mirrors and Windows (and a camera), Kotetsu Ramen, Santa Clara, CA

Never realized \’selfies\’ are this much fun! What fun eating ramen for lunch, good conversation with friends and taking photographs. This is from Day One of LMMM.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 23, 2013

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Man checking phone

Man checking phone

Man checking phone, Outside a restaurant, Santa Clara, CA

Taken through a mesh screen at a Japanese restaurant – Kotetsu Ramen in Santa Clara, CA. The man in the photograph was sitting on a bench outside the restaurant while waiting for his table. I was, luckily, seated right by the window.

This was day one of the LMMMs. This is hard. I am realizing how much I don\’t know about dialing in the right shutter speed and focal length for a given ISO. I never knew I depended on the in-camera metering this much. Setting the ISO fixes to 1000 was a good idea.

Why did I choose 1000? Well, I know it is pretty high. But if I am to take photos every day, it will mostly be indoors, and I need a decent ISO to make low light photographs, and my camera can handle it. Day one has been very enjoyable so far. I am loving the look of my Konica Hexanon lens. It is not perfect – flares easily, soft wide-open….but so what! I love how the photos look. Someday I will have the vocabulary to describe what is so different, so nice about images from this lens.

What to change / add tomorrow? I need to start noting what aperture I\’m using for my photos somehow – for every frame. Is this going to be a phone app , or old-fashioned pen and paper? I am also using focus peaking a lot for manually focusing. However, after a couple of weeks, I am hoping I\’ll get the hang of manual focus without needing the focus-peaking crutch.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 23, 2013

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Tree without leaves

Tree Without Leaves

Tree without leaves against dawn sky, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont, CA

Training hike on a cold cold morning. Training for hiking, training for photography. Winter tree, no leaves against sky before sunrise. Black and White in post-process via Lightroom.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/6400s at f/1.8
Focal Length: 17mm (35mm conversion – 35mm)
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8
ISO: 2000
Date: Dec 7, 2013

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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

Unfinished Carvings

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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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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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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Hong Kong Airport – 3

Hong Kong Airport - 3

Play of light and shadow on the roof of some terminal in the Hong Kong Airport. This is what one does after a 14 hour flight, and 7 1/2 hours to go separated by a 4 hour break in between….
This is the last of this series.

Other Images in this series:
Hong Kong Airport 1 – http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2100
Hong Kong Airport 2 – http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2102

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/1250s at f5.6
Focal Length: 41mm
Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
ISO: 800

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Hong Kong Airport – 2

Hong Kong Airport - 2

Play of light and shadow on the roof of some terminal in the Hong Kong Airport. This is what one does after a 14 hour flight, and 7 1/2 hours to go separated by a 4 hour break in between….

Other Images in this series:
Hong Kong Airport 1 – http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2100

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/30s at f22.0
Focal Length: 42mm
Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
ISO: 800

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Hong Kong Airport – 1

Hong Kong Airport - 1

Play of light and shadow on the roof of some terminal in the Hong Kong Airport. This is what one does after a 14 hour flight, and 7 1/2 hours to go separated by a 4 hour break in between….

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/50s at f22.0
Focal Length: 21mm
Lens: OLYMPUS M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
ISO: 800

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Trees

Trees

Trees on Mt. Hamilton Road, San Jose, California

Last spring, there was snow forecast down to 3000ft here in the bay area. There was snow on Mt. Hamilton (just like this spring). One Sunday morning, I decided to drive up there and see what I could photograph. Alas, the road all the way to the observatory was closed. And it was raining. And it was foggy. So, on my way down, I stopped by a couple of places and took a few photos. This is one of them. I love how these trees look in the fog – and the minute I saw these, I knew I had to try a black and white conversion.

Post Processing: Raw image + Lightroom 3 processing. I used this develop preset called Soft Highlights by Joop Snijder as a starting point and then did the black and white conversion. 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.

Other photographs in this series:
Barn: www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2250
Lake: www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2253

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/160 at f/4.0
Focal Length: 33mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0 L
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: February 19, 2011

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Berries and Shadows – 3

Berries and Shadows - 3

Berries and Shadows, Santa Clara, CA

One afternoon, walking from one building to the next, I was entranced by the trees which had shed most of their leaves and had lots of berries. What leaves were remaining were with the berries. This tree was casting a shadow on the wall and also on the shiny glass wall. Perchance, I happened to have my camera, and shot this scene knowing I was going to turn it into monochome…

This is the last in this series.

For the previous images in the series, check out
Berries and Shadows – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2084
Berries and Shadows – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2087
Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/500s at f5.6
Focal Length: 42mm
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm II f3.5-5.6
ISO: 200

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Berries and Shadows – 2

Berries and Shadows - 2

Berries and Shadows, Santa Clara, CA

One afternoon, walking from one building to the next, I was entranced by the trees which had shed most of their leaves and had lots of berries. What leaves were remaining were with the berries. This tree was casting a shadow on the wall and also on the shiny glass wall. Perchance, I happened to have my camera, and shot this scene knowing I was going to turn it into monochome…

This is Part 2 in the series. For the previous image, check out
Berries and Shadows – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/2084
Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/60s at f5.6
Focal Length: 42mm
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm II f3.5-5.6
ISO: 200

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Berries and Shadows – 1

Berries and Shadows - 1

Berries and Shadows, Santa Clara, CA

One afternoon, walking from one building to the next, I was entranced by the trees which had shed most of their leaves and had lots of berries. What leaves were remaining were with the berries. This tree was casting a shadow on the wall and also on the shiny glass wall. Perchance, I happened to have my camera, and shot this scene knowing I was going to turn it into monochome…

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/4000s at f5.6
Focal Length: 41mm
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-42mm II f3.5-5.6
ISO: 10000

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