A lovely summer in the ever so beautiful New England…. Part 1 The lighthouses.

This summer (summer of 2014) I was lucky enough to be provided with an opportunity to visit the east coast of the US for work. The assignment was a 4 month task and i was located near Boston (a small but lovely town called Acton) in Ma. Long before i ended up on the east cost, i had started to read up on where all can one go whence there… the list seems to be endless… but i still had to come up with a shortlist of places. So the first thiong i did was to look up where the various lighthouses are at 😀 . I am obsessed with lighthouses for some reason.. dunno why… but i just love em 🙂

So here is a collection of the various lighthouses i got to see…

Goat island light, Newport, Rhode Island
Goat island light, Newport RI

Beavertail light, Jamestown, Rhode Island
Beavertail light, Jamestown, RI

Bar harbour light, Bar harbour, Maine
Lighthouse, Bass Harbor

Highland Light, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Gathering storms...

Pemaquid Point Light, Maine
Pemaquid point light

Bass harbour light, Bass harbour, Maine
Bass harbour light...

Two lights lighthouse, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
The two light light house, cape elizabeth Maine

This is in  no way a complete list of the awsome lighthouses i could have gone and seen… but i just had the weekends and most not much of extra time…  so this is pretty much it:(

New England is indeed a great place to spend the summers at… I would have loved to be able to go back in the fall.. hopefully someday that opportunity will present itself.

Anyhow, Stay tuned for more from the trip…

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Pary

PS : For more pics from the trip click here.

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Long exposures on film…

First off wishing you all a very happy n prosperous new year… 😀 Wish you all the very best!!!

So results of my first long exposures on film came through… and I loved them:) I was excited to see how tey turned out.. cus unlike digital… the results have a long round time 🙂
sydney harbor bridge opera house Long exposures on film...
this one is from Sydney harbor… Again this shot is with the camera resting precariously on the edge of a concrete block… cus i thought i had forgotten my tripod’s mounting bracket (story in this post 😀 ) Post scanning the shots two were ruined cus of movement, one i knew about when i shot it, the other was disappointing… cus it was to be part of a two shot panorama (hence the bridge being clipped in this shot).. anyways.. thats life… you win some lose some 😉

This shot is at Clear Lake, CA (where i got my first shots of milky way)
Clear lake star trail long exposure photo on film
Again the shot turned out to be nice 🙂
Loved the result. I had another one, though not as interesting as this one but still quiet nice. Check it out 🙂

Conclusion… film is still a great medium… Oh n forgot to mention.. these are on medium format film… For now film is still economical (relatively) when one thinks of the medium format world. The resolution/DOF is just amazing and add the gorgeous look of film to the mix n its a winner 😉

Have fun… will be wording a post about my trip to Tasmania soon…
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Travelling…

long exposure star trail photo emerald bay lake tahoe
Again.. one of my favorite place to shoot.. and guess what.. i managed to capture travel in 4 mediums 🙂
On Earth, in water, in the air and through space…

We are not still…
long exposure star trail photo emerald bay lake tahoe take 2
I am not sure if we are alone or not.. but we are definitely not still 😉

Wanted to capture the milky way… but the clouds kinda got in the way.. so i improvised… n got these beautiful trails instead.. n guess what i got trails on the land, in water in the sky and in space 🙂

Another one with the stars n not so much movement…

Thanks for the views…

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The Sydney travels…

The Sydney harbor bridge from train station...
Promised long ago.. fulfilled now 🙂 Here are the pics form the Sydney trip we took in Jul ’13. Sydney harbor is indeed a beautiful place, both at night and in the day. Plentiful sunshine made the day even better… and that was in the peak of winters 😀
the snap above is a view of the harbor from the train station.

Up next is a panoramic view of the two icons of Sydney.. Opera house and the Sydney harbor bridge.
sydney harbor bridge opera house panoromic long exposure night shot
This photo has an interesting story and an anecdote 🙂
I had packed my light weight tripod for the trip.. after-all i had to get beautiful shots of the Sydney harbor at night… how could i miss those 😉
So we get to the park and i take out my tripod… set it up n all.. Next thing i try to mount my camera on it… and guess what.. the bracket on the camera is for my usual tripod… 😥
Well, i had to get those shots one way or another… so i found this lil wall at the waters edge.. its ends were tapered n not flat.. after a lot of camera acrobats i finally manage to get my camera stable and get a couple of shots needed for the panoramas n other shots. Its a success, gods must be happy on me 🙂
Come back home and realize the mounting bracket for the travel tripod is right in the top pocket of my bag… and so the story goes.
Now the anecote.. whatever happens.. happens for the greater good.. well is did here.. for me 😉 Had i had the tripod, i would have set it up somewhere safely on the walkway instead of dangling my camera right at the waters edge (that too on a tapered wall 😉 )… but i would have walked away with pretty std shots.. instead of these, which i somehow think came better.

