Sunday, April 26, 2009

Moon Dance

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Yes Moon dance! What do you do when you get a DSLR and you can control the exposure? Play with long exposure times! That's what I did. When I just got my XSI, I was playing around with the long exposure times. 1 sec, 2 sec, 20 secs etc. Did you see the sunset pic with 20sec? Just check it out.

By the way, when I was heading back home one day, I noticed Moon & Venus so close to each other and bright too. As soon as I reached home, pulled out my XSI, hand held it and set it for 4 sec and manually moved it to make a pattern. The result is this witch face :-)

Canon XSI with 55-250 at 250mm
4.0 sec
ISO: 400

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Palm Tree on a rainy day

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What do you do when you have to just wait in your vehicle doing nothing but staring into the sky and it is raining heavily? Just pull out your camera!  That's what I did. I focussed on the sun roof of our X5.  The rain drops made it an interesting composition. I took a couple of shots (power of digital!). This one had the palm tree clearly in a number of drops. I really loved the way it came out. By the way this photo is absolutely un-edited! Taken at Anaheim, california.

Data: Canon XSI with 18-55IS at 20.0mm.
          ISO 800

Monday, April 20, 2009

Beautiful sunset at Orange county, California

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When I visited the Newport beach in Orange county, I had nothing much to do. So I wanted to enjoy the sunset in this beach. By the time I reached there the sunset was over. But the colors were so beautiful. Since it was getting too dark, I decided to use a long exposure with a high ISO.

I used my Canon XSI with 18-55 IS at 55.0mm, ISO 800
Shutter priority - Shutter speed 20.0 sec, f/29

It was so windy I had to hold the tripod -I was afraid it might fly off. But when I saw the result, I was really thrilled. It was my first sunset picture. The long exposure also caused a glitter to the lights. The pier added a eye-guide into the picture and the beach added foreground.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lonely Autumn Tree

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Autumn trees always fascinate me - may be because of their bare bone structure. You can see everything they have! And they are not covered up by the leaves.

I had stopped at a red signal while driving home one day. It was a waiting time of around 1 1/2 minute. Hence I was lazily glancing around. When I noticed this tree, just jumped up and pulled out my camera and clicked it. Took only one shot in 
AV mode.
Equipment: Canon XSI
                      55-250 at 55mm
                      1/2000 sec
                      ISO: 200

Only hitch - there were electrical wires running just behind the tree. That was a spoiler! I used MS paint to manually remove the wires. Later, I added some saturation using Picasa 3.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bedroom window Bokeh

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I was playing with my brand new canon tele-photo 55-250 IS to focus on a distant home through the gaps in this tree. Later I noticed that this tree itself was beautiful. I shot the picture in the header above using my XSI with 55-250 IS at 250mm using Manual focus, f/5.6, 1/10sec, ISO:200. Taking the picure at f/4.0 was keeping only some leaves in focus. So had to turn it down a bit to keep more leaves in focus.

I really loved the shades of green in this picture.

Friday, April 17, 2009

What to read in Digital photography

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I am sure there are many like me - just stepped into the world of digital photography. I have been reading a lot of books, blogs, websites, magazines and the list goes on. Let me list them down so that you too can get benefited - I am not listing useless books which waste your time.

1. Most important: Read your camera manual. You should know how to handle your camera completely. Trust me. I know the manual is small in size and not easy to read. You can download a soft copy and read it - this is a lot easier. Handling your camera should become your second nature. Particularly Canon models where many settings go by menus unlike Nikon where there are buttons on the back of the camera body.
Also the canon online resources for the cameras are very informative. Check out - 
--> tips and techniques & EOS digital sections
--> it also contains videos explaining stuff.

2. Scott Kelby's Digital photography vol 1 & 2 : This is the set of books where he tells you exactly what to do in a so-and-so situation. You don't have to buy them. I borrowed these books from my local library repeatedly.

3. KODAK digital photography books: If you really want to understand why some photos work and some don't, I found KODAK books to very authentic. I never thought I would read about Fibonacci numbers in a photography book.

4. National Geographic publications - Field guides & magazines.

5. YouTube: Can you imagine, YouTube contains tons of videos explaining everything you ought to know about photography using YOUR camera. All you need to do is search for your camera model and some one there will be explaining how you can do this and that using YOUR camera. For example search for Canon XSI and in the list, look up for what you want to do, like for instance - setting custom white balance (pretty easy), recompose a shot using exposure lock etc.

6. Blogs:      <-- you are already here!!!

7. Websites:

8. Your own vision: develop a sense of photography. You have to start to see things differently - as if you are always looking TTL :-)

Welcome! An intro about me and my camera(s)..

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(Updated on June 29th 2010)

About me -
You can call me Raghu. Born in India. Lived in India and Germany. Currently living in the sunny california.

Always been interested in Photography ever since I remember. Got into Film SLR around 2000(around 9 years back). Didn't dare to experiment with film because of cost. Recently moved to DSLR. I have always been a CANON guy.
Camera's owned:
Film SLR: Canon EOS Rebel GQD with Sigma 28-80 with Macro at 80 (used mostly while in India & Germany)
P&S: Canon IXUS 40 (used mostly in Germany and US)
DSLR: Canon EOS XSI with EF-S 18-55 IS f/3.5-5.6
+ EF-S 55-250 IS f/4.0-5.6
+ EF 50mm f/1.8 II (ordered recently)
Bag: Lowepro Nova AW 170

Tripod: Dolica Proline AX620B100 (updated on June 29th 2010)