Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Did i hear "Raynox"?

Did i hear "Raynox"?, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Yes.. finally i am a proud owner of a raynox lens!
And this is the first image with my Raynox... Soon after playing a lot with reverse lens i realized that its good but its inconvenient... especially for insect macros who can "fly"... a Raynox with Sigma 70-300mm can be a deadly combo.

- Camera: Canon 1000D
- Lens: Sigma APO DG Macro 70-300 + Raynox DCR 250
- Focal Length: 70mm
- Exposure: ISO 400: 1/125 s : f/4.5 (that's why its so thin DOF.. but the light was not enough to increase the DOF) :(
- Hand-held
- Place: Citi Hall Park New York 7:30 PM

Post Processing:
- UFRaw - Exposure, S-curve, Crop, Saturation, crop , rotate 23degrees
- GIMP - Recover shadow and highlight, USM
- Noiceware - kill the noise (and unfortunately it kills the EXIF too !)
- FastStone - Resize + Signature

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Got Some Honey?

Got Some Honey?, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Time to shift gears... back to nature!!

This one is from Central Park New York on Sunday. One of the BEST in-city parks i have been to...

Another "To Do" shot for me ... wanted to catch a bee in flight either taking off or landing on flower with legs prepared to land or take-off..

This one is actually the Take Off one (though the title says otherwise!).

Consider myself VERY LUCKY that this one came out so well... my primary focus was on the flowers which the bee was sitting on it... and it suddenly took off when i clicked (after giving me some nice shots sitting on the flower!)

Tech Funda:
300mm zoom (obviously!)
f/13 AV mode
1/350s (auto based on AV mode)
ISO 640 (Auto)

1. GIMP (extended the upper portion little to give some head-room)
2. GIMP Curves / high-pass
3. Noiseware Denoise
4. FastStone Rezide / Border / Signature

Monday, June 28, 2010

30 Seconds of Bliss

30 Seconds of Bliss, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

One of the photos from the Brooklyn Bridge series... not a panorama for a change!

18 mm : 30 Sec : f/16 : ISO 100

Totally love the rock and at 30secs the silk like smooth water on the rock is something that fascinates me!!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge, NY

Brooklyn Bridge, NY, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

This had to happen.. i was not going to come back without capturing the beauty of Brooklyn Bridge!! So what if i had to change 3 trains and walk 45 mins to get to this spot!! With painful feet and filled heart... i am all set to say good-bye to New York in 3 days from now!.. especially after this shot.

Technical Junk: 3 shots (30 sec : f/11 : ISO 100), some minimal pp in gimp.

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Here is the shot i took when i reached this place (before walking down between two bridges:

And then alternate nano... this one was REALLY low to the water... so low that i had to protect the lens from splashing water with my hands! Same exposure!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Into-the-Sun: Statue of Liberty

Finally went to the statue-of-liberty island today.. i had planned to take a "different" perspective to this famous (and over photographed) statue.. so did a couple of experiments... the sun was just right to capture the "star like" glare and the lighting on the back of the statue was pretty nice as well..
Here is another perspective

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dream Shot (New York Again)

Dream Shot (New York Again), originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

If i had a dream shot... it has to be "THIS"... New York Sky Line + Full Moon + Water Front (Yea... that's the magic of place called "Exchange Place")

(8) Eight 18mm shots, each at 20 Seconds exposure f/16 ISO 200... on 6 inch tripod..

Its quire funny the way i captured it... i had to literally go under the water-front grills to keep my tripod... kicking myself for not bringing my tripod from india.. but there are always "workarounds".

Please see this on original full screen view!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New York from Top

New York from Top, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Highly recommended to View On Black

New York from top of (86th floor) Empire State Building. the roof top was SO crowded i could barely stand there for 11 mins & 30 Secs and took about 15 pics (time thanks to my first and last photo timing difference.. hehehe!!). There is another one with the moon in the sky.. will try to crank that up soon too.

Technical Information:
Two photos stitched together for Panorama view. Both taken at 18mm with exposure: 10 Sec (mini 6 inch pocket tripod :), f 22 & ISO 400.

Stitching in Autostitch + Some curves / exposure adjt in GIMP + noise correction in Noiseware community edition
Here goes another pano.. it so happens that i like this one better than the above one.. just personal choice or may be the Moon is adding up the magic...

Moon Shot

Moon Shot, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

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Another one from the empire estate building... i just could not leave the moon out of this frame... i would have loved it little bit right but had to get it in corner to include the two tall buildings in frame...

Some times... 18 mm is not wide enough!!.

Trying HDR without going overboard!
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Just after sunset!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Seagull Portrait (New York)

Seagull Portrait (New York), originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Zero Cropping.. At 300 mm but still you would imaging how "Close" i was to this seagull and he was not bothered at all... of course he is used to people in New York!!

City Never Sleeps

City Never Sleeps, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

New York Manhattan skyline at night from Hoboken

18mm : f/11 : 20 sec : ISO 100 simple!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Missed Focus

Missed Focus, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

wanted to do something different with statue of liberty... one of the most photographed statue in the world.. i knew i wanted to capture it "out of focus".. it was just the matter of finding another interesting subject.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


4, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

There was a nice-little air show when we went to Liberty Statue yesterday... i thought 4 of them together will look quite interesting.

needless to say: all shots at 300mm


Delicate, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

road-side flowers on new-york liberty statue streets... no one looked at them.. so i did!

