Fire Dancers – 14

Fire dancers - 14

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876
Fire Dancers – 3 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1880
Fire Dancers – 4 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1883
Fire Dancers – 5 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1890
Fire Dancers – 6 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1894
Fire Dancers – 7 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1898

Fire Dancers – 8 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1902
Fire Dancers – 9 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1904
Fire Dancers – 10 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1906
Fire Dancers – 11 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1910
Fire Dancers – 12 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1912
Fire Dancers – 13 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1914

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1s at F/8
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Fire Dancers – 9

Fire dancers - 9

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876
Fire Dancers – 3 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1880
Fire Dancers – 4 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1883

Fire Dancers – 5 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1890
Fire Dancers – 6 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1894
Fire Dancers – 7 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1898
Fire Dancers – 8 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1902

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/6s at F/6.3
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Splash of Fire – Fire Dancers – 13

Fire dancers - 13

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876
Fire Dancers – 3 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1880
Fire Dancers – 4 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1883
Fire Dancers – 5 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1890
Fire Dancers – 6 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1894

Fire Dancers – 7 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1898
Fire Dancers – 8 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1902
Fire Dancers – 9 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1904
Fire Dancers – 10 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1906
Fire Dancers – 11 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1910
Fire Dancers – 12 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1912

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 0.8s at F/11
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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The Binding – Fire Dancers – 11

Fire dancers - 11

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876
Fire Dancers – 3 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1880
Fire Dancers – 4 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1883
Fire Dancers – 5 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1890
Fire Dancers – 6 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1894

Fire Dancers – 7 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1898
Fire Dancers – 8 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1902
Fire Dancers – 9 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1904
Fire Dancers – 10 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1906

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/6s at F/6.3
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Fire Dancers – 10

Fire dancers - 10

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876
Fire Dancers – 3 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1880
Fire Dancers – 4 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1883

Fire Dancers – 5 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1890
Fire Dancers – 6 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1894
Fire Dancers – 7 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1898
Fire Dancers – 8 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1902
Fire Dancers – 9 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1904

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/6s at F/6.3
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Fire Dancers – 8

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876
Fire Dancers – 3 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1880
Fire Dancers – 4 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1883

Fire Dancers – 5 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1890
Fire Dancers – 6 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1894
Fire Dancers – 7 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1898

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/13s at F/11
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F1.8
ISO: 800
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Fire Dancers – 7

Fire Dancers - 7

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876
Fire Dancers – 3 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1880
Fire Dancers – 4 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1883

Fire Dancers – 5 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1890
Fire Dancers – 6 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1894

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1.6s at F/11
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F1.8
ISO: 125
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Fire Dancers – 6

Fire Dancers - 6

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876

Fire Dancers – 3 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1880
Fire Dancers – 4 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1883
Fire Dancers – 5 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1890

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1.6s at F/11
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm F1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Fire Dancers – 3

Fire Dancers - 3

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873
Fire Dancers – 2 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1876

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 0.25s at at f/2.0
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens:Canon 50mm f1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Fire Dancers – 2

Fire Dancers - 2

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

On Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive.

Other posts in this series:
Fire Dancers – 1 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1873

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 0.25s at at f/2.0
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens:Canon 50mm f1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Fire Dancers – 1

Fire Dancers - 1

Fire Dancers, Surfers Museum, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

on Sunday Oct 23, I went for a photo shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. The plan was to shoot the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk amusement park at around sunset. While there, the organizers told us about this event – a bunch of fire-dancers were supposed to dance with fire on the lawns of the Surfing Museum near Light House Field State Park on Cliff drive. It was a fun experience and fruitful photographically (for me). The dancers were amazing – especially this lady – she combined exceptional acrobatics with fire dancing!

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 0.25s at at f/2.0
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens:Canon 50mm f1.8
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Photographing – SoFoBoMo 2011

As I am writing this, I am now in my second week of SoFoBoMo 2011. For the first week, my game plan called for the collection of images. And collect images I did.

My first day of SoFoBoMo I went to Scott\’s Creek State beach – north of Santa Cruz. It is on Highway 1 between mileposts 31.8 and 31.9. This beach is very popular with surfers, and has free parking on either side of the highway. GPS Co-Ordinates: 37.0418°N 122.227°W

I pulled in about 7.30PM – sunset was supposed be at 8.30PM. It is very disconcerting, and exhilarating d to pull in and park when everyone else is leaving the beach. It\’s almost like the sunset is just for you.

