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

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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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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Sometimes you just gotta hold on n keep an open eye…

Sometimes you just gotta hold on n keep an open eye...

How many times have you bashed up yourself for a missed opportunity? I, on a recent trip to Mammoth lakes CA, had such a moment. I had scoped locations and found one at Silver lake (near the more known mono lake) silver lake. I did a quick check(enough time to get to the location n setup,camera, batteries,tripod, lenses, etc) and started to head out of my motel room, but as usually happens, got delayed (people with toddlers would know why ;)). Ended up reaching there just in time to miss the last ray of the setting sun vanishing on the mountain top as i settled in 😦

Man did i feel down n out, this was our last evening at Mammoth lakes, CA before we headed out to Lake Tahoe. The i just remembered a spot i had seen driving back from my scouting trip in the afternoon, i thought why not go there n capture some b/w shots cus the location had imprinted itself on my mind. I did push my drive a bit, but as i pulled up there, i was mesmerized by what i saw. I had to get onto the shoulder to get these shots, saw all the cars zip by. I was in for a treat… the most amazing n dramatic sky i had seen for quiet some time n a perfect backdrop to this tattered hut. I quickly got my cameras out, the light was fading fast, i had no time to setup tripods n all… I fired of maybe more than 200 shots… but i got results like this, this and the one i have posted above. Was i a happy man 😀

Moral of the story (for me really, more than any one else 😉 ) is, keep an eye out for secondary backups in case you miss your primary for any reason and have the ability to move on instead of getting stuck…

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For the complete set click here…