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Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Fruit Cart @ Ganga Nagar
Category: Lights 'n Shadows

This is the only photo session I had for almost a week now. So, I am putting it here, in spite of the results not being very encouraging.

In the second pic, the light effect is caused by a two wheeler coming down from the road, right in time! I also added Sepia effect to that pic. For completion sake, the 1st pic is @ f/4.5 and 1/2 s and the 2nd one is @ f/32 and 4.5 seconds.


Posted by usandeep at 7:20 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 1:05 PM
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Friday, 9 November 2007
Pics from Hogenakkal ....
Category: Nature 'n Landscapes

I had a tough time getting decent pics @ Hogenakkal. Coz the sun was too bright there, making most of the things, most importanly the flowing water, too bright to photograph.

For example, the first pic of the canyon is taken @ f/22, the minimum 'f' I could've had @ 18mm, with my 18-55 lens. Even at this 'f', the time I could use was around 1/50 seconds, not allowing me to do any experiments with the shutter speed. I would have loved to try out something of the order of 1s. Just, wished I had a few ND filters with me! I am soon going to acquire a couple of 3-stop ND filters ... btw! Hope to come back to Hogenakkal after getting them :-)

The second pic is taken on the way back @ f/8 and 1/100s, when I got a little shade and still waters ... where I could get some reflections.

Third pic is taken on the way back to Bengaluru near a place Palacode. Liked the variety of colors due to the greenery, soil and the clear bright sky. Here, the available brightness allowed me to go to f/16 (@ 1/50), allowing me to get the whole frame in focus and take the pic handheld.


Posted by usandeep at 3:27 PM
Updated: Thursday, 27 December 2007 11:38 PM
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Thursday, 8 November 2007
Diwali night @ Brigade Road, Bengaluru
Category: Lights 'n Shadows

These pictures are the usual ... with tripod, long exposure ... thin shutter pics, first one is f/22 and 20 seconds, with ISO 100. Third one is very similar, with 10 second exposure.

 


For the 2nd pic, I wanted to capture the movement of people ateast vaguely and at the same time, keep the DOF long enough to cover the whole scene, as well as make the lights look like stars. Finally, had to resort to ISO 400, since that was the only way I cud've taken an f/22 and 1.3 seconds.


Posted by usandeep at 6:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 1:13 PM
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Scenes from Bengaluru ...
Category: The Abstracts

... on a Diwali day. All these pics are from MG Road, Bridage Road area:


Posted by usandeep at 5:04 PM
Updated: Thursday, 27 December 2007 11:34 PM
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Sunday, 4 November 2007
Long Exposure for Streams
Category: Nature 'n Landscapes

Usually while taking water streams/falls camera would let you freeze the action, by using the widest shutter and the shortest exposure (something to the tune of f/2.5 and 1/125s). Just try a little longer exposure and that'll give a much smoother / nicer pic. I saw this initially in Dan Heller's site (danheller.com) and tried it for couple of pics. Was initially trying to use exposure times of about 2-4 seconds, but soon realized something like 1/8 seconds is more than enough. In most practical cases, this is all that is possible with the thinnest shutter width (f/32 in my camera / lens).

In the first pic of the stream, taken near Mullodi village @ the foot hills of Kudremukh, the settings used is f/32 and 1/8 sec, to give a smooth / continuous effect to the stream. The small 'f' value also ensures that the whole frame is easily focused.

The comparison picture just shows the difference of using longer exposures. Left side uses f/2.5 and 1/125, while the right side uses f/16 and 1/3 seconds. Btw ... the higher exposure pic may get blurry without a tripod or atleast a support!


Posted by usandeep at 12:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 1:15 PM
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Saturday, 3 November 2007
Scenes from Kudremukh
Category: Nature 'n Landscapes

Some landscapes during a Kudremukh trek:


Posted by usandeep at 12:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 1:16 PM
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Macros from Kudremukh
Category: Macro World

Couple of macro pics during a trek to the Kudremukh peak:


Posted by usandeep at 12:13 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 1:17 PM
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Thursday, 1 November 2007
Birds in Flight
Category: Birds 'n Animals

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!


Posted by usandeep at 3:18 PM
Updated: Wednesday, 26 December 2007 11:55 PM
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Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Night Photography Revisited ...
Category: Lights 'n Shadows

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.


Posted by usandeep at 9:49 PM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 1:19 PM
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Sunday, 28 October 2007
Cutie @ Cubbon Park!
Category: Birds 'n Animals

A cute dog found in Cubbon Park, Bengaluru:


Posted by usandeep at 7:25 AM
Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007 1:37 PM
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