Golden gate national recreational area…

Golden gate national recreational area... sunrise over Golden gate bride with San Francisco in the backdrop

A really beautiful national park just moments from SFO (San Francisco) and a short drive from most of the bay area…
I have lost count now as to how many times i have been here… Sunsets,sunrises, afternoons, just about anytime. There’s just so much one can do here… hiking, biking,relaxing on the berach or just enjoy the awesome views (especially at sunset and sunrise)

Here are a few more i was lucky enough to get to this weekend… The purpose of the trip was to give my newly acquired medium format film camera a try… but I did have my 6d with me. I am eagerly awaiting the results from the film camera. The negatives are being developed as of now… Fingers crossed 😀

Sunrise looking out to the backwaters of the San francisco bay

looking out towards the golden gate bridge with San francisco in the backdop at sunrise

San francisco and golden gate in the beautiful gentle light at sunrise

Wish me luck for the outcome of my film trials, i am super excited 😀

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Heres the link to some pics i got from the past trips as well as the rest from this one…

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The one that almost flew and more…

The one that almost flew and more...
Some great moments from the recent family trip down to Seaworld, San Diego. What an awesome place to spend a whole day at… plenty on fun for the whole family…
The opening shot is one of the killer whales at the Shamu show fully airborne during one of its acrobatic moments 🙂 For all the ones i manages to catch, there were plenty of even more amazing moments that i missed to capture just cus of the sheer thrill of the moment 😀

Next we headed over to the dolphin pond…. Boy did my lil one enjoy this 🙂 The dolphins were within reach and some kids even managed to touch them on a few occasions…
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This one is of the dolphin almost reaching for the red ball 😉

The cameras rested for a long time after the dolphins 😦 Theres just so much to do out here. Dolphin and bird show, otters, turtle bay, sea lion show… I just forgot my cameras in the bag 😀

The final exhibit we checked out was the arctic expedition… Awesome setup this is… lovely views of the walrus, beluga whale and our personal favorite… the Polar Bear 🙂
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Here he is after getting rid of all the cold water fresh out of a swim 🙂

Amidst all our runarounds at Seaworld, one thing does need a honorable mention… The tower.
Not just is it a great ride, it also helped immensely in guiding us to and from the various shows/ehibits 😉
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Thanks for your time…
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Heres a link to rest of the gallery…

San diego zoo…

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I cant tell you how happy my kid was on seeing an elephant… He saw one for the first time at the San Diego zoo… and he couldn’t take his eyes of it.
I have seen the SFO zoo and thought it was great but this beats it hands down. Took us a whole day to look at all the exhibits…

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Now I am from India and I have seen plenty of camels… but i have never seen this kind before. The camels in India look like this… It was quiet amusing for me my wife (our kid has never seen the indian camels… so he’ll be in for some amusement once he sees the ones back home 😉 )

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Next we came to the Jaguar enclosure… what a beautiful cat it is… Seeing it sit like this did make me think how caught up/tied down these guys would feel in the zoo…

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Next we happened to come up on the Lions when they were feeding. Made my kid super excited… and i had the opp to get some nice clicks too 😀

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Last but not the least… we met the newest member at the zoo (or so we were told)… this guy was just 10 days at the time the pic was snapped…

I did enjoy the lovely animals at the zoo… but every time i go there i have this haunting feeling of the incredible loss these poor souls are at… They should be roaming the wild instead of being trapped in these cages 😦

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For the rest of the shots click here

Someday… i’ll get it too…

Someday... i'll get it too...

Getting a beautiful star studded night scene has been a long time dream of mine… Seems im not done yet… I wanted to get a beautiful night scene with the Milky Way taking up the most of the sky. I seem to have a long way to go 😦

Here’s another one from this shoot…
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I thought i was ready… i had scouted the location (well, i have taken multiple sunsets at the Natural Bridges beach in santa cruz…) and was ready with my tripod at sundown… Remote (wired) shutter release inserted into the camera and the lens focused on infinity… As the sun set and the stars began to pop up i fired away… one long exposure after another. The pics did show stars but i seem to have lucked out when it came to getting the milkey way…
The closest I have ever come was this shot (again in santa cruz) back in 2011…

Aaah… anyways, i am not done yet… another day will end and another night will come… I hopefully will get the ever elusive (in my case anyways 😉 ) milky way some day… 😀

Tons of thanks to my wife and kid for the immense patience they showed couped up in the car while i snapped away like a mad man… Thanks guys 🙂
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