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.

Selkirk
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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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

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

Manitoba Marathon

Hello Folks,
How are you doing? Sharing some of today’s`s pictures of Manitoba Marathon. Let me know what you think.

Stay Fit
Vj

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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Playground of Photographers

Page, Arizona is one of the best place I have visited so far. Its location is so, convenient that you can cover most famous tourists spots of US withing 3 hours of journey including Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. Apart for being home of the great Antelope Canyon and Mighty Horse shoe bend, Page has many photogenic places around. Colorado river, the mountains around, north rim of grand canyon, lakes,  its really is playground of photographers, specially nature and landscapers.  I am here with sharing some of my pictures, which I liked most. Hope you like them, if yes please hit like.

 

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Framed in classic: Winnipeg City

Pictures in Black and white add emotion and moment to a photograph. So most of the time I end up using black and white, the classic look. Here are some pictures of streets and  buildings of Winnipeg, I am sharing with you guys, hope you like them. All pictures are taken from my Canon 7DMII+24-105L.

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Bois-des-esprit

Hello Folks,

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Wooden spirit of man and bird coming out of his nose f5.6; 1/100s; 100iso

Bios-des-esprit trail is one of the nice short hiking trail in Winnipeg. Its about 117 acre in middle of the city, I guess only people staying in this neighborhood know about this place.

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Another wooden carving f 5.6; 1/600s; 100iso

Last weekend I had opportunity to go with my meetup group and had a wonderful time, could able to get some of the beautiful pictures of wooden carvings or wood spirit. Here some of those pictures I am sharing with you guys hope you like them.

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gray owl F5.6; 1/600s; 100iso

Another bonus going in trail was wild life. Frequent encounter deers, birds and squirrels. Its worth spending half a day and take 2km trail and enjoy the nature and wild life. Below are some of those bonus pictures which I loved taking. If you like please don’t forget to like or leave comment.

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f16; 1/60s; 100iso
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f5.6; 1/160s; 100iso
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Jewels of Jungle f5.6; 1/500s; 100iso

Cheers,

Vijaya Chitnis

Birds photography is often come as bonus

Hello Folks,

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Downy woodpicker. f 5.6; 1/50; 215mm, 100 ISO

I would like to start with Yousuf Karsh quote “Look and think before opening the shutter. I realized its meaning recently while shooting birds. Birds photography is often come as bonus, if we have patience to wait for right timing results are often wonderful, I guess consideration of light in shades, angle and framing adds another dimensions to picture. This is my first ever try to capture bird with DSLR and enjoyed it a lot.

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F5.6; 1/600; 214mm; 100 ISO.

Hello world!

Yes we all know photography is an art of capturing the moment/ situation at perfect timing, sometimes we have pleasant surprises in unexpected way, in science they call it as ‘serendipity’. You must be thinking why this guy talking about science in photography page? don`t get confused, perhaps I am talking about photo taken in unprepared situations.But yeah, you guys should agree with “Louis Pasteur” as he said ‘“In the field of observation chance only favors the prepared mind.” Following photo is one such example, this is crystallized buffer commonly used in biology labs. By mistake I left this buffer in pan over night and next morning saw this amazing pattern, and captured with my Galaxy s5. Hope you guys like this picture, please don`t forget to leave comment.20150220_110949-1Cheers,

Vijaya Chitnis