Up for Sale

Up for Sale, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

interesting colorful t-shirts on Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Saturday, June 19, 2010

New York Skyline

New York Skyline, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

8 photos stitched in 1 some work gimp.. that's it!

Manhattan Skyline

Manhattan Skyline, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Manhattan Skyline soaking in sunset-light... i figured... this is this is the best way to capture as much skyline... also the blue sky and blue water are striking symmetry!!

I wish there were clouds as yesterday's train shot today... but was not to be! Never mind.. this view is beautiful enough :D

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sunset @ New York

Sunset @ New York, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.
this time the sunset with "last rays" on this famous New York building and dramatic sky to add to that... Just stepped out for a quick bite after very hectic day.. and fortunately picked up the camera on the way!!

Few other notable ones from same evening

Smile Please

Smile Please, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Another Candid from my "Faces" project in New York Times Square

Here is a link to the slide-show of select 40 photos on my blog
do leave your comments if you like any of those

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Faces Project @ New York

Hello Friends

Hello Friends, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

another one from one of the visits to Pashan Lake (you know i am not getting time in NY .. pretty busy.. and the portraits i have are being discussed in "different" direction.. so choosing less harmful subjects from achieves!!

Love this one for the dragonfly colors and the colorful bokeh!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

NY Architecture

NY Architecture, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Something nice.. a wall clock on an ancient style building in NY near Times Square.


Performer, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

drummer plays and sings amidst walking crowd on Times Square, NY... Thought this is an interesting frame / POV.. let me know if you like this!! Was difficult to capture this with crowd in the frame.. but cracked it after couple of tries!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Expressions @ Times Square, NY

As promised.. here goes the "faces" collection from my Day 1 at Times square.. got about 40+ "good" photos of different people in 2 hours .. What a place.. totally loved the time..

most of the images are at 300mm.

I will be putting up all the individual photos in a slide-show sometime later.

Looking UP at Times Square

Looking UP at Times Square, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Day 1... Times Square.. did hundres of portraits of walking people (mostly good looking people.. hahaha!!)... but thought of staring with the stuff that times square is famous for!.. buildings..
another view of same spot

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Circular, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Another one from Pashan Lake couple of weeks back! Simple and Elegant!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bakul Flowers: Scented and on Ground

Pulling out some old-is-gold stuff... taken on 8th June 2008... exactly 2 years back with my point and shoot Sony-DSC-T7 (

Marathi Name: Bakul (बकुळ)
English Name: Indian Medaller (

One of my most fav flowers and also one of my "treasured" shots for past two years.. taken in a small villege near pune.. exactly 2 years back.

Composition: God + Me (Two of these were in line already.. i just placed the third one to complete the composition

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Spread the Wings and break the shackles

This one is from Pashan Lake shoot with Andy.. This is RED WATTED LAPWING in mid flight.. i guess i am getting the knack of birds in flight with my Sigma 70-300 lens

Sky was too flat.. so clouds introduced from another shot.. some people may take it as cheating.. let me know your thoughts..

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Waiting for my buddy

Waiting for my buddy, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

bird shot from the sinhagad trip..

busy evening

busy evening, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

handheld 3 sec shot (rested on the grill)..trying such long exposure handheld for the first time!

As you can see.. the hoardings KILL the view


Yummy..., originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

I can cook too.. not that this counts as cooking :)

Taking inspiration from kshitija's post (not just for the photo but also for preparing the dish)... gathered all the material on the weekend and did this on monday evening for wify-dear!

Cherry + Paneer (Cottage Cheese) Pineapple = Heaven.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Stacking Try

Stacking Try, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

Taking stab at the recent "popular" picture.. as pointed out by many and also our guru "Anvay" it was too shallow DOF so here is my FIRST try at stacking... with combine zm with just to base images (when the standard is 6 to 20 images).. may be next time!
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Putting notes to display what's coming from where!

New version is out combinezp on 6th June.. installed older version for this image will try the newer one now!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Any Guess?

Any Guess?, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

2 Explored in two days.. what next... feels good but we also know even a blank page can make it to explore... hence its important to keep experimenting and work on "photography" and not on "comments views and favs"...

thanks for reading... for those who cared.. its melting ice cube.. (almost about to crumble.. very tiny!!) Same reverse ring circus.. done couple of days back.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

What's up dude?

What's up dude?, originally uploaded by Yogendra174.

My choice from Macro session by P@P at sinhagad .. thanks to Anvay!!

This is a rainbow fly..(name thanks to Anvay again!)... everyone was shooting from side.. i chose to go bang in front.. will wait to see which angle turns out to be the best.

shot with Anshum's Raynox 1.5x on my 300mm lens

Also putting the series of 10 pictures, mostly with reverse ring on in the same post! hope you like some of them!
Other notable ones in this session!! (can't put all them on flickr.. 200 limit :D)

Most of these are not yet processed properly (just putting up signature and cropping in picasa.. still to work on the other aspects in gimp!!). Will reupload some of these on picasa as they "mature".

And a bird too

Explored: Jun 6, 2010 #121