Bad Weather is Good for Photography

Hello Friends,
Spring is sprung and we are just few weeks away from official summer in Canada. This post is just intended tell you guys that, do not skip going out on day with bad weather, specially if you are photography enthusiast.  Here I am posting some of my picture which I took last week, all the pictures were created on stormy &/or rainy day. The way pictures turned out were very interesting,  lighting and sky was amazing, in-fact these two factors together made common landscapes look great.

Beautiful landscape captured at lower Fort Garry
Old wooden cart along with the farmers house in background. This is single capture (not HDR), picture was shot in manual mode at 18mm (~28mm in full frame). F6.3; 1/640sec at 100 ISO.

This picture was created at lower Fort Garry, Manitoba last week on Victoria day. Just look at those beautiful sky, what do you think about this picture ? are you wondering, how did I get proper exposure for the sky? here is my trick. Since it was outdoor shot I kept ISO 100 and at f6.3 I have wooden cart in focus, in this case only shutter speed (SS) was variable. First I focused to sky that gave SS of 1250 sec; then 500 sec when exposed to the house, and the SS was 250 sec for cart, averaging these three values will give you 640sec. It was little underexposed for foreground subject, but you always can recover the shadow in post processing.

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Beautiful Red Chairs on Bank of Red River, Captured at lower Fort Garry. The camera settings were  18mm focal length (~28mm in full frame) at  F6.3, 1/800 sec at 100 ISO

Somewhere I read that once a famous photographer told “if you must shoot color simply put something Red in picture” This is one such example. Unlike previous picture I did underexposed 1-1/2 stop to capture details in sky.

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Beautiful View of Lake at Bird`s Hill Park, Manitoba, at 35mm, F11, 1/40 sec, ISO 100.

Again this is single shot (not HDR) from viewpoint on north drive, Bird`s Hill Park. In this composition two things to be noted. 1. Use sky only if it adds some meaning to the picture and 2. Use sky as background in only required proportion, too much is not too good friends. This picture was also 1-1/2 stop under exposed.

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Making most out of the scene- Reflection in puddle. At 21mm (~33 in FF), f9, 1/200 sec, ISO 100.

Making most out the scene to create composition that is more interesting is also important thing, here reflection in this puddle makes best foreground for this composition, and in addition it adds sense of depth as well. Picture was shot at Selkirk, Manitoba on same rainy Victoria Day.

So, friends go out and shoot, get the best picture. Do not forget to share your opinion comments with me, also feel free to share your picture and stories with us at Here.
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Thank you
Vijaya

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How the Tree swallow-ed ?

Outline of this post

  • Story behind 
  • Photo with photography techniques used
  • Notes or tips to be considered 


Story

Last week Saturday the 22nd, while my way back from Oak Hammock Marsh, I spotted a giant bald eagle feeding on its pray.  I puled the car a side, and in a moment I got ready with my camera, it flew far away. Considering the low light conditions, had decided to come back again to the location.

Exactly a week after I went again this time with Stephanie in search of Eagle. My bad luck, it wasn’t seen even after waiting long time, may be it went to another territory. But I had plenty of time, so we started hiking through various short- trails (Click) around and took various bird pictures including American coot, Geese, Mallard duck, Yellow headed Black bird, Red winged Black bird and Grackle (Click here for picture feed). Along with aforementioned birds we also spotted the the bird with most interesting  behavior called “Tree Swallow” this post is all about it.

Well, long story short, these birds follow certain pattern, may be for every 5 minutes they fly away from the tree, and comes back after some time and again after 5 minutes they fly away. They are very fast moving and hard to capture individual bird, so, I almost spent about 20-30 minutes to get the below picture of birds sitting on the tree branches, it almost look like leaves all along from far distance. The same picture was also became editor`s favorite in National Geographic Your shot (Click here for picture). Though I went for Eagle with open mind and curiosity of exploring things around could able to create one nice picture.

 

Photography technique

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Tree swallow birds on branches of dried tree
  1. Lighting: It was sunset and getting beautiful golden hour light to get that light on tree and in sky, I positioned myself in a way that my camera facing south.
  2. Camera & settings: I used Canon 7D-MarkII coupled with Tamron 150-600 lens. The focal length was 150mm at F8 with shutter speed 1/2500 and ISO-800. It was hand held shot in AI-Servo shooting mode. To capture warm colors, I had cloudy white balance setting in evaluative metering mode.
  3. Post production: Picture was captured in RAW and processed in Light room with basic adjustment of White-Black balance, shadow and highlight. This is original composition picture was not cropped.

Notes or Tips

  • In my experience, when you are in field always look around for nice moments
  • Consider light and its angle before you take picture
  • Always check your camera setting before you start shooting (specially WB and ISO)
  • Play with white balance and always get multiple pictures, to make sure one would have better focus among
  • Try to use tripod for better quality pictures.

 

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Thank you
Vijaya

Story of Seligman on Historic 66 Photo by Vijaya C. — National Geographic Your Shot

I took very long time to process this old picture, it is old but new! On final leg returning from Grand canyon to Las Vegas, Guru my friend and me decided to stay in small town called Ashforks. After dinner, as Guru was browsing about our next visit, we found out the history of HWY 66. After learning the history we decided to take highway-66 instead of other super fast highway, we traveled through until Seligman. The story of these small town tells due to new high-speed highways, less people travel through these small-towns. Seligman & Ashforks were among the popular town on HWY66, but now deserted towns with very few people around.

Source: Story of Seligman on Historic 66 Photo by Vijaya C. — National Geographic Your Shot

Transition of season

Hello Friends warming up for spring?

What is that first thing comes to your mind, as soon as you hear the word #spring ? If I’m not wrong most of us think sprouting buds, cherry blossoms, chirping birds, flower blooming & green all around.

