Midflight

Midflight\

Brown Pelican in Midflight, Elkhorn Slough, Moss landing.

\”Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week.
But I\’m darned if I know how the helican.\”

Dixon Lanier Merritt
(1879-1972)

Interesting Fact – The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana. (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

On a technical note: Vikas asked \”all your recent pics are at f/5.6 . shooting in av mode\”.
For the complete series of images from Elkhorn Slough, I was shooting at aperture priority mode, wide open. The thinking was that I want to freeze motion and get the sharpest images I can. Hence lens wide open, beacuse of which I ended up sacrificing depth of field . I did this stupid thing of using evaluative metering. Next time, I\’ll go the spot metering way. Hopefully, that will help me with the highly reflective otter coats.

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/750sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 190mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 9.42 AM
Date: November 3, 2007

Flight of the Pelican

Flight of the Pelican\

Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, California

Pelicans are funny birds. One part of me thinks they are quite ugly looking, especially on land without their mating plumage. But once the take flight they are so very graceful. The mating plumage adds to their charm. Overall, I like these birds quite a bit!

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/1000sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 180mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 9.23 AM PM
Date: November 3, 2007

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Mama and Baby Otter

Mama and baby otter\

Elkhorn Slough, 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!

Among other wildlife, I got some shots of sea otters, but this particular one is very special to me. It was just amazing to see the mama sea otter floating on her back, with the baby otter on her stomach. The mama was making a deep humming sound…talking to her baby. \”Although the birth takes place ashore, the mother immediately carries the pup into the water and from then on gives it constant attention, nursing and grooming it on her chest as she swims on her back.\”

It is an amazing sight, how the mother carries her child on her chest, and when she has to roll over, she carries the by the scruff of its neck, so that its face is above water!

Technical Details:

Exposure: 1/500sec at f/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM
Time: 9.35 AM
Date: November 3, 2007

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Belly Dancing in a crowded restaurant

Belly Dancing in a crowded restaurant
Belly Dancing in a crowded restaurant, by Suprada on Flickr.

Belly Dancing in a crowded restaurant, San Francisco
This was the first time I saw a male and a female belly dancer perform. I must say it was mind blowing. The whole crowd was clapping and cheering along.
Thanks for your comments Nelcha, Prashanth, Vikas, Vid! I\’m leaving comments in reply 🙂

Technical Details
Exposure: 1/30sec at f / 1.8 (Had to use the lens wide open for indoor light. Accounts for the extremely shallow depth of field)
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 400 – (Shooting indoors)
Flash: Did fire (Couldn\’t have seen anything without Flash)
Lens: Canon 50mm f / 1.8
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Time: 9:08 PM
Date: April 7, 2007

Dancer

Dancer
Dancer, by Suprada on Flickr.

Dancer, Kan Zaman, San Francisco

Belly dancer in a restaurant in San Francisco. A packed place on Saturday night on Haight Street in SFO. I must say I like this restaurant quite a bit. They have very good food and their hot spiced wine is out of the world!

Technical Details:
Exposure: 1/40 sec at f1.8
Focal Length: 50mm
WB: auto
ISO: 800
Flash: Did fire
Lens: Canon 50mm f1.8
Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Time: 10.51 PM

Building Front

Building Front
Building Front, by Suprada on Flickr.

Building Front, Bodie, California.

Its Monday, and here is a new week of photos. I am continuing with more photos taken in the ghost town of Bodie, California. This photo here is a building facade as the morning light hits it.

Technical Details:
Exposure: 1/125 s at f / 5.6
WB: Daylight
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 44mm
Time: 6.31 am
Sunrise Time: 5.20 am

Mug Shot

Ride to Nowhere
Ride to Nowhere, by Suprada on Flickr.

Full frontal mug shot, Car, Bodie.

Today\’s photo of the day is the full frontal mug shot of the highly regarded and famous Car from Bodie. This venerable person, with his grumpy yet amusing persona refused to move from his cluttered resting place to help an amateur photographer get a solo shot. I must say I was quivering in my boots (metaphorically speaking), when taking this photo. His stare, cheeky jowls…all terrified me….

On a different note, thanks to Vikas, Nelcha, Sreekar, Prashanth, Jai who have been very supportive of my blog and left me comments.

