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 – 5

Fire Dancers - 5

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

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 1.6s (aperture unknown)
Focal Length: 85mm
Lens: Rokinon 85M-C 85mm F1.4 Aspherical
ISO: 800
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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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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Hotel Rooms

Hotel Rooms
Hotel Rooms, by Suprada on Flickr.

This is a photograph of the hotel rooms, looking up from the gorgeous pool at the Presidente Intercontinental hotel in Merida. This very nice hotel is located very close to the Paseo De Montejo and a slightly long walk from Centro.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them. I played around with the clarity, vibrance, exposure and curves settings for this photograph.

Link to posts from Uxmal
Link to oher posts from Mexico

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 20s at f6.7
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009

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Pool at Presidente Intercontinental, Mérida

Pool at Presidente Intercontinental, Mérida
Pool at Presidente Intercontinental, Mérida, by Suprada on Flickr.

This is a photograph of the gorgeous pool at the Presidente Intercontinental hotel in Merida when we were there in December. Located very close to the Paseo De Montejo and close to Centro, this hotel was quite nice.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them. I played around with the clarity, vibrance, exposure and curves settings for this photograph.

Link to posts from Uxmal
Link to oher posts from Mexico

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 15s at f6.7
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009

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Paseo de Montejo, Mérida,

Paseo de Montejo, Mérida
Paseo de Montejo, Mérida, by Suprada on Flickr.
Paseo de Montejo, Mérida, Mexico

We stayed at the Presidente Intercontinental hotel in Merida when we were there in December. One night, we decided to walk to the nearest Italian place for dinner. We walked down and along the Pases De Montejo. The street was lit up with Christmas lights. Looking at this scene, I just absolutely had to try to make a photograph.

This photograph was made at the \”Monumento a la Patria\” looking out to the street.

More about the Paseo de Montejo from http://www.differentworld.com/mexico/areas/yucatan-and-campeche/merida/guide.htm: \”This major boulevard is Merida\’s answer to the Champs Elysées in Paris. Magnificent mansions, built at the height of the henequen industry, line the broad streets – many are now banks or offices. Remember that good road and rail links to Mexico City were not fully completed until the 1960s and you\’ll understand why trade with Europe influenced architectural styles and fashions so much here. One of the most beautiful mansions (the Palacio Canton) houses the Museum of Anthropology. Its contents are well worth a look, though not as comprehensive as the one in Mexico City.\”

Post – Processing Notes:
This photograph is a blend of two exposures. With my camera on a tripod, I shot one frame for the center lights – and underexposed

the rest of the image. I then shot another frame exposing for the car trails. I hand-blended them in Photoshop.

For more information about hand-blending (or multi-raw processing as Harold davis calls it), check out Harold Davis\’ Multi-Raw Processing tutorial on photo.net

You can go to my My Night Photography techniques post to read about other techniques I use. You can also download this article for your reference. Download Stacking Cheatsheet.pdf

Link to posts from Uxmal
Link to oher posts from Mexico

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: blend of two exposures
Focal Length: 19mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009

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Gothic Church, Eknakan

Gothic Church, Eknakan
Gothic Church, Eknakan, by Suprada on Flickr.
Gothic Church, Eknakan, Mexico

This beautiful church pops out of nowhere in Eknakan. It was dark by the time I shot this photograph. I am so enamoured by this church that I wanted to know more about it. Here is what I got after trawling the web for information:
From yucatan.gob.mx/estado/turismo/haciendas/eknakan/eknakan.htm:
\”It is on the road Acanceh – Cuzamá only 16 kilometers from the first.

Eknakán means \”the dark house of the snake” or \”four dark houses.” It was an important hacienda built with the intention that one day outside the village church and not only of the estate.

The church is of Gothic architecture, according to connoisseurs, classical Germany. It is considered a museum. It has many windows, some circular, where you can admire the colorful stained glass remains that allowed a surprising light.

The choir of the temple is a masonry balcony with white columns in protocols that are part of the majesty of the building.

The carved wooden altar, with ornament same as the interior columns of the temple, there are steps of granite. On one side, in a chapel, a table looks carved an image of San Francisco with hands, feet and side with the marks of crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

These images are brightly colored colonial rough and sometimes overly prominent features at the foot of San Francisco is a wooden horse is not known who could have been.

