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).
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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 🙂
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Coaches resting after takin us all the way up.. i guess they need some rest too 😉
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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

If you cant go far… checkout someplace closeby :)

If you cant go far... explore some place closeby :)

Well, one day I got really bored… I mean really bored sittin home and was itching to photograph something. Having exhausted the various options in my front yard and having no idea where to go next:(. I opened up my favorite map site and started lookin around 🙂 Wallah this popped up… Calero county reservoir park.

It was fairly close by, so what the heck… packed some lenses, grabbed my camera and drove off…
Boy was I glad to have found the place :D… I have been back almost 5 or 6 time since. Its a great place to get sunsets, after noon shots or whatever. The landscape is really nice, not extraordinary… but interesting enough. The pic up top is from the most recent outing.

Here’s one I got some time back (my first time out with my nex7)… Got there just in time to get an awesome sunset…
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There are some very interesting landscape shots to be had here… interesting one tree hills, a nice pond with some nice backdrops. The following one is an interesting one tree hill snap I managed to snag:
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Here’s another beautiful panoramic snap…

So… the next time your feelin the itch to go somewhere but don’t know where.. just do some nosin around in the maps or just drive around on those back country roads… Who knows where you might hit your Calero park 😉

Happy shootin…
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My Oil paintings :)

My Oil paintings :)

Well, not really… I recently upgraded the display card on my comp (supports DX11) and lo and behold… The mystical oil painting filter got enabled in Photoshop (CS6). At first I was a little skeptical using this… but it grew on me. Not all pictures take well to this filter, but once you get the hang of it… the processed images take on a totally new persona.

the filter is especially good at handling areas that are either blown out or under exposed… noise is not an issue :). Bring out those noisy, not so well exposed pics and try to blow new life into them. Monochrome/Black n white pics don’t really lend themselves very well to this filter (or it might just be that im not tweaking em just right 😉 ). Even on the color pics its better to do the normal processing on the pic to make it look as good as one can

The following is another good example of what one can get from the process
The woods
This image had the sky blown out and the tree trunk under exposed. The oil painting filter really made the image pop…

Here’s another good example of what the filter can do…
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It really gives the picture a WOW factor 🙂

Do give the filter a try and don’t hesitate turning it on for pics with blown highlights or dark underexposed areas… even noisy ones… It takes care of all that for you 🙂

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PS: Click on the images for higher res images, if you want to see full resolution images, just click on the “O” in the list of sizes (look at the top middle of the screen once you click on the images).