Nelcha said for my previous post, \”Car Husk\’ : \”As with a ship…I think I would have called this a hull…\” j \”And don’t forget to mention that this was a Gold Town of 10,000 people.More than SF at the same time…. \”
I must say I am nautically challenged. In retrospect, hull does sound good. Yeah, It is amazing that Bodie had so many more people than San Francisco…Which in turn makes me wonder, what will SFO be like if and when it becomes a ghost city?

Vikas said for the same post: \”Another good think I like here but cant understand is the shading of the sky .. its dark on both sides .. post-processing vignetting?\”” but wonder if the grass is a bit on the blown-out side of the border?\”” Hope you also tried the black matte\”
I think the vignetting is due to the Hoya R72 on a wide angle. On the internet, I have seen some cases of people finding this. I did not use any other filter except the IR filter. But I must confess, I do like the vignetting effect, and it does serve to keep the eye in. About the grass blowing out, I must confess that has happened in a number of areas. I had to make an aesthetic judgment as to whether blow out the grass or darken the whole foliage…I should go try partial burning…I also did try the black matte. It looks good on single photographs on a white background, but the matte gets lost on the dark background of this site…hence I decided to stick to the white matte.

Technical Details:
Exposure: 15.0 sec at f / 4.5
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 100
WB: daylight
Time: 9.52 am
Sunrise Time: 5.20 am
Lens: Sigma 18.0 to 125.,00 m
Filter: Hoya R72 Infrared filter

IR Ghost Car

IR Ghost Car
IR Ghost Car, by Suprada on Flickr.

Husk of a car in Bodie, CA. In IR.

My version of the ubiquitous car seen in the ghost town of Bodie, CA. This does seem like a car with a lot of character. Its probably the curves. This photo was taken using a Hoya infrared filter, one of my first tries. I must confess, I absolutely love the way infrared black and white photos look. Real and surreal at the same time.

More about my trip to Bodie in subsequent posts.

Technical details:
Exposure: 15s at f/4.5
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 100
WB: Daylight
Lens: Sigma 18.0 to 125.0 mm
Filter: Hoya R72 IR filter

Wassup?

Marmot
Marmot, by Suprada on Flickr.

Belding squirrel, Yosemite NP. Marmot, Yosemite NP.

This was a most unexpected viewing of a creature which looks like a squirrel but stands up on two legs! I had read in books that this guy lives in the high sierra. During the time we were there, this guy kept popping up and down the rocks, munching on something (hopefully not human food) and entertaining us.

Interesting fact: Belding squirrels are found in meadows and pastures in California, Nevada, Oregon and Idaho. They are known for their longest hibernation periods of any North American mammal, usually lasting seven to eight months!

Exposure: 1/125 sec at f / 6.7
Focal Length: 200mm
ISO: 100
WB: daylight

Update: Thanks to Nelcha for bringing it to my notice that this is actually a marmot, and not a belding squirrel. Thanks Nelcha!

Lambani Woman

Lambani Woman
Lambani Woman, by Suprada on Flickr.

Lambani woman, December 2006, Hampi, India.

During December of 2006, during my trip to India, I visited Hampi, the ruins of the Vijaynagar empire. Hampi is quite the tourist destination for foreigners. In the main market place, one can generally find a number of hawkers trying to sell their wares. One of them happened to be this Lambani woman. The first evening we met her, we ended up buying some trinkets and told her that we would come back the next day for more. This photo was taken on the second day when we bought quite a lot of stuff after bargaining for a while.

One can see the Lamabani tribe spread over Karnataka. More from Wikipedia : “The Lambani women embroider bright rainbow-coloured fabrics covered with a mosaic of patchwork mirrors. Their work is sought after by collectors for its vibrancy of pattern and colour, and for the unusual technique of sewing hundreds of small mirrors into the compositions. Each piece depicts an aspect of the Lambani creation myths.

The Lambani women are great travellers, they can be found in groups throughout the central and southern parts of India selling their cloth at markets and on beaches. Their work contributes considerably to the income of their families.

The Lambani women commonly wear large, silver earrings laden with bells called lolia and a large silver torque around the neck to which two large silver pyramid forms are attached. There are said to represent bee hives, as the Lambani were once known as a bee-keeping caste when they lived in the southern jungles.”

Technical Info:

Exposure: 1/320 sec at f/11
Focal Length: 87mm
ISO: 100
WB: auto