Have you seen or documented how this transition happens from #wintertospring ? I’m going to post some of such pictures for you guys from my recent trip to Nopiming provincial park, MB, Canada.

This part of Manitoba I have not explored so far, but I found out that, it is very huge park with lot of scope for #bird and #wildlife photography. I am sure, if you spend some time and do scouting, you also get very interesting #landscape pictures. Lets check some of my pictures.

Tiny Yellow bellied Sapsucker bird found near bird lake

As a bird/wildlife photographer with big lenses, I always notice birds. This is one among many birds I have spotted, the brilliant colored birdy were seen around bird lake of park.

Melting ice on Bird lake, Nopiming park.

This is view of Bird lake from the low angle, shot this picture with polarizer to add little silky water touch & to show how clear was the #water. Friends as I mentioned “The transition” melting ice is one among them, however part of ice look thick like someone threw ice blocks on lake. This location also has campground near by and benches around grills for BBQ; very nice place for camping or even for picnicking.

Tulbi falls yurt with scenic Lakeview

Who don’t want to stay in yurt with scenic view ?

These yurts are still under construction, I am already started to find availability to reserve in this location for the scenic view from yurt  click here.

Waiting for right time

The above picture has many elements of transition of season. The fallen #pine cones, idle boat, thawing lake, melted ice to water this landscape moment I composed from one of the cabin house on lake. For picture with similar moment click here and also from the other part of the lake you can see how this ice is Melting (click the link).

Finally with last picture I took on our way back to Winnipeg I’ll end this blog. This picture is of very beautiful town/village I saw, sunset was added third dimension to this picture.

Beauty of village in golden hour

How you seen or took pictures if seasonal transition? If yes please feel free to share your picture with others using this link here or use hashtag #lookingthroughlens. Finally if you liked my pictures and story please hit like and share with your friends. For any questions related to photography, contact me using links from below wedges.

Don`t get fooled again Photo by Vijaya C. — National Geographic Your Shot

This picture was captured at end of summer 2016. The story behind this picture was very funny. While I was driving back to home after finishing bird migration shootouts from oak marsh hammock, I saw a big bald eagle is sitting in near by crop field, next moment I pulled my car and started to approach the eagle with camera, after taking several shots I realized it is a decoy, put to protect crops from other birds, it was very hilarious.

Source: Don`t get fooled again Photo by Vijaya C. — National Geographic Your Shot

Grand Canyon

Hello Folks,
In continuation with my previous  US trip stories, here I am sharing some of the pictures from Grand Canyon, a place known as natural wonder of world.

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View from Desert view point: Picture was shot with Canon 7DM2 hand held attached with Sigma 17-50 (f2.8) at 1/160s, f8  ISO 100 and +1/3rd exposure compensation.

 

Beautiful views from Grand canyon, click on individual images for full view.

It was really great experience being there and capturing exiting moments. Some of my favorite pictures below, please feel free to click on individual images for full view. For more follow me  twitter/ChitnisVijaya or instagram/vijayachitnis using the links from bottom.

Looking forward to hear from you guys about this post.
Cheers

Landscapes of Monument valley

It is nice experience to visit monument valley, along with my friend Gurudatt I had been to this wonderful landscape last winter. Off-course it was also great escape for us from Manitoba`s winter in December. Monument valley is a great playground for nature photographers specially landscapers. This place is not far from Grand canyon and  Antelope canyon, about one and half hour journey worth to drive from Page, AZ. Here I am sharing some of my shots, feel free to click individual images for full view. Also don`t forget to like, share and comment. For questions and queries reach me through link given from bottom widgets to FB/Twitter/Instagram.

 

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Exploring Manitoba

Inspired by the recent buzz feed by  titled ‘23 Reasons You Should Never Set Foot In Manitoba‘ I am posting some of my pictures to show favorite places around Winnipeg/Manitoba. Hope you like these pictures, go out and have fun. If you love travel photography visit my Facebook and stay connected via Twitter.

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Golden Hours at Hecla
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Whitemouth waterfall
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Top of the world view point, Falcon lake
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Falcon lake, in twilight
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Oak Hammock Marsh
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Suspension bridge, Pinawa
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Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg
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Flower conservatory, Assiniboine Park
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Icelandic festival, Manitoba,l Gimli
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Classic car show, Kenora
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Fall colors, Pinawa Channel
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Aurora at steep rock, Manitoba
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Sunset Beach, Hecla, MB

Another story of Highway 66

While we were looking for some place to stay near by Grand canyon, during my last US trip me and my photographer friend could able to discover a motel in place called “Ash Forks” I am not very sure how many of you reading this post are familiar with this name. Anyway by the time we reach the motel Ash forks Inn it was dark and we could able to locate two gas station in town otherwise it felt like no human habitat around. We were surprised after hearing the story of 60 years old motel in small town with only 841 people.  From motel we also found out this amazing restaurant Lulu Belle`s. Moment after dinner we were curious to know about the history of town, why they call Ash Forks, how the highway 66 affected the economy and families of the town over the years and many other information.

Next morning our way back to Las Vegas we went around the town took couple pictures with out cell phone just to document the story of the town. In nutshell we learn that, the name Ash Forks came from ASH tree forest along the town and the place is known for producing finest lime stone in US. Off-course the stories about ‘Santafe railroad’ and why most of the town abandoned now ? why only 841 people around? how high way66 influenced economy of town and people? were interesting read about.

I am happy that,  we could able to halt in Ash Forks and know about less known historically place. I also recommend if you happen to travel on highway 66 or to Grand Canyon, don’t miss to enjoy a mean in Lulu Belle`s and go around Ash Forks. Will come up another story soon, until stay connected.

Cheers,
Vijaya
(All pictures were taken from Black Berry Cell Phone)