I was in India - During summer of 2013. It was a sweaty afternoon with stormy skies and clicked this shot in Front of Hawa mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
It was one of the moody evenings I decided to take a stop at Hawk Hill in San Francisco and my luck was smiling at me. It was one of those rare sightings where low fog at around sunset was creating this mesmerizing scene. Wind was blowing real hard as well and this beauttiful scene lasted for a shot time only as fog took over everything.
Tech: Canon 5D Mark III, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, @142.0 mm, f/5.0, ISO 200, panorama created using several shots. Raw shots imported in capture one, final touches and panorama created in Photoshop CS6
Mossbrae falls is a hidden gem around Mount Shasta region of Northern California. It is so amazing to see this place in person. It feels like a huge veil of water curtain over green moss falling in Sacramento river. If you visit this place in a summer afternoon, is is absolutely stunning to see amazing sunlight giving silvery touch to waterfall and lighting up green moss behind it.
How to go there: Accessibility to this place is another challenge as it is located in a very secluded place. You will have to travel to town of Dunsmuir in Northern California. You have to come to intersection of Scarlet way and Dunsmuir ave, park your car in a legal parking somewhere and enter thru a arch (Shasta retreat 41.228384, -122.275889) to Scarlet way and keep walking towards railroad (there are signs which will say no trespassing), crossing the river via over bridge (41.230357, -122.279238). Turn right and keep walking next to railroad about 1.5 miles and you will hear the waterfall sound (41.241572, -122.266795).
Technical: I took 3 shots using Nikon D800e and Nikkor 14-24, @ f/11, ISO 50, 24 mm in raw format, initial import and processing in Capture One, created HDR using Photomatix, final touches in Photoshop CS6 and Nik software.
Crater lake was always in my wish list to visit. This summer one of my friend called me on Friday and said lets have a family outing in Crater lake area. We drove from San Francisco area and stayed at Klamath falls. We started pretty late next day from there as I did not want to deal with massive long weekend traffic. We reached there around late afternoon had some snacks at hut on rim. Kids had lot of fun. We spent good 2-3 hours and decided to come back to hotel around sunset.
While returning , I saw few photographers standing close to rim near a almost dead tree and stopped there. Boy it was a beautiful sight, it was some famous tree which is pretty popular among local photographers. I decided to stay there for sometime and shoot the last sunlight featuring the tree.
Technical: Nikon D800E, Nikkor 14-24, 24mm, f11, 2 shots, raw processing in CaptureOne 8, final touches in Photoshop CS6 and Nik software, Panorama in CS6.
I always imagined if I had a real large format camera and I could capture the complete details of this beautiful city of San Francisco. Well to get this idea a reality in digital world, where large electronic sensors of Cameras are cost prohibitive, I decided to create a 200+ Megapixels of panorama by combining several smaller pictures where a panoramic picture has enough details for printing up to 4 ft by 14 ft without losing any details.
In order to get this vision to reality, I took about 40 individual shots using a telescopic lens (Canon EF 100-400 mark II) on Canon 5D mark III camera capturing every details of the scene. I had to use Apple Macbook PRO (with 16 GB RAM) to get every details combined from those 40 shots and make one panorama. I used Capture One 8 to process each individual image and I later combined using Photoshop CS6. Location of this picture is Forest Road in Treasure Island in San Francisco City.
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