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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Lightning from Barcroft Station

Lightning from Barcroft Station

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

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.

We saw a spectacular sunset up there, and headed back down. As we were heading down back to our vehicles, thunder storms were playing in the sky opposite to us. This is the first photograph of lightning I have ever made.
Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1s at f/4.5
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5
ISO: 1250
WB: Daylight
Date: August 27, 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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Bristlecone Pine Star Trail

Bristlecone Pine Star Trail

Star Trail midst the Bristlecone pines, Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone pines.

Here is the star trail at the Bristlecone Pine – White Mountains in California.

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 classroom area was pretty nice and comfortable as well. We did have intermittent cell phone service (AT&T and Verizon) in some areas. We also had satellite Internet and wifi – though only from 2.00am till 9.30am – which really sucked. I do wish we had 24 hr internet access.

The point of the workshop – of course was night photography. We went to Patrirach Grove on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night. This photograph was taken at the Patriarch grove. It is a stack of about 23 images, hand blended with one more for foreground detail. The different colors of circles in the star trail are due to the different colors of stars. Isn\’t that amazing?

Below are some links to tutorials about Star Trails for those interested:
Star Circle Academy star trails – http://blog.starcircleacademy.com/2011/03/star-trail-creation/
Photo extremist – some tricks – http://photoextremist.com/star-trails-tutorial
Another nice tutorial – http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/725769/0

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 30s (aperture manual)
Focal Length: 8mm
Lens: Peleng 8mm f3.5 Fisheye for Canon
ISO: 1600
WB: Daylight
Date: August 28, 2011

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Milky Way and Bristlecone Pine

Milky Way and Bristlecone Pines

Milky Way, Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone pines.

Here is another photograph of the Milky way at the Bristlecone Pine – White Mountains in California.

This 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 classroom area was pretty nice and comfortable as well. We did have intermittent cell phone service (AT&T and Verizon) in some areas. We also had satellite Internet and wifi – though only from 2.00am till 9.30am – which really sucked. I do wish we had 24 hr internet access.

The point of the workshop – of course was night photography. We went to Patrirach Grove on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night. This photograph was taken on the last night at the Patriarch grove. I really wanted to get a shot of the milky way and here it is!

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 30s (aperture manual)
Focal Length: 8mm
Lens: Peleng 8mm f3.5 Fisheye for Canon
ISO: 1600
WB: Daylight
Date: August 28, 2011

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The Milky Way

The Milky Way

Milky Way, Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone pines.

This 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 classroom area was pretty nice and comfortable as well. We did have intermittent cell phone service (AT&T and Verizon) in some areas. We also had satellite Internet and wifi – though only from 2.00am till 9.30am – which really sucked. I do wish we had 24 hr internet access.

The point of the workshop – of course was night photography. We went to Patrirach Grove on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night. This photograph was taken on the last night at the Patriarch grove. I really wanted to get a shot of the milky way and here it is!

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 30s (aperture manual)
Focal Length: 8mm
Lens: Peleng 8mm f3.5 Fisheye for Canon
ISO: 1600
WB: Daylight
Date: August 28, 2011

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Sea Swings

Sea Swings
Sea Swings, by Suprada on Flickr.

Sea Swings, Ride at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

This evening I went on a shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. A nice bunch of people to hangout with. The location was the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA. We met up in front of the boardwalk arcade around 5.15PM, in the group picnic area and headed into the boardwalk. Sunset was supposed to be around 6.30PM and the rides close for the night at 7.00PM. So we had a little bit of time wandering around – and it was not quite dark yet. I went and shot the carousel, then the Fireball and then to the Sea-Swings – this shot. By this time it was around sunset. Since it was bright, I was using my 10 stop ND filter for the long exposures – which, in this shot very nicely brought out the sunset colors. It was a very nice sunset and a part of me was wishing I were on a different becah shting teh sunset – but it totally made this shot – my first ever of a amusement park ride.

After I shot this, I wanted to move on and shoot the Ferris wheel. I actually setup there – that when the security guards, very politely told me that I was welcome to take photos – but without teh tripod. Alas! At that point I decided to head out to the next venue – the Surfer\’s Museum near the lighthouse to photograph some fire dancers.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 30s at at f/4.0
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens:Canon 10-22mm EF-S f3.5-4.5
Filter: B+W #110 3.0 (1000x) Neutral Density Glass Filter
ISO: 1000
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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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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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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Lower Calf Creek Falls – 6

Lower Calf Creek Falls - 6
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 6, by Suprada on Flickr.

