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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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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Puffing Billy… What a pleasure riding this relic of an era gone by

Puffing Billy... What a pleasure riding this relic of an era gone by

What a trip to Australia we had… AWESOME fun :). Just got up from editing the snaps from the trip. This post is specifically about the fun filled amazing day trip we did on board the Puffing Billy Its a bit pricy, but for all day fun i think its ok to splurge once in a while now 😉 The opening shot is an accidental double exposure. In the rush to click i had accidentally flipped the switch on my mamiya 645. Nonetheless, i guess it did turn out interesting… Luck by chance 😉

Here are a few more from the trip… I tried to create a nostalgic look in the pics… cus it sure did remind my childhood riding in steam engine pulled trains back home (India) in the early 80’s(1980’s i.e 😛 i am old… not THAT old).
puffing billy black and white shot nostalgia melbourne

Another one, my wife tryin to relax once our kid went to sleep.. He was super excited and then i guess ran out of sugar… luckily she got some cooling off time too 🙂
wife relaxing in puffing billy melbourne

Coaches resting after takin us all the way up.. i guess they need some rest too 😉
spare coaches of puffing billy the steam train melbourne

The pickup… Our ride back
puffing billy in light flare captured on medium format film melbourne

Thats how you know it was worth it… That look :).
I hope we created some good memories that day 🙂
my kid enjoyinh his rinde on the puffing billy, steam train melbourne

Green means go…. Thats it folks…
black and white photo of puffing billy pulling out of the station, steam train melbourne

Stay tuned for more… i’ll post more from the Australia trip…

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For more snaps from the trip go here

SFO in film…

SFO in film... Street car waiting for passengers in San Francisco

Just out of sheer excitement i took my family on a day trip to SFO (San Francisco) to try out the film camera. I did tag along my small Pentax Q as a light meter :), but didnt need to use it. The metering on the otherwise fully manual Mamiya 645 seems to work just fine 😀

Here are a few more from the trip:

In the tram:
view from inside a tram in San Francisco captured on medium format film

Walkin by the sea:
San francisco in film, walking along the coast

Here’s one in color :
San francisco in film, color photo of my wife and kid
It was the last exposure on the color film in my camera. I (on a hunch) put in the B/W film to get street shots from SFO. I think i like the shots i got form the trip in B/W… the images seem to lend themselves to monochrome much more than they would have to color.

Here’s another one in color I captured biking around the Bay trail in Mountain view.
bay trail mountain view ca in film

This time i scanned the negatives at 3200 DPI (on my Epson V600) and imported the files at 48DPI as tiff files. Each negative scans in at a cool 32MP… Beats the pants off my NEX7 or 6d in terms of both sharpness and resolution… This is indeed going to be fun 😀

Have fun..

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Heres a link to the rest of my film gallery…

My first film photographs :)

My first film photographs Sunrise over Golden gate bridge with San Francisco in the backdrop

A week or so back I was lucky enough to chance upon a used Mamiya 645 film camera. It came with a std 80mm f2.8 , the tele 150mm lens, metered prism, 120 back and a grip. Its a beast compared to all my other cameras, but I just loved it… What a beautiful piece of machinery 😀
For my first few reels I got a b/w negative Kodak 400 ISO and a color negative Kodak 100 ISO film.
Just got back my first sets of color and monochrome film developed… I was eagerly awaiting to see if I had completely blown the first few roles…
The results were not all bad, they were not all good either 😉 I had managed to squeeze out some winners the first time around 😀

Having said that, I had tons of shots with missed focus (I am still getting used to the focusing mechanism, though its much easier to manually focus than my digital cameras, but I guess I need a lot of practice before I can focus fast in dynamic conditions .)

Overall I am really satisfied with the results the film gave me, its got micro contrast and tonality nailed right out of the bat…

Here’s another one from the color film… Both this and the one up top are taken at the Golden gate national recreational area near SFO…
Golden gate national recreational area captured in medium format film

The following two snaps are from the monochrome ISO 400 film… Again the results are just plain awesome…I can foresee a long love affair with film 😀
playing on the swing in monochrome medium format film

cafe pro bono palo alto downtown captured in monochrome medium format film

As a disclaimer, I would like to mention that I have post processed the images once they were scanned into the comp… but the results from the film cut my work in about half, because of the already awesome tones and local contrast from the film 😀

On the topic of scanning, I purchased the Epson v600 scanner to scan my film (getting the developing outlets scan is kind of an expensive proposition, even more so for the higher resolution scans I did.). I would break even on that guy just in under 10 rolls… Its a good scanner, but not a pro.. I had to color balance a lot of the color pictures scanned in from it and both the b/w and color scans needed quiet a lot of sharpening to be useful… Its still a pretty good scanner for the price. The accompanying software is ok and functional, but please do not turn on Digital ICE… it just craps all over the pics. The first roll I scanned was the monochrome, and the pics had weird artifacts in them with digital ICE. I turned it off at that pint and did not try it with the color film.

In the coming days I intend to shoot more and hope to learn to develop the b/w film at home… So stay tuned… This seems to be a fun journey 😀

I recently came across this blog… what an amazing artist. I hope some day i can come up with stuff that is half as good :D. Seeing images like the ones on the blog, my decision to step back into film seems a step in the right direction 😉

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