Category: Nature 'n Landscapes
Some landscapes during a Kudremukh trek:
Another attempt to catch birds in flight. Still not really successful. After this I was going through Canon's Predictive AF algorithm which talks about how AI Auto Focus and AI Servo modes work in the Canon camera. Looks like the camera can do a decent job of capturing flying birds in continuous shooting mode with AI servo AF. Armed with this new information, I shall try again and would surely share the results!
Yet another effort to capture the ghost trails ... this time in inner ring road, Bengaluru:
Atleast this time I realized that, rather than using a very low 'f' value like f/32 to ensure better focus, it may be better to use something like f/6.3 and get clean red lines in a shorter time (about 10seconds). When the exposure was abt 2minutes, as I did last time, the trails get smudged and dirty. This time, with a lower exposure time, it was cleaner and clearer thick lines. Guess ... I need more experiments .. sigh!!!
I have had a pic before, trying to do the same. I guess, a stronger light (full headlight minus high beam), less bumpy road and a better camera/lens, had made the beam kinda straight. I used f/8 for this pic, about 12-13 seconds to expose the Versa staying still and a total of 18 seconds, including the motion capture. Earlier, I had tried f/6.3 and the beam looked a bit too strong.
I had attempted to take the ghost trails of vehicles numerous times ... and has not got it to my satisfaction till date.
Here is the results of one more experiment ... this time from the top of Airport Road flyover, Bengaluru. The first pic is the view towards the Airport from the top of the flyover with a 30 second exposure @ f/32. There was a lamp post, coming right in the middle of the pic and spoiling it ... so I had to crop it :-(
The second one is from the ramp while coming from inner ring road and looking towards Indiranagar. f/32 again with a 154 seconds exposure. What I liked in this pic is the light coming from the lamp post with that elongated spokes looking like stars. The ghost trails itself is a little over exposed and could have been better off from somewhere a little higher and away from those high beams. I did try to cover up the lens whenever a high beam shows up in the horizon but there were too many of them to effectively do this!
Here are two more pics taken @ Honey Valley, near Thadiyandamol:
These pictures are essentially straight forward. Keep both the subjects as close as possible to the camera, leave a bit of distance between the two subjects so that one of them will be out of focus and the other one in focus, open the lens as much as possible, focus on one of the subjects and click. Thats all!
The difference in focus between the two subjects increases almost exponentially with their relative distances from the camera.
Earlier, I've hardly used any ISO value other than the minimal one offered by the camera. In S2IS, it was ISO-50 and with EOS 400D it is ISO-100. Infact, I felt that EOS 400D should also have had an ISO-50. If not for higher clarity, it should have helped me to get longer exposures / wider shutter in some cases.
Well ... I did try out the higher ISO settings in EOS400D and the results were more than satisfactory. Even at ISO-1600, during indoor low light conditions, the camera gave me decent pictures, like the one here. Ofcourse, when u zoom into the picture on ur monitor, one can make out the unwanted grains. But, how does it matter when all u plan to do is resize the picture (to say 900 x 600) and send it over to friends by email? Higher ISO in some conditions make some on-existent photography conditions possible, like say, taking people's picture, inside the house, after 6. Especially, if u r the kind who doesnt like to use the popup flash, bumping up the ISO settings is not really a bad idea.
These pics are taken when Adarsh and I decided on a weekend evening to take a look at the Halasuru (Ulsoor) Lake. The first pic comes from near the Park, looking at the street light reflections (f/8 and 30second exposure) and the second one is the reflection of the Philips building onto the lake (f/4, 3.2seconds).