Week 25 – Portrait: Silhouette


Here’s Week 25 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 25 is Portrait; specifically, Silhouette. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took of Sowmya at Carmel-by-the-Sea during Sunset.

We decided to spend a day in the Monterey Bay as Sowmya’s mom was visiting us and we wanted to take her to Monterey Pier, 17-Mile Drive, and the surrounding areas. We had a lot of fun during the day both at Monterey Pier as well as 17-Mile Drive. My thought was to head to Point Lobos State Park of Sunset. I have been there before and it is simply gorgeous. What I didn’t know was that the State Park closed at 7. The sunset was past 8 that day. So, we were scrambling to figure out where to go for sunset and decided to go to Carmel. I was worried that parking will be difficult but we got lucky. We got parking pretty close to the beach.

The sunset from Carmel was simply spectacular. One of the best we have seen. Before we headed back, I took this shot of Sowmya and it turned out great.


Week 24 – Artistic: Sparkle!


Here’s Week 24 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 14 is Artistic; specifically, Sparkle. The goal was to shoot something that sparkles. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of my first attempts at Light Painting with steel wool. Sowmya and I decided to head to Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz to spend the afternoon. We spend a little time at the beach in the late afternoon and decided to head to the Lighthouse for sunset. We parked in the wrong place so we ended up walking a long way to get to the Lighthouse. Oh, Sowmya was limping as she took a tumble in the beach. How she managed to do that, I have no idea. She was scratched and bruised but luckily nothing broke.

Anyways, we went to the Lighthouse and we both were walking up and down taking photos. I saw a bunch of Photographers there. Sowmya asked me to talk to them but I didn’t want to. Thank god for Sowmya’s insistence though. I talked to one of the guys who spoke Tamil. We chatted for a few minutes and he mentioned a few of them are there for Light Painting. I had no idea what they were planning. While I was walking out of the Lighthouse, one of the guys asked if I wanted to stay and try to shoot Light Painting. They didn’t have to ask me twice.

We ended up staying very late and I got introduced to the world of Light Painting and Steel Wool. We used the Walton Lighthouse as the backdrop and one of the Photographers did his thing with Steel Wool. We ended up with some decent shots. Here’s one of them.

Thanks to Sowmya’s insistence, I am now part of a Photography Meetup group and I have been on several Photography trips made new friends, and have improved my Photography significantly. I was supposedly the 5th person to join the group and we are now over 15 Photographers in the group.

Week 23 – Landscape: Weather


Here’s Week 23 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 23 is Landscape; specifically, Weather. The goal was to feature the unpredictable weather as the main subject in this week’s challenge.

For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took during one of my recent visits to San Francisco to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge. A few of us (from the Photography group) decided to head to San Francisco to shoot the Golden Gate Bridge from Hawk Hill. To start with, we encountered heavy traffic in SF. The closer we got to Golden Gate Bridge, we realized that the trip isn’t really going to work out as well as we hoped as there was heavy fog. We were driving on the bridge and could barely see the towers. When we went up to Hawk Hill, the fog was so dense that we couldn’t really see anything. So, we decided to go to Fort Point to try out luck. Most of the time, the bridge was covered in thick fog. This is one shot where the fog cleared a bit for me to get a glimpse of the bridge.

Week 21 – Artistic: Fantasy


Here’s Week 21 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 21 is Artistic; specifically, Fantasy. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use another shot that I took during my trip to Disney Land. What better place to find subjects for fantasy than Disney Land. I wish I had known about this challenge during my time; I would have tried to spend time planning my shots. Well, I didn’t know! So maybe I should go out and find another subject to shoot for this challenge rather than using an old one. That’s the point of this challenge anyway. That’s what I should do. Well, let me use this photo for now. But I am going to be on the lookout for subjects for my fantasy photo shoot. Halloween is too far out! Maybe comic con or something similar. We’ll see!