Day 109: The Early Morning Fly-out

early morning fly-out

Took at Thol Lake, Ahmedabad, India @ 7:09 AM (January 2012).

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See you tomorrow. Till then Good Night, Alvida, Shabba Khair, Shub Ratri.

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Day 103: Witnessing Beauty

Witnessing Beauty

Took it last year using my iPhone. There was a time when I was doing much mobile photography. I still love it but don’t have enough time for that and in many aspects I found using DSLR much better to produce better photographs than mobile photography.

Florida’s weather was beautiful that time (Around August, starting of FALL) Everyday you can see amazing cloud formations, sunset light shades and so many creative silhouettes.

I took this one in college. As I remember it, the tree is not really big as it looks in the photo. For those who are in my college, I took this standing in public parking near Keuper building facing towards opposite side parking lot.

I loved the final output, especially colors. Silhouette seems good too.

Edited mostly with basic development tools in lightroom 4.1.

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See you tomorrow. Till then Good Night, Alvida, Shabba Khair, Shub Ratri.

Day 74: Key West, Sunset Sail

Keywest, Sunset & The Boat

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Sorry for no updates !!

I’m sick since 4 days and still not well (Doctor said my lymph nodes are swollen/enlarged..It will take at least 7-10 days to get complete recovery) but I had to post something today to be on track with my challenge.

I can’t go outside to take new pictures in this condition. So I’ve to post some from my older stock. This one I took when we went to Miami/Keywest trip. We took a small cruise ride of around 2 hours to see coral reef. The boat was specially made for coral reef show, which had glass structure in the center-bottom area so people could see everything underwater clearly.

While coming back to port, it was sunset timing and I could see lots of differently structured sailing boats in the sea. Some were very far and some were coming near. I really wanted to take amazing silhouette photographs of boats but unfortunately it was the time before I bought my DSLR. I had my friend’s Panasoniz FZ35 at that time. Lights were too low, my boat was running at super speed. I didn’t had any place to put my camera, set the slow shutter and take a sharp photo. So I had to compromise taking it handheld.

I took it at 1/40 seconds handheld with ISO 400, still I got very noisy picture (may be because of point and shoot quality). I got the yellow feel of sunset and got ‘not perfect’ silhouette.

In editing part, I tried to get rid of noise while keeping sharpness up to certain level. I played in photoshop to get this purple feel (it was grayish in the original photo) & also tried to get better silhouette feel while increasing black clipping slowly. Increased the vibrance and again did some smart sharpening in photoshop at the end.

I hope you will like it. 🙂

Day 25: First Panorama

First panorama

My first ever panorama. I downloaded an iphone application for creating panoramic photos.

One day, when I was at a gas station, I saw this amazing sky with diferent colors on different sides and getting really mysterios look.

I took out my iphone, and using that app, I took the panorama.

Did some color poping, contrast/brightness leveling and proper cropping in photoshop.

I really liked the result. what about you ?

Day 22: Present and Future

Present and Future

One of my lucky to get photos.

I took this on the same day when I took one of my best photos “Dancing Goddesses[link]“. As I mentioned on that photo, I was attending annual Indian festival @Performing Arts center of University of Florida. During break time, I wanted to come out to feel nice chilling air of winter.

As soon I came out, I saw this father was talking with his son while showing him the fountain near the art center. I saw this moment and captured it. Thank god I was having 55-250 attached on my camera. I just took the photo and didn’t care about getting better composition or try different settings, because I was afraid of losing the moment.

I came home, I saw the RAW picture. I cropped the photo, increased color intensity and adjusted some basic things in Photoshop. That’s it. Nothing extreme edited.

I got wonderful comment from a professional photographer cum very good friend that “he believed that the photo is merging of different photos and couldn’t think at first as a single capture”.

I hope you will like it too. 🙂

Day 11: Tree silhouette

Tree Silhouette

Took  this photo the same day on which I took “just started” and “colorful legs“.

Actually my car key was stuck in the ignition and I had to call AAA to send the locksmith (I really like AAA because they give very good service in nominal price). I was waiting on road alone for the locksmith but fortunately I had my camera with me.

I even couldn’t go far to take photos because I had to watch my car. I saw the sun is setting down and I can get something in silhouette. I looked around to find something and found a tree far away from me. I took out my 55-250 and took this shoot.

Cropped it and gave better coloring preset in lightroom. Because I took it from far away, the sharpness was not that good because of bad focusing, so I sharpened the image in photoshop later.

EXIF:

  • f/22
  • 1/125
  • ISO 800
  • Focal length 180mm
  • Handheld

Day 1: Dancing Goddesses

Dancing Goddesses

November, 2011.
I went to Gainesville,Florida to buy books from a public book fair.
A close friend and a student of University of Florida took me to the annual Indian festival in the performing arts center of UF.
Obviously I was happy because I had my camera kit with me and the function gave me opportunity to take many low-light photographs of performances.
“Learned a lot.”

Took this photo at the time of ending ‘mudra’ of girls’ Indian classical dance. Luckily lights went to whole red as the music came to end & I managed to have this silhouette.

The photo also won a weekly award @ pixoto.com [link]

EXIF:

  • f/4
  • 1/80
  • ISO-800
  • Focal length – 55mm
  • Handheld
  • Cropped and post processed in CS5.