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Friday, 17 July 2009
Marigold Fields
Category: Nature 'n Landscapes

After (what felt like) a very long time, I did some kind of travel. Driving upto Kozhikode with my parents and back to Bangalore, alone. Heavy rains greeted us throughout the journey. How I love the way it rains in Kerala :)

We also got some time without rain while passing along Gundulpet and the place was so beautiful with Marigolds and Sunflowers in full bloom. I've tried shooting Marigold and Sunflower fields innumerable times and have always ended up disappointed. This time also, after taking so many shots, I was not sure if I should post them. But, finally I am posting a few of what I liked most:

This shot is with my recently acquired Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom lens. Hand-held @ 19mm and A-DEP / automatic DOF) mode. The camera selected f/11 and 1/125s at ISO-100.

Obviously, I've still not figured out how to shoot landscape, especially with a wide angle lens :( Hence, just to be sure I got some shots with the tele photo as well (Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens). I was trying to get the fence as well as some flowers in focus but that required a very narrow aperture, which the available light and the long focal length did not permit. Finally, I used Av mode for this shot with the car window as the support (guess, this works well ... atleast as good as a monopod). At f/8 and ISO-400, I got an exposure time of 1/125s and the pic was sharp enough, in spite of the long focal length.

Guess I have a long way to go before getting satisfactory landscape shots!

Update: Yet another picture, this time of a dreamy little house right in the middle of the fields with Marigolds in full bloom.

This is yet another shot with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto, hand-held in Av mode. I used f/8 and ISO-800 for a 1/400s exposure.

Posted by usandeep at 7:32 PM
Updated: Monday, 20 July 2009 1:04 PM
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Friday, 17 July 2009 - 11:17 PM

Name: "Mridula"
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The first picture is quite eye catching because of the tilt!

Saturday, 18 July 2009 - 2:46 PM

Name: "Ash"
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Wow! These are lovely. I particularly loved the first one....brilliant angle/perspective!

Saturday, 18 July 2009 - 2:50 PM

Name: "Cuckoo"
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Wow ! I remember you saying never been able to shoot marigolds after seeing my picture on the same.

Thanks for these lovely shots. I have never seen Marigold fields. All the 3 pictures are good in their own way.

Your effort for clicking the 2nd one is seen here. Result is quite good.

Monday, 20 July 2009 - 12:05 PM

Name: "Deepa "
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This is a spectacular view... I wish I come across such a place sometime :) Good shots !

Monday, 20 July 2009 - 12:37 PM

Name: "Sandeep R"
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Loved the last image. Nice work!

Monday, 20 July 2009 - 6:09 PM

Name: "Aarathi"
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Wonderful Capture of the Marigold fields !!

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 - 9:33 AM

Name: "Rajesh "
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Beautiful snaps. I loved the second one most. The blur effect above the fense and below it clear shot has come very nice. The demarkation is very nice.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 - 6:03 PM

Name: "Thomas"
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Stunning bed of flowers, cool colors and the first shot is my favorite.  Love that camera angle

Thursday, 23 July 2009 - 12:44 PM

Name: "Bhavesh Chhatbar"
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A very beautiful set of photographs with the last one being the best. The house looks so nice with those glowy flowers!

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Friday, 24 July 2009 - 1:25 AM

Name: "joshi daniel"
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the first image is excellent!

Friday, 31 July 2009 - 8:31 PM

Name: "usha"
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 how far is this place from blr?

Saturday, 1 August 2009 - 11:22 AM

Name: "Rahul"
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First image is interesting, but 3rd one totaly rock, its a perfect poster pic

Tuesday, 4 August 2009 - 10:09 PM

Name: "Dinesh"
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Lovely colors, nicely captured!

Thursday, 13 August 2009 - 9:01 PM

Name: "mohkum"
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These images look very attractive, the middle one is really beautiful with its satuarated colour!

Monday, 5 October 2009 - 10:09 PM

Name: "sandeep"
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Mridula: The tilt was out of necessity :) That was the only way I cud avoid some uninteresting portions in the frame

Ash: Thnx a bunch

Cuckoo: Thnx and yes, I'd been trying this with another yellow marigold field near Mandya, but never got a good shot. But, thinking again, these photos are not better than those :) And its gr8 to see that there are some positive comments here. This shud be a big encouragement for my efforts in taking landscape pictures :)

Deepa: Yes it is ... actually the pics are not good enuf compared to the view :( Take a drive to Wayanad via Gundulpet during July-August. You shud be able to see them too :) Welcome here at my photo blog.

Sandeep R: Thnx buddy

Aarathi: Thnx Aarathi

Rajesh: Thnx Rajesh

Thomas: Thnx. I guess more people have liked the 1st one and I was a li'l sceptic abt it

Bhavesh: Thnx and welcome here Bhavesh. More than the pic I luved that house :) Isnt it wonderful to get up amidst vast ranges of golden flowers!

Joshi: Thnx Joshi

Usha: Gundulpet is abt 200kms from Bangalore and 60kms from Mysore. The place where I took these shots are abt 10kms from Gundulpet towards Kozhikode / Wayanad

Rahul: Thnx Rahul

Dinesh: Thnx Dinesh

Mohkum: Thnx a lot buddy

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