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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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…

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