Hut on the bridge…
ut on the bridge darling harbor sydney
This one came out quiet nice (according to yours truly 😀 )… Initially i had dismissed the shot to be too touristy n well.. std. But then in a creative bout of boredom lo and behold…

The three sisters…
the three sisters, blue mountains, sydney
Wonder where their heads are though 😉
Blue mountains national park.. a beautiful day trip (n probably tons more) close to Sydney. It has a lot more to offer than we could afford on a day trip though.
(Note to self… go back for more)

St Kilda Beach…
walkway st kilda beach melbourne
before you go “Wait..What.. how the… this aint Sydney.. you moron!!!”
I know 😛 but i just got a nice shot that i wanted to show off.. This is St Kilda beach in Melbourne. Really beautiful place to walk, dine n just about spend a nice evening at.

Thats all folks… Hope you had fun 🙂

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For more from the trip click here…

Breaking the silence…

lake tahoe sunrise at emerald bay

Been a long time since my last post… Life gets to you some times 😉 Not in a bad way though… just kept me on my toes for the last few months. One thing I did not stop doing though… going places and taking pics 😀
Lake Tahoe is an easy choice when ones pressed for time… always beautiful.. no matter what the weather:) and pretty close to the bay area 🙂
The pic above with the fiery skies is from my latest trip. Early bird really caught itself something phenomenal this time around 🙂

lake tahoe emerald bay trek
Heres another one from the trip… Had to trek a lil bit for this one… I just love how you can walk a few mins to be transported someplace totally new 🙂

Onto some older ones now…
This is one from the last trip in the winters… This ones is at Sand Harbor… another location which is perennially beautiful 🙂 You cant go wrong here be it day or night sumers or winters 🙂
black and white picture from sand harbor of a trees reflection on the lake tahoe

Another one from Sand Harbor at a mesmerizing sunset…
winter sunset over lake tahoe from san harbor

Hope you enjoyed these pics.. for more check out the complete gallery here.

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Pary

Keep checking back.. i’ll be posting stuff from my more recent trips too 😀

My first midwest trip… Lake Erie n Niagara :)

long exposure niagra falls all lit up

Recently I was lucky enough to visit Toledo, OH (well technically i was in Sylvania… but I’ll call it the Toledo Trip 😛 ). It is a beautiful place… especially for me.. coming form the Bay area… open spaces n large houses are a treat to see 😀

From Lake Erie to Niagra falls… the trip was something i would reminisce about for some time to come :). The shot above is from Niagara (yeah right… like no one knows that one already) all lit up… Boy is that ai site to behold. I am pretty sure that the view from the Canadian side is even more mesmerizing, hope i had a Canadian visa 😦

sunset over lake erie
A lovely sunset at Lake Erie…

We were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time… Beautiful.
Lake Erie is a huge lake, and come to think of it, its on the smaller side when compared to the rest of the great lakes.

toronto in the distance from niagra falls
Toronto in the distance…

Well, the tower at the far side is in Toronto…Wandering the streets of Niagara in the evening… this was indeed a beautiful site. Its a nice place that has its own charm even if you take away the Falls..

streets of niagra falls in the evening
Street light..

A beautiful street light in Niagara… a beautiful eventful evening.

Thanks for stopin by..
Enjoy

Pary

PS : For rest for the images click here

My first successful milky way shot :)

My first successful milky way shot over clear lake, ca:)

A couple of weeks back I just drove out to Clear lake, CA on a weekend… out of the sheer urge to get out… u know… get out of the city… to some place that is quiet.
Clear lake, CA is one such destination, its a nice big lake about 90 miles north of SFO… an look what I got… my first milky way shot. 😀

Another one from the same trip…
first successful milky way shot over clear lake, ca

Hope you guys enjoyed the post…

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