Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Letting the Sun Set on this one!

It's been a while since this blog has seen any posts! I have let it become moribund.
I've decided to finally let the sun set on this one, and start afresh. Look for a post, next week about a new blog.

I will leave you with a spectacular summer sunset, I think it will be a fitting way to let this be the last post on this blog.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Happy Diwali

Diwali Lantern

Exposure:1/30|Aperture:f/5.6|Focal Length:50 mm|ISO Speed: 800

This year I decided to spend Diwali with my parents in India. We decided to head into the mountains and spend a quiet diwali away from the madness brought on by loud firecrackers.
It's a festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. There are many stories that explain Diwali depending on where in India you hail from but the premise of good over evil still reigns.

What I love about the festivals is how we light up our world with diyas (small oil based lamps) or lanterns. We also get to gorge on a lot of sweets and savoury snacks. All in all a great time to bond with family and spend some quality time.

I leave you with these row of lanterns, which I found to be apt for this occasion.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's Fall in Boston!

Reflected Colors

It's Fall (Autumn) again in Boston. It is my favorite season, even though it means Winter is not too far away. The air is crisper, a little chilly and then Nature presents you with a canvas like above! This shot was taken in Fall '08 within Boston, right by a subway stop! I intend to capture more of the colors this year. Watch this space for more gorgeous nature shots! Inspired by fellow photog Jeff Tamagini's phrase "From the Vault", where one posts a shot from the past!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Sunrises: Coast to Coast

Shooting sunrises are a challenge to me, primarily because it involves waking up very early. Once you surmount that first one, we have other challenges to worry about.
These can be categorized as:

  1. Photographical Challenges
  2. Logistical Challenges
Before delving into these, Here's a sunrise shot on the East Coast (the one I live on)  of the United States.

East Coast
Sunrise-PlumIsland 4

Sunrise at Plum Island, MA near Newburyport about an hour north of Boston.
Exposure:0.125 sec (1/8)|Aperture:f/16.0|Focal Length:210 mm|ISO Speed:100

For a successful shoot, you need to plan and have the right equipment, The right equipment will go a long way in overcoming the photographical challenge, coupled with the logistical planning will ensure a successful shooting experience.

The Photo Equipment List
  • Camera (preferably SLR, to give you finer control)
  • A Wide to medium Tele lens 17-50 or  24-70 (you're not goin to have too much time to change lenses)
  • Tripod and head
  • Cable Release
  • Charged batteries (I have missed out on many shots, just by forgetting the battery or worse forgetting to charge it)
  • Memory Cards
The Other Stuff to make your life easier
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Spirit Level, if your tripod/camera doesn't have one
  • Sunglasses 
  • Fleece Jacket or gloves ( It was a 52F by the Golden Gate Bridge in Sept)
  • Coffee
  • Relax, it's a sunrise, which happens everyday and you can go back and try
The Logistical Challenges:
Most likely you will need some form of private transportation to get to the spot. To find a spot, do a flickr search and look for geo-tagged photos.  You might be able to do a recon beforehand, to find the ideal spot to stand in. Get there early, at least 15-30 Mins before the sunrise or by first light to setup. Sometimes you might face hurdles like closed off gates, no roads leading to the spot, so getting there early will help.

A few tips to get good shots:
A wide angle lens will help you capture more dramatic sky as the colors change, though the sun will look small. You will need to shoot at f/8 thru f/11. Keep the ISO at 100. The White Balance at Auto.
Shoot in RAW, so you can post-process on the computer. Also, play around with bracketing, to get a variety of shots.

You can use filters, like a polarizer ( I used this on the shot below) or ND filters that I am going to try when I get them.

West Coast
The Golden Gate bridge

Sunrise at Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA. Shot from the Marin Headlands, north of SF.
Exposure:1/50|Aperture:f/8.0|Focal Length:29 mm|ISO Speed:100

Monday, July 05, 2010

4th of July

Another 4th of July has passed us. This is the first time I decided to stay put and not travel during this holiday, it was also the first time I decided to partake in the great show put up by Boston.  The July 4th festivities of Boston are renowned for their mix of tradition, culture, pop-culture and spectacular fireworks.  Even given the current economic climate,  the show was awesome and it was a perfect way to spend a Sunday on the banks of Charles.

I joined Jeff and Jack, two photographer friends of mine and we camped out in our "perfect" spot for over 10 hours. Earlier in the week we had scoped out locations that would be just right for getting great shots of the fireworks and we settled for a spot across from the barges and near the MIT boathouse.

The day was supposed to be a scorcher at 90F (32 C), it wasn't that bad, with a cool breeze that made it comfortable to camp out there in the high temps. As the evening approached,  folks from the MIT boathouse decided it would be perfect to moor their boats directly in front of about more than a dozen photographers and and add another challenge to our task. We must have recomposed and adjusted umpteen times.

In the end though, it worked out okay. I had a great time and it was a rather good way to spend the holiday. I think we came back with some good shots and unscathed from the crowds.
The night did end with a bang..literally, while driving back home, I was stuck in a jam. Police cars trying to get through made the driver ahead of me panic and he decided to back right into my car!
At least the air bags didn't deploy!

Do check out Jeff's photos at his blog
and John's should be up on his flickr soon too!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Speeding towards stillness!

Light Speed!!

Exposure: 30|Aperture: f/22.0|Focal Length: 11 mm|ISO Speed: 100

I spent a late Monday evening taking some long exposure shots.
This was taken at almost the end of Memorial Drive, near where the Longfellow Bridge crosses over. There's a beautiful curve there, along with a turn-off (as seen on the right) that cars can use to reverse direction. I remembered this spot while riding the T this past weekend. Today was a good day to spend quite some time making this photo. Yes, you make photographs, when you plan it, think about it, and then take a few (more than 10) and feel great about one. On the longest day of the year (today was the Summer Solstice), it was a good way to wind down after a not so successful day of hacking around in the lab.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Feast Your Eyes!

Feast Your Eyes!

Exposure: 1/1250|Aperture: f/4.5|Focal Length: 50 mm|ISO Speed: 800

A delicious crepe, that I had a this past weekend after taking in the sights of the Cambridge River Fest. There are few places in the Boston area where you can get good crepes. This one at Arrow Street Crepes in Harvard Square was magnificent. Filled with berries, Nutella and Belgian Chocolate! Have one for breakfast! Your day can't be too bad after that.



I am an Informatics Specialist, involved in analysis and visualization of biological and clinical data. Photography is what I do in my spare time. I live in Cambridge, MA.

This blog is the medium to showcase one photo per post from what I shoot. I will try to do post one a day!

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