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…

Lumia 920… the photographers camera phone…

Lumia 920... the photographers camera phone...

Images like the one above are the rule rather than the exception. Caught this at the gurudwara (indian temple) in san jose at sundown. The camera caught the scene pretty much like what I saw there. Its images like this that bring out the true value of the image stabilized camera in the phone. It just is a cut above the rest. Even in bright sunny situations, the images have a good balance b/w the highlights and shadows. Things like white balance, color saturation etc are generally none issues.

The following images are a good roundup of what the camera does on the usual scenarios


A lovely evening at this in the Almedan Quicksilver park, san jose.



Another low light shot taken in Santa Cruz… and edited in the phone to get this look



An example of a macro shot… Background blur can be achieved, but at really close subject distances


Here are two more sots that highlight how good the camera is in difficult light…

This one was quiet a bit after sunset… The camera did push the exposure here a bit, the larger sizes are not that clear, but the colors are pretty much spot on. In face even a few stars show up in the picture. The phone did definitely capture much more than what i saw with my own eyes… 😀

This one is another good example of how the camera handles extreme conditions, the exposure did come out pretty good here. (BTW I did use the auto fix tool on this picture to open up the shadows a bit. 🙂 )


Another in camera pano… The camera does a good job of balancing the highlights and shadows for most cases


The shots above are a small subset of what the camera on the phone is really capable of doing. This is not a substitute for a real camera, but it does beat the lower end point and shoots. In simple words, im loving it 🙂

Do come back for more…


To see more shots from the gallery click here

My little champ…

My little champ...

Got this camera (pentax q) a couple of weeks ago. I was kind of skeptical about the purchase but once I got the package, I was amazed at how small and light yet sturdy the camera really is. I got it with the 02 zoom lens…

I loved the image IQ right out of the camera. I have a link to the galley form the pentax q at the bottom of the post. I don’t shoot RAW with this one, I found the jpeg mode to be good enough. In-fact, most of the time I find myself using the numbered dial on the front to shoot bold monochrome, vintage color or bold color images. Out of habit (I guess im kinda compulsive here 😀 ), I tweak the levels in LR, but never take the snaps into PS 🙂

This little guy goes with me literally everywhere (ok not to the loo :P, but most other places 😉 ). The battery is small so it does run out of juice kinda fast, but I still manage to get about 200 shots in one charge. I was amazed at the dslr like functions in the camera, for e.g.:
    Some awesome in camera filters (toy camera effect, an awesome b/w mode, vintage color mode)
    In camera RAW/jpeg editing with some pretty good results.
    The ability to modify the functionality of certain buttons
    In camera hdr mode (limited use)
    Custom settings

And above all, the killer feature, in body stabilization. I mount my canon FD lenses on the body and get stabilization, how freakin cool is that…

Having said that, Pentax q is no DSLR killer, the sensor is really small, and noisy… on a bright sunny day you can get the most of the 12 MPs but don’t stop down below f5.6, diffraction will kill the sharpness :). The results are really good for sharing online, you might be able to push your luck with prints up to 8 X 10, but that’s pushin it. This is good for being either a second or a third camera. For serious stuff I use my canon 7d/sony nex7…

Overall, I am highly satisfied with the lil gem (For the price its on Amazon this thing is an absolute steal). I use it as my street shot/hiking/biking camera when I know I am looking for the convenience rather than absolute quality. Here’s a sample of the stuff I have shot since I got it…

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