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Fisherman, Amerirican River Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Fisherman, Amerirican River Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Fisherman, Amerirican River Parkway, Sacramento, CA

Living close to a place with potential has a definite advantage. For one, you don;t have to set the alarm too early to catch good light, which is a good thing during the winter :)

This location is about 15mins drive for me and on this particular day, I could reach here early, before sunrise to scope out potential subjects. The rising mist from the river was a pleasant surprise, so was the fisherman in blue. I saw him before sunrise, made some shots (without the bright saturated colors on the opposite banks) and made a mental note to return back to him when the light was rite.

This place is surrounded by urban landscape, with houses on the cliffs (above this frame) and the challenge for me here was to exclude them from the natural beauty. Had I been too stringent in not including anything human, I would have lost that focal point which emphasizes the scale in this image and also makes this image work.

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Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

I made a series of photographs on a beach near the city of Kona in Hawaii, mainly concentrating on the abstract designs that I could find.

What attracted me first to this scene was the bright green sea plants (that’s the best I can describe them as, do let me know if you have a better name). The way their shapes changed with every wave, creating new and exciting patterns against the bright white sands was incredible.

Initially, I tried not getting wet, but that meant that, I would miss a lot of different perspectives, so in I went. Fortunately, the water there in Hawaii is not that cold and it was mildly pleasant to just hang out with my camera glued to my eyes, pointing it down at the sand.

This particular shot was taken right at the boundary of a transition, a phase on the beach where, the wave that just crashed in is receding. Majority of the water flow had already passed, leaving behind a fresh new design made using the sea plants. But right around the edges of this little island, there was a trickle of water that just hung around for a bit more, reflecting the sunlight in various shapes. A little while later all the water would have flown back getting rid of the sparkle that was once there.

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Clearing Storm and Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Clearing Snow Storm, Yosemite National Park, CA

Clearing Snow Storm, Yosemite National Park, CA

Clearing snow storm at sunset casting beautiful light on Yosemite National Park’s landmarks, El Capitan and Half Dome

Wishing every one Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year ahead. Hope we all get to see nature’s brilliant, spectacular shows in the future. May the light gods continue to cast beautiful light on the landscape in the coming years as well.

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Mist and Trees , Yosemite National Park, CA

Mist and Trees, Yosemite National Park, California

Mist and Trees, Yosemite National Park, California

 ”Fog moving into the Yosemite valley and hugging onto the trees on an autumn evening as seen from Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California

Photographers standing at tunnel view and pointing their lenses at Yosemite’s famous landmarks is something that’s predictable, but the show that nature puts on once we are there is totally unpredictable. When there are 50 other tripods at a location we have to rely on nature’s randomness and on some choice of subjects on our part to come away with some unique images.

Here, I used my long lens to capture some details in the trees when fog started rolling into the valley. Although I was at tunnel view hoping that there be some spectacular light at sunset, the thought of having no keeper shots from that shoot if the sunset failed, made me look into my long lens and pick this detail. In terms of light, it turned out to be a dull evening and hence this scene had little color. Just th green of the trees and the white of the fog. This is the reason I’ve presented this in black and white here.

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Mist and trees, Ahwahnee Medow, Yosemite National Park, CA

Rising Mist, Ahwahnee Medow, Yosemte National Park,CA

Rising Mist, Ahwahnee Medow, Yosemte National Park,CA Canon_7D-Canon70-200mm-F11_1/20s-ISO100

#1 Mist rising from Ahwahnee Medow, and the soft morning light backlighting the almost turned fall leaves. #2 First light hitting uper yosemite falls as a burst of water glides down the granite

I vividly remember the morning I made this photo. When I woke up early and looked up outside the tent, there was not a single cloud to be seen. Whereas the previuos two days that I was there, it was rather more interesting than that. But instead of sleeping in late, we decided to go out anyways before sunrise towards Tunnel View and see what we end up getting. Surpisingly as I was passing though Ahwahnee medow, there was this (very) thin layer of mist that was rising up and I decided to just wait it out here in the medow until the sun crept into the valley.

I ended up keeping two images from this mornings shoot.

First Light on Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, California

First Light on Upper Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, California - Canon_7D-Canon70-200mm-F11-1/100-ISO100

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Morning Mist, June Lake, California

 

Morning Mist and Grass, June Lake, California

Morning Mist and Grass, June Lake, California

Mist rising from the lake surface  at sunrise on a cold autumn morning in June Lake, Eastern Sierras, California

This was shot during my second visit to the eastern sierras this fall. The first visit had generated some wonderful fall color viewing and photographing opportunities, so I kind of had high expectations from my second visit, but due to recent snows, most of the color was knocked down and the weather did not co-operate. I had set up camp at the June Lake Campground, but instead of waking early in the morning and driving a long distance to either South/North Lake or Lake Sabrina (a favourite fall color photographing location), I instead chose to sleep a little late and enjoy the sunrise from the banks of June Lake.

It was also my wife’s first camping out in the cold, well it was 35F – 40F in the night and for someone from the tropics, that’s a lot to tolerate. But the mood at the lake at sunrise with all the mist rising from the surface did compensate for all the cold she had to tolerate and she actually enjoyed being there.

There was sound from a light breeze, the thin layer of mist on the lake surface dancing around with it, but other than that it was completely silent. I noticed these long grass sticking out from the lake bed along with their reflection in the calm waters. Along with the mist and some muted colors, I think it conveys the silent and calm mood pretty well. With no color saturation, I did think about presenting this in BW, but I think there is not much contrast in the scene for that to be effective and also I like the muted colors.

I made this photograph with not much color, while my primary intention of this visit was to to capture vibrant fall colors. Sometimes a pre-conceived idea can completely blind you from seeing everything else that is interesting, but I’m glad that I was able to switch my mindset to adapt what lay before me. I think it is important to be flexible with our plans, when conditions do not co-operate for or original plan to work out.

Here is one from when the first light hit the snow covered peaks.

Sunrise and Morning Mist, June Lake, California

Sunrise and Morning Mist, June Lake, California

Comments and criticism welcomed.

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