Lower Calf Creek Falls in the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010.
October 20 was the big day – our big hike of the trip – and that too, we were hiking to the Lower Calf Creek Falls. The photographs I have seen from other photographers of this waterfall had me very eager to try my camera out on these falls.

It was 3 mile hike – but since we started a bit late, I was eager to just get to the falls. I made it to the falls just in time – the sunlight was full on the falls – however the shadows were creeping in from the left – it was past midday. The sun was full on the falls, making it difficult to get the silky smooth water flow. This was the perfect opportunity for me to try my ND filter – and I loved the filter. I put on my Neoprene socks and into the water I went with my 10mm wide angle with the ND filter and remote release.

I had a lot of fun photographing here. The neoprene socks and the ND Grad filter were absolutely essential – not to mention my tripod. I am very pleased with the photographs I made of this waterfall.

By the time this photograph was made, the shadow of the canyon was on the upper end of the waterfall. This caused the white patch of rock to glow and the water to turn bluish. In my post-processing, I used Tony Kuyper\’s photoshop action called \”Make it Glow\” to get the glow in the photograph like how it looked that afternoon.

Other photos from this series:
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 1
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 2
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 3
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 4
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 5

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure: 0.5s at at f/22
Focal Length: 18mm
Lens:Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Filter: B+W #110 3.0 (1000x) Neutral Density Glass Filter
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 20, 2010

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Lower Calf Creek Falls – 5

Lower Calf Creek Falls - 5

Lower Calf Creek Falls in the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument. This photograph is pretty much the classic view of the waterfalls. You can see the shadows starting to creep up on the left.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010.
October 20 was the big day – our big hike of the trip – and that too, we were hiking to the Lower Calf Creek Falls. The photographs I have seen from other photographers of this waterfall had me very eager to try my camera out on these falls.

It was 3 mile hike – but since we started a bit late, I was eager to just get to the falls. I made it to the falls just in time – the sunlight was full on the falls – however the shadows were creeping in from the left – it was past midday. The sun was full on the falls, making it difficult to get the silky smooth water flow. This was the perfect opportunity for me to try my ND filter – and I loved the filter. I put on my Neoprene socks and into the water I went with my 10mm wide angle with the ND filter and remote release.

I had a lot of fun photographing here. The neoprene socks and the ND Grad filter were absolutely essential – not to mention my tripod. I am very pleased with the photographs I made of this waterfall. Over the next few blog posts, I will be posting the photographs from the Lower Calf Creek Falls series.

Other photos from this series:
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 1
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 2
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 3
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 4

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure: 2s at at f/5.6
Focal Length: 22mm
Lens:Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Filter: B+W #110 3.0 (1000x) Neutral Density Glass Filter
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 20, 2010

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Lower Calf Creek Falls – 4

Lower Calf Creek Falls - 4
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 4, by Suprada on Flickr.

Lower Calf Creek Falls in the Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument. This photograph shows the waterfalls in its canyon environment.

This photograph was taken during the \”Utah\’s Golden Circle” workshop/field seminar with Rick Knepp during October 2010.
October 20 was the big day – our big hike of the trip – and that too, we were hiking to the Lower Calf Creek Falls. The photographs I have seen from other photographers of this waterfall had me very eager to try my camera out on these falls.

It was 3 mile hike – but since we started a bit late, I was eager to just get to the falls. I made it to the falls just in time – the sunlight was full on the falls – however the shadows were creeping in from the left – it was past midday. The sun was full on the falls, making it difficult to get the silky smooth water flow. This was the perfect opportunity for me to try my ND filter – and I loved the filter. I put on my Neoprene socks and into the water I went with my 10mm wide angle with the ND filter and remote release.

I had a lot of fun photographing here. The neoprene socks and the ND Grad filter were absolutely essential – not to mention my tripod. I am very pleased with the photographs I made of this waterfall. Over the next few blog posts, I will be posting the photographs from the Lower Calf Creek Falls series.

Other photos from this series:

Lower Calf Creek Falls – 1
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 2
Lower Calf Creek Falls – 3

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure: 2s at at f/5.6
Focal Length: 10mm
Lens:Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Filter: B+W #110 3.0 (1000x) Neutral Density Glass Filter
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 20, 2010

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