An oil painting perhaps five feet two representing the Virgen del Rosario and whose signature is hidden by a wooden frame carved with relief.

Other things that make up the so-called museum are ancient copper bells, a bowl of fine china ornate serves as a baptismal font, a closet where clothes are protected priests no longer in use and three wooden chests.\”

Too bad I did not have any time to go inside the church. A must-visit for anybody travelling in that region. There is a courtyard outside the church where a car can be parked and a picnic lunch – or in the case of photographers, a picnic dinner can be eaten.

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.7 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them. I played around with the temperature, clarity, vibrance, exposure and curves settings for this photograph.

What do you think?

Link to posts from Uxmal
Link to oher posts from Mexico

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 6s at f/3.5
Focal Length: 11mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLRs
Date: December 26, 2009
Filter: Singh-Ray Neutral LB Polarizer

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Winter Yosemite Falls at Night

Winter Yosemite Falls at Night
Winter Yosemite Falls at Night, by Suprada on Flickr.

Winter Yosemite Falls at Night, Yosemite National Park, CA.

This is a 45 minute stack of photos taken in March in Yosemite Valley. If you look carefully, you will see that the edges of the Upper Yosemite Falls are frozen. Amazing isn\’t it? This photograph was made by stacking a series on 2minute exposures, taken over 45 minutes starting at 4.00 AM. So towards the last of my shots, it was getting light in the sky. I hope to go shoot a "more frozen" version next year.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: Stack of 2min exposures at f4.5
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: March 7, 2010

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Golden Gate Bridge at Night – 1

Golden Gate Bridge at Night - 1
Golden Gate Bridge at Night – 1, by Suprada on Flickr.

Golden Gate Bridge at Night – 1, San Francisco, California.
\”A night photograph is a collection of time and light.\”

My first keeper with my new Canon 50D. The camera came on Tuesday evening and after playing with it for a bit, I was itching to take it out for some real outdoor shooting. The opportunity came when we had to go to San Francisco on Friday to attend an event. After the event, at 2.00AM, we made our way to a pull out past the Golden Gate Bridge. It had been drizzling a while back, but it was nice and clear with patches of fog rolling in and out while I was shooting this image. It is extremely magical photographing outside at night. I feel like an an outsider looking into a new world all ready to be discovered.

Currently reading / looking at Michael Kenna: A 20 Year Retrospective and getting super-inspired. Love how \”quiet” his images are. I am now contemplating on \”quiet night” images…is there such a thing?

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Exposure: 30s @ f8.0
Focal Length: 23mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens:
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Date: February 13, 2010
Location: 37.82883333,-122.48600000

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El Conte at Night

El Conte at Night
El Conte at Night, by Suprada on Flickr.

El Conte draped in Fall colors, at Night, Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee

I happened to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last October. Fortunately for me, right then, fall colors were at their peak. We drove in on a Friday to the tourist town of Gatlinburg. That night, I decided to head out and try night photography. I had recently taken a night photography workshop by Harold Davis and was very eager to try the techniques and methods out.

By the time we reached the Sugarlands visitor center, it was getting dark. The ranger there talked about Campbell Overlook, on the NewFoundland Gap Road being a good sunset spot. So I decided to head there for the night shoot. An excerpt from the \”NewFoundland Gap Road Auto Tour” booklet: \”From here you are looking toward Mt. El Conte, the third highest peak in the smokies, but Bull Head in the foreground keeps you from seeing all of El Conte\”.

The Campbell Overlook is at Mile 4 from the Park entrance at Gatlinburg. It is 3.7miles from the Sugarlands Visitor Center. There are two large parking areas on the left providing views of Sugarland Valley and Mt. El Conte. Of the two, the second pullout is named for Carlos Campbell, who wrote Birth of a National Park: Great Smoky Mountains. The book tells the story of how \”a citizen park movement in North Carolina and Tennessee made Great Smoky Mountains National Park possible\”.

This is the thing about night photography: its a lonely affair, especially for someone who likes company – the long time on spot taking the many really long exposures in the inevitable cold. Luckily for me, I had people to give me company while I was shooting.

This photograph is a combination of many exposures taken over 1 hr at the same spot. The photographs were then processed and stacked using Adobe Photoshop Extended CS4.
For more about night photography, you can read Harold Davis\’s excellent book titled Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques. Y

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: Stacked Exposure
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 24, 2009

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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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