Monday, June 29, 2009

Gay Pride 2009

I went and saw the parade and the party for the first time. Took several photographs (93 came out decent), and have posted them to Flickr.

Some of the photographs are "adult", so you have to log into Flickr to see those.

Photography Information:
Using my light meter, I metered 3 settings and saved these in my camera's custom dial settings:
  • Sun at my back
  • Sun to my front
  • In the shade
I did this before I took the first shot. Since it wasn't cloudy (moving clouds, hiding the sun), I was all set up. I also set up the right white balance using my expodisc.

From that point on, it was pretty easy. Click of the dial, and I had all the settings preset. Just point, compose and shoot.

Here's a few teasers.
Gay_Pride_2009_65 Gay_Pride_2009_70

Gay_Pride_2009_71 Gay_Pride_2009_14

Friday, June 26, 2009

Photographing a beam of light

Edit: I've rewritten this here. Keeping this post in place now - maybe delete it later.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Walk Across the Golden Gate

Golden Gate Bridge at Dusk

It had been quite a while since I had crossed the Golden Gate Bridge on foot. Many, many years if I remember correctly.

Decided to do it today. As luck would have it, I managed to get there a little before sunset, and caught the sunset from the bridge.

Yesterday, I had gone to Santa Cruz, and hung out at the boardwalk and took a few photographs.

Monday, June 15, 2009

New Years 2009 Fireworks

Taken from Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. Showed up there with plenty of time before the fireworks began. Hung out and enjoyed the beautiful view, chatted with a few people, etc. till the show started.

Initially, I hadn't planned on taking any photographs, but once I was there any doubts were gone.

Had my camera gear with me, but didn't have a tripod. So I put the camera on the roof of the car. Had to put the lens cap and trigger release cable under the lens to get the right angle. Got a lot of light trails and cars in the photographs, but cropping them did the trick :-)

Lessons learnt: Take a tripod when you're taking your camera. You never know when you'll need it.

Fireworks Fireworks

Fireworks Fireworks

Fireworks Fireworks

Fireworks Fireworks

An un-cropped view


Golden Gate Park (part II)

Some more photographs from Golden Gate Park (taken in February - I've been lazy putting them up). Pretty much the same processing as the Pink Magnolia one.

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 1

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 2

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 3

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 4

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 5

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 6

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 7

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco 8