Self Portrait – 2

Self Portrait - 2

Self portrait – 2, Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont, CA

What\’s this? Yet another self-portrait? 2013 is after all the year of the \’Selfie\’. And I am now shamelessly copying Vivian Maier\’s self portraits. Many many more of these to come. Be warned.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/320s at f/9
Focal Length: 17mm (35mm conversion – 34mm)
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8
ISO: 200
Date: Dec 7, 2013

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Reading on the Plane

Reading on the Plane

Note: This seems so appropriate to post right now, sitting at the Frankfurt airport. Who knew I would be back travelling again – and taking photos at airports and planes. I don\’t even know if I should be sleeping or staying awake – messed up by time zones. This is only going to get worse over the next couple of weeks…sigh!

Reading on a airplane to somewhere…
About Photograph:

During my vacation in December 2011, I was on a lot of planes, travelling a lot on my vacation. At some point on this plane ride, I woke up and it was dark. However, there was this lady some seats to the left who was reading, and the lamp light was falling so beautifully on her shining hair. I had to take a photo using the extremely amazingly lovely Konica Hexanon 50mm F1.7 (did I tell you that I love that lens? almost more than my Canon 10-22mm EF-S?)

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/25s at f1.7 9manual aperture, manual focus)
Focal Length: 42mm
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 200

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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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Serene Cat

Wild Berries
Serene Cat, by Suprada on Flickr.

Gogol Chilling.
Here is a free pdf of more Gogol black and white photos.
Here are photos of Gogol on Flickr

Post – Processing Notes:
I shot this image in RAW mode and used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 for my post-processing. After importing the photos into Lightroom and keywording them. I used the following presets for this photograph apart from the lightroom basic tools panel Soft Highlights by Joop Snijder and BW1 .

Here is the sample image and download link at Joop\’s blog. This

lightroom preset is highly recommended – one of the staples in my workflow. I love to use the 640 pixels Black and White presets as a strating point in all my Black and White photos as well.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon G9
Exposure: 1/160s at f/4.0
Focal Length: 10.7mm
ISO: 80
WB: Daylight
Date: April 17, 2010
Processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

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Longtail Boatman

Longtail Boatman
Longtail Boatman, by Suprada on Flickr.

Longtail Boatman, Thailand.

On a choppy Saturday afternoon, we took a boat from AoNang back to Railay West. We got onto the longtail boat and set off, against the direction of the wind and the waves. The boatman had to work really hard steering the boat. Looking, I had to take this photo, to try to show the hard work the sinewy boatman had to put that day to get us back to our hotel, against the forces of nature.

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Powershot G9
Exposure: f/2.8 at 1/1600s
ISO: 80
Flash: Off
WB: Daylight

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Sea Lions – 1

Sea Lions - 1s

Big Hombre snoozing with the smaller ones.
Sea Lions at Elkhorn Slough in the Monterey Bay, California.

Elkhorn slough, about 10 miles north of Monterey is an amazing place for wildlife. Over the weekend, I was on a boat tour run by Captain Yohn. A bunch of photographer buddies from the FM_NorCal group had booked two tours on the pontoon boat, each of us paying for 2 seats – one for us, one for our equipment.

This was my second time at Elkhorn. From last time, I was pleased to obtain a few images of pelicans and other birds. The goal this time was to concentrate on Sea Otters. But it was not to be…I indeed got a few nice pictures of sea otters, which I have posted a couple of times before, and more of which are coming. But the star of this trip, for me were the sea lions. This here, is a photo of the big guy snoozing in a very cool pose..Note the big huge neck.

Technical Details:
Exposure: 1/750sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 260mm
ISO: 400
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 8.56 AM
Date: May 10, 2008

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Wild turkey

Wild Turkey\

Wild Turkey, Zion National Park, Utah.

From Wikipedia: \”Turkeys are surprisingly agile fliers and very cunning, unlike their domestic counterparts. In flight they can reach a speed of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). They usually fly close to the ground for no more than a quarter mile (400 m). Turkeys have many vocalizations: \”gobbles,” \”clucks,” \”putts,” \”purrs,” \”yelps,” \”cutts,” \”cackles,” and \”kee-kees.” In early spring, male turkeys, also called gobblers or toms, gobble to announce their presence to females and competing males. The gobble can carry for up to a mile. Males also emit a low-pitched drumming sound. Hens \”yelp” to let gobblers know their location. Gobblers often yelp in the manner of females, and hens can gobble, though they rarely do so. Immature males, called jakes, yelp often.\”

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/180sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 12.09 PM
Date: December 14, 2007

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Long-billed Curlew

Long-Billed Curlew\

Long-Billed Curlew, Elkhorn Slough.

The long-billed Curlew\’s most interesting feature is, unsurprisingly, its long, downward curving bill. This migratory bird can be found on the seashore in winter, and during the breeding season, in fields and prairies.

Interesting fact about these curlews: \”Both the male and female Long-billed Curlew incubate the eggs, and both are aggressive in defense of nests and young. The female typically abandons the brood two to three weeks after hatching and leaves brood care to her mate. Despite this abandonment the same male and female often pair with each other again the next year.” Source: Cornell Site

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/1000sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 3.29 PM
Date: November 3, 2007

Lone Cormorant

Lone Cormorant\

A Brandt\’s Cormorant in Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California.

During the Elkhorn Slough Safari on the pontoon boat, the number or cormorants we saw were amazing. There were easily a couple of hundred cormorants.

Moss Landing, about 10 miles North of Monterey is one of the few commercial fishing harbors left in California. Here, you can watch big and small fishing boats go out to sea and later come back with their fresh catch on any day. This area is has tidal sloughs and freshwater ponds adjacent to each other. No wonder then, that this area is just so fantastic for birding that it has been recognized as and IBA (Important Bird Area) of international significance. This area is a principal staging and feeding area for migratory shorebirds.

Elkhorn Slough is located right in the center of the curve of Monterey Bay and drains directly into the Pacific Ocean through the Moss Landing harbor channel. This channel was created by man, and rivers had to be diverted, one of them being the Salinas River ran north from its present mouth to its old original mouth north of today\’s Moss Landing. Today\’s Moss Landing harbor and various sloughs around here, to the south are a part of this old river bed.

So thats some information to ruminate over the weekend. I will be back next week with more birds, this time shorebirds. And hopefully, some lighthouse photos. Have a great weekend!

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/1000sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 8.33 AM
Date: November 3, 2007