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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Lake

Lake

Lake 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. One of the photos on this trip was this lake.

Post Processing: Raw image + Lightroom 3 processing. I used this develop preset called Soft Highlights by Joop Snijder as a starting point and tweaked some. 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

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/160 at f/4.0
Focal Length: 36mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0 L
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: February 19, 2011

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Barn

Barn

Some barn 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. One of the photos on this trip was this barn.

Post Processing: Raw image + Lightroom 3 processing. I used this develop preset called Soft Highlights by Joop Snijder as a starting point and tweaked some. 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 EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/400 at f/4.0
Focal Length: 40mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0 L
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: February 19, 2011

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Tree Rays

Tree Rays

Merced River outside Housekeeping camp, Yosemite National Park.

For the first time ever, I ended up staying at the housekeeping camp in Yosemite National Park. I have previously stayed at the tent city in Curry village – and this was a treat. The housekeeping cabin consisted of three concrete walls, concrete roof, one canvas entrance, beds, and a patio with a fire ring. It was also right next to the Merced river. It was so cold in the night that the two space
heaters we got were life savers.

Waking up in the morning and walking to the Merced is a treat in itself. Add to that the fog burning away, the smell of wood smoke and breakfast cooking at various campfires, the sound of the Merced flowing over the rocks, the muted sounds of humanity waking up…and the sun light streaming through the trees… what a sight! I had to try to photograph and this is what I ended up with.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 0.6s at f22
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 8, 2011

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Half Dome and Moon

Half Dome and moon

Half Dome from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.

I am back from Barcelona – a long two weeks of work and a little vacation. I\’ll have more photos from that trip in a bit. meanwhile, here is one from good old Yosemite.

We were at the Glacier View Point in Yosemite National Park for Sunset. It was very crowded, along with a range program about the history of Yosemite as a National park. He was talking about how the sunsets from Glacier Point are either \”Wow\’ or \”oh..that was all?\”..

Luckily for us we got a very nice sunset, with the sun kissing Half Dome and the snow topped mountains behind it. The moon in the sky was just the right touch.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/13s at f/20.0
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Date: October 8, 2011

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Mission Peak Sunset

Mission Peak Sunset

Mission Peak, Bench at the Flagpole, Fremont, California.

This was an attempt at HDR. I was hiking up Mission Peak via the Ohlone trail with a friend, after work. We walked up to the bench next to the flagpole. And I set up there to photograph the glorious sunset over the bay area. It was awesome…until I strated getting bitten by mosquitoes. And thats when we headed down.

I used FDR Tools Advanced – Compressor algorithm to blend into HDR. It is an amazing piece of software… and I seem to like it much better than Photomatix.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: HDR blend of three exposures using FDR Tools Advanced
Focal Length: 22mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0 L
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: September 1, 2011

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White Mountain Sunset

White Mountain Sunset

Sunset on White Mountain, View from above Barcroft Station, California

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In August (2011), I attended a workshop – \”Dark of the Night Star Photography\”. This was organized by the Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association and the instructors were the really good Harold Davis, Steven Christenson and Eric Harness. (Side Note: Check this interview I did with Harold Davis a while back – its an awesome read.)

On Day 2 of the workshop, we drove up to the Barcroft Research Station at 12500ft, and got a tour of the facility. After that we hiked up about 3/4th of a mile to a view point to see sunset on white mountain. I made it up there with difficult due to a bad case of altitude sickness. However once up there, I recovered pretty fast. It was a spectacular sunset.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/20 at f/14.0
Focal Length: 40mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0 L
ISO: 1250
WB: Daylight
Date: August 27, 2011

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Bristlecone Pine and Blue Skies

Bristlecone Pine and Blue Skies

Bristlecone Pine and Blue Skies, Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone pines.

In August (2011), I attended a workshop – \”Dark of the Night Star Photography\”. This was organized by the Pt. Reyes National Seashore Association and the instructors were the really good Harold Davis, Steven Christenson and Eric Harness. (Side Note: Check this interview I did with Harold Davis a while back – its an awesome read.)

On this workshop, we stayed at the Crooked Creek Research Station at 10,200 feet altitude. The accomodation was good – clean, warm. Not your luxury accommodation you would find at a five star hotel, but dorm style with very clean bathrooms, and beds, and a heater and with a very nice view – just perfect for people on a photography workshop.

The point of the workshop – of course was night photography. However, one afternoon, my room mate (for the workshop) Debbie and I drove up to Patriarch grove to enjoy the place in daylight. This was a photograph taken then.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/125 at f/16.0
Focal Length: 24mm
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f4.0 L
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: August 28, 2011

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Stones at Capitol Reef National Park

Stones at Capitol Reef National Park
Stones at Capitol Reef National Park, by Suprada on Flickr.

Stones at the viewpoint, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010 at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Exposure: 1/320s at at f/8.0
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens:Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Date: October 21, 2010

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Brush at Sunset

Brush at Sunset
Brush at Sunset, by Suprada on Flickr.

Brush glowing at sunset by Hell\’s Backbone Road near Boulder, Utah.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010.
On October 20, we hiked to the Lower Cal Creek Falls during the daytime. After the hike we stopped by the spectacular Kiva Coffee House for some cold beverages. The coffee house is placed spectacularly, perched on the edge of the cliff looking down into the canyon.