So, I pull in and park on the side of the road. For the first time I take a look at what the signs say: Parking allowed from 8.00AM to sunset only. So what is a photographer who wants to photograph after sunset do? I decided to park a little away where there was no board. And try to shoot while keeping an eye out on my car. Luckily this beach allows a view of the parked car from all over.

Since sunset was 8.30PM, I had a bit of time to wander around. I was pretty uninspired until I went to the far north of the beach where Scott\’s creek was joining the ocean. I took a deep breath, got out of my hiking shoes and crossed the creek – cold cold water. ON the other side of this creek, there were some rocky shelves, undisturbed sand and a whole lot of inspiration. Suffice to say, my first day of shooting was very successful indeed.

After that, during the week, I got out of work and drove to San Gregorio Beach – just south of Half Moon Bay. This excursion was the least productive – I arrived there at 8.15 – just before sunset. And I didn\’t make any photos I liked from this excursion. Next stop, again on a weekday night was the awesome Pescadero State Beach. This beach was so awesome, that I had to go back and shoot there again the next Sunday (officially Week 2 of SoFoBoMo).

So how did I do overall on Week 1? Pretty good. I got 23 decent images from one week of shooting – three visits to the beaches. The good ones were picked and processed as well. Including this Sunday\’s excursion, I now have 35 photos selected for the book. They have all been processed and kind of sequenced.

Some aspects of teh project changed during this week. I had originally wanted to shoot using the digital Holga and Peleng lens – instead I am using my trusty trio of the 50mm f1.8, the 17-40mm L and the 10-22mm EF-S lenses. One other change – I had initially thought of shooting those beaches where a creek flows into the ocean at sunset or sunrise. Now I just shoot in beaches around sunset. This is what other SoFoBoMo-ers mentioned – be open to the nature of the project changing. I also seem to be shooting mostly at sunset. So the \”sunrise” might disappear from the options soon.

The challenges I faced this week\”
1. Shooting along at twilight and being spooked by my overactive imagination (crazy guy with a machete chasing me…)
2. Parking outside these beaches when no other cars are parked and being a little worried about my car being broken into (so good so far)
3. Watching out for park officials who want to chase me out of the beaches (so far none!)

What next? Though I have 35 photos, I know that some of them can be better. So I plan to go out and shoot one more time – this time to maybe Four Mile Beach or Davenport beach or Waddell beach… Also it is time to dig into desktop publishing software and the challenges of PDF creation. More about that in my next post.

I will leave you with a photo I am most pleased with from my excursion to Scott\’s Creek beach. It might even be the cover image of the book! What do I like about it? Everything. The reflections, the light and shadow, the palette, the awesome opportunity to actually spot the fancy light work while I was shooting… everything!

Scott\
Scott\’s Creek, by Suprada on Flickr.

Scott\’s Creek Beach, North of Davenport, Highway 1

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Exposure: 1/8s at f/13
Focal Length: 11mm
Lens: Canon 50mm
ISO: 100
WB: Auto
Date: July 07, 2011

Other SoFoBoMo posts:
Post1: http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1712

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Capitol Reef Sunset – A Time Lapse Video

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah at Sunset from Panorama Point.

I was on a workshop from Oct 16 to Oct 24 with Richard Knepp. The workshop/photo seminar was titled \”Utah\’s Golden Circle\”. It was a great workshop, lots of fun with great people.

We were at Capitol Reef National Park for sunset on Oct 21, and for some reason, I was not very motivated to make photos. Instead, I was inspired by another workshop participant, Gary Brainard who showed us his time lapse movie. So there I was with my 50D and intervelometer, pointing the camera at the wrong direction trying to get the imaginary Alpenglow on the snow covered Henry mountains in the East on an overcast evening. And then the oohs and the aahs coming from behind made me turn around and shoot this amazing sunset. Such beautiful God Rays!

This was shot from Panorama Point, near the West entrance of the park.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in JPEG (small, fine) and used Quicktime Pro to make this timelapse movie. The camera was on Autofocus, and in Aperture Priority mode, with the aperture set at its widest – f1.8 in this case. The ISO was constant at 100. I was shooting one frame every 30 seconds. Next time, I will shoot many more frames – maybe 1 every 10 seconds.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure:variable at at f/1.8
Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 21, 2010

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