Sunset Chilling

Sunset Chilling

Chilling at sunset, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

A couple enjoying sunset on Carmel Beach on a Wednesday evening.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/1.6
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200
Date: 10/9/2013 evening

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Dogs on beach – 3

Dogs on Beach – 3, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Carmel beach, at sunset – on a Wednesday evening was filled with people and dogs and kids. It felt like it was a weekend. It was fun o see two passing dogs playing, chasing each other – just having fun.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/640s at f/1.8
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200
Date: 10/9/2013 evening

Dogs on Beach – 2

Dogs on beach - 2

Dogs on Beach – 2, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Olympus E-P5 with Panasonic Leica 25mm. Whats not to like with this combination? Light beautiful camera, the prettiest I have ever owned. Amazing lens – I cannot articulate why I like the images from this lens so much – but I do. My current favorite lens – the one with which I shoot most of the time. This was shot in Raw + JPG. What you are seeing is the \’straight out of camera\’ jpeg image.

A happy dog fetching his ball, running full tilt back to his master, on a gorgeous beach against the setting sun.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/8000s at f/1.8
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200
Date: 10/9/2013 evening

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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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SoFoBoMo 2011

These days I am very excited about participating in SoFoBoMo 2011 – \”The worst photo competition in the world\”. For those of you who don\’t know about SoFoBoMo – it stands for Solo Photo Book Month. What are the rules?

Make a photography ebook/PDF with a minimum of 35 photos . From the shooting to layout to finishing and posting -it needs to be completed within 31 days. Participants can begin any time between July 1 and aug #1 – but once they start they have 31 days.

Sounds nuts? Sounds challenging? Sounds easy? You should try it. It\’s not too late to give it a go. You can go here to register until July 30 2011.

So why am I taking part in this? After being in a photo-coma for the first half of this year, this is an awesome way to regain my photo-conscious. I need the discipline of dedicated photography, the challenge of trying to photograph with a theme / idea in mind and ending up with a related body of photos – a project! I like the challenge of creating a book – of grappling with layout, format – of learning about editing and designing and typography. Most of all, it is very nicely self contained – there is a beginning and an end. If I don\’t make a book in 31 days – the time-period is over – and my tendency to carry on forever can\’t play here.

My SoFoBoMo month started last Saturday – July 7 – when I started taking some photos. I signed up for SoFoBoMo 2011 back in May. Since then, I have been doing some research / prep work. I have been reading the resources section of the SoFoBoMo website, tips from other participants. I have also been looking into which desktop publishing software to use, studying book design, basic typography, layout , editing etc – what fun! All the while eagerly waiting for July to begin.

Meanwhile, I found a blog post by Niels Henrikson where he suggests the following schedule:
Week 1 – Image Collection
Week 2 – Processing
Week 3 Editing and Arranging
Week 4 – Publishing ebook and Done.

Which is what I planned to do exactly – but now, there is a modification:

Week 1 – Shooting, first round of selection
Week 2 – Editing photos, printing draft copies of photos which make the cut, getting bthe ook template ready, if time allows, some more shooting
Week 3 -Selecting the pre-final cut, draft copy of book with images, reshooting if necessary
Week 4 – Last week for polishing the book.

Before I started on my SoFoBoMo month, I decided on what I would shoot this time around as a part of my preparation (allowed by the rules). I decided on the working title of my book \”Confluences\”, the tag line being \”when day meets night, when water meets land\”. My idea was to shoot the spectacular beaches of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties at twilight – either around sunset or sunrise. I wanted to use the digital Holga lens from Holgsmods.com and a Peleng 8mm fisheye lens for this. And use Scribus – a free desktop publishing software (alternative to Adobe InDesign) to create the book. And accompany photos with text and maybe some poetry. The photograph below inspired me to choose my theme for this project. More on what\’s happening since July 7 on my next post.

Blue Hour
Blue Hour, by Suprada on Flickr.

Blue Hour, 4 Mile Beach, Wilder Ranch, Santa Cruz County.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Exposure: 2.5s at f/4.5Focal Length: 11mm
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Date: March 04, 2011

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Dream or Nightmare?

Dream or Nightmare?
Dream or Nightmare?, by Suprada on Flickr.

Rock formations in Pebble Beach, near Pescadero CA.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1.5s at f/16
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: November 1, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Surf Motion – 6

Surf Motion - 6
Surf Motion – 6, by Suprada on Flickr.

Surf Motion – 6, Panther beach, CA.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1.5s at f/16
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: October 31, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Surf Motion – 5

Surf Motion - 5
Surf Motion – 5, by Suprada on Flickr.

Surf Motion – 5, Panther beach, CA.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 0.7s at f11.0
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: October 31, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Beer Bottle

Beer Bottle
Beer Bottle, by Suprada on Flickr.

Beer Bottle in Panther Beach, CA.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/6s at f8.0
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: October 31, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Surf Motion – 4

Surf Motion - 4
Surf Motion – 4, by Suprada on Flickr.

Surf Motion – 4, Hole in the Wall beach, CA.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 4s at f4.0
Focal Length: 15mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: October 31, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Surf Motion – 3

Surf Motion - 3
Surf Motion – 3, by Suprada on Flickr.

Surf Motion – 3, Hole in the Wall beach, CA.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1s at f4.5
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: October 31, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Surf Story – 2 (In and Out)

Surf Story - 1-1

Surf Story - 1-2

Surf Story – 2 (In and Out), Hole in the Wall beach, CA.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: October 31, 2009
Filter: SinghRay Neutral LB Polarizer

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Ocean and Bixby Bridge

Ocean and Bixby Bridge
Ocean and Bixby Bridge, by Suprada on Flickr.

Ocean and Bixby Bridge, CA.

This is a photograph of the Bixby Bridge, officially the \”Bixby Creek Arch Bridge” on Hwy 1 near Big Sur. This photograph was taken during the night photography workshop with Harold Davis.

For this photograph, we crossed the street to a turnout to get a different perspective.

For more about my workshop experiences, you can read this post.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 346sec at f/8.0
Focal Length: 16mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Date: September 26, 2009

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Car Trail – Bixby Bridge

Car Trail - Bixby Bridge
Car Trail – Bixby Bridge, by Suprada on Flickr.

Car Trail – Bixby Bridge, Monterey Wharf, CA.

This is a photograph of the Bixby Bridge, officially the \”Bixby Creek Arch Bridge” on Hwy 1 near Big Sur. This photograph was taken during the night photography workshop with Harold Davis.

A looong exposure setup very close to the bridge to try to get an interesting perspective.

For more about my workshop experiences, you can read this post.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 326sec at f/8.0
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Date: September 26, 2009

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