We went back to our hotel rooms at Pole\’s Place in Boulder, freshened up and headed out for the sunset on Hell\’s Backbone Road towards the bridge. The Hell\’s Backbone Road is described as \”Hell’s Backbone Road is one of the most dramatic stretches of road in Utah as it travels along a ridge with a sheer drop on both sides. Hell’s Backbone Bridge spans a crevasse on a narrow ridge no wider than the bridge itself. Plenty of dramatic photos of the area’s breathtaking scenery can be taken along the route.\”

Along the way, the sunlight was lighting up the brush on the roadside.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure: 1/160s at at f/4.0
Focal Length: 40mm
Lens:Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Filter: B+W #110 3.0 (1000x) Neutral Density Glass Filter
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 20, 2010

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Glowing Arch

Glowing Arch
Glowing Arch, by Suprada on Flickr.

The arch at Natural Bridges viewpoint, Bryce Canyon.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010. After shooting around sunrise at the Surise and Sunset viewpoints at Bryce Canyon, we drove all the way to the farthest vista point – Rainbow Point and started making our way back to the park entrance, while stopping at the vista points in between. This photograph was made at the Natural Bridges viewpoint. From the national Park website: \”Though the name tends to be misleading, Natural Bridge is one of several natural arches in Bryce Canyon and creates a beautiful scene at this viewpoint. This arch, sculpted from some of the reddest rock of the Claron Formation (rich in iron oxide minerals), poses a stark contrast to the dark green of the Ponderosa forest that peeks through the arch from the canyon below.\”

They were not exaggerating – it was very beautiful. what made it all the more so was the sun light, through a gap in the clouds, hitting the arch from just the right angle making this bridge literally glow! The glowing yellow aspen tree in the foreground was just a bonus.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure:1/800s at at f 4.0
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens:Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 18, 2010

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A Touch of Fall at Bryce

A Touch of Fall at Bryce
A Touch of Fall at Bryce, by Suprada on Flickr.

Bryce Canyon in Fall. View from Sunrise POint, Navajo Trail.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010. We reached Bryce Canyon on Oct 17, stayed the night at Fosters Motel and headed out to shoot the sunrise at Bryce. An overcast morning greeted us. Once we reached the Sunset Point, we saw the amphitheater covered in fog. Luckily, the clouds had broken up by now. As the sun rose the fog gradually dissipated.

After shooting at the viewpoints, I started making my way down the Navajo Trail. The trail was very very muddy, with my shoes adding on a pound or too as I walked,

unwillingly collecting the red clay mud, as I walked along the trail. About 200 steps into the trail is when I made this photograph. The Aspen trees in yellow against the red rocks of Bryce was just too much to not stop for.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure: 1/50s at f 4.0
Focal Length: 19mm
Lens:Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
ISO: 200
WB: Daylight
Date: October 18, 2010

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Bryce in the Morning Fog

Bryce in the Morning Fog
Bryce in the Morning Fog, by Suprada on Flickr.

Bryce Canyon in the morning fog. View from Sunset Point.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010. We reached Bryce Canyon on Oct 17, stayed the night at Fosters Motel and headed out to shoot the sunrise at Bryce. Again, it didn\’t look very promising – the sky was filled with heavy clouds. We parked at Sunset point parking and headed out to the vista point walkway. At this point I want to clarify something – the Sunrise Point and the Sunset Point views at Bryce canyon are a very short distance away from each other and I almost found myself walking from one viewpoint to the other as I was shooting.

I set up at sunset point and waited for the sun to come up. As the sun was coming up, the fog in between the hoodoos started drifting giving us an opportunity to photograph a very different Bryce.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure:2.5s at at f 4.0
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens:Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 18, 2010

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Chipmunk Climbing Bush

Chipmunk Climbing Bush
Chipmunk Climbing Bush, by Suprada on Flickr.

Chipmunk climbing a bush at the amphitheatre at Bryce Canyon, Utah – Sunrise Point.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010. We were photographing at the Sunrise Point during sunset. This chipmunk was stealing attention from the canyon itself. All the tourists were enamored by the chipmunk scampering about and leaping from branch to branch of this bush.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure:1/60 at at f 4.0
Focal Length: 36mm
Lens:Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
ISO: 320
WB: Daylight
Date: October 17, 2010

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Bryce Canyon Amphitheatre

Bryce Canyon Amphitheatre
Bryce Canyon Amphitheatre, by Suprada on Flickr.

The Amphitheatre at Bryce Canyon, Utah – View from Sunrise Point.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010. Starting at Cedar City in the morning on October 17th, we reached Bryce Canyon around late afternoon and checked in at Fosters Motel . For people visiting Bryce on a budget, I would certainly recommend Fosters – cheap and clean – but not a 5 start hotel for sure. Just perfect for photographers who like a warm bed at night and who\’d rather use their money to travel to more places or o buy that awfully nice Carbon Fiber tripod!

Our plan was to head to Bryce Canyon for the sunset – which at this point looked like a non-starter. It had been raining pretty heavily as we drove through Panguitch. However the rain had let up by the time we were heading out for our

sunset shoot – but the skies were still heavily overcast. We reached Bryce about 30 mins before sunset and walked to the Sunrise point. Through the sunset and after, we didn\’t see any spectacular light – however the whole place was filled with soft diffused light – it was almost like Bryce Canyon was in a very soft contemplative mood – lost in memories of eons past.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure:1.3s at at f/22
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens:Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 17, 2010

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