Housekeeping Camp

Housekeeping Camp

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.

I was walking to the Merced to set up for a night shot – to try to stack for star trails (Click here to see what I got). I happened to look back and this is what I saw …Moon light and camplight almost merging all separated by these tall tall trees.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 10s at f/4.0
Focal Length: 10mm
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5
ISO: 3200
WB: Daylight
Date: October 8, 2011

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Star Trail on Merced

Star Trail on Merced

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 – 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.

At night, I went and setup my camera and tripod with an intervelometer menaing to let it run through the night while I sleep happily. However, within about an hour, there was mist and then fog – I bailed out on this plan at this point. This photograph is a stack of the images in about a 50 min span.

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: Stack of 120s, f4.0 exposures
Focal Length: 12mm
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5
ISO: 100
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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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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Fire Dragon (Fire Dancers – 15)

Fire dancers - 15

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
Fire Dancers – 14 : http://www.suprada.com/photoblog/archives/1916

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 2s (aperture manual)
Focal Length: 85mm
Lens: Rokinon 85M-C 85mm F1.4 Aspherical
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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Looking On

Looking On, San Diego

I was in a restaurant sometime last week, alone enjoying my pizza and beer. I also had my new Olympus E-PL3 with the Konica Hexanon 40mm f1.8 on it. With the tilting LCD, it was easy to pretend to be not taking photos while taking photos. I never realized what a tough job being a hostess in a restaurant is… Everybody is there eating, drinking enjoying, while they have to stand by the door hungry and cold and bored… Tough job indeed!

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/15s (manual aperture at f 1.8, manual focus)
Focal Length: 40mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f1.8
ISO: 400

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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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Intensity – Fire Dancers – 12

Fire dancers - 12

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

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1/30s at F/2.5
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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