Week 50 – Landscape: Symmetrical

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Here’s Week 50 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 50 is Landscape; specifically, Symmetrical. This is the last Landscape challenge in the 52-week Photo Challenge series. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took at Yosemite National Park during my recent visit. This is a 5 or 6 shot panorama of the Tenaya Lake. The reason I decided to use this photo was the perfect reflection of the Stately Pleasure Dome and Tenaya Peak on the waters. This to me signified symmetry.

Week 49: Portrait Dancing

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Here’s Week 49 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 49 is Portrait; specifically, Dancing. This is the last Portrait Challenge in the 52-week Photo Challenge series. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots I took in Rajasthan, India. We were in a 8 or 9 day tour of Rajasthan. Sowmya and I had a fabulous time. One of the best vacations. This shot was taken in Jaisalmer; specifically, I took this on our camel safari on the Thar Desert. After riding on the camel for about 20 or 25 minutes, we came to this area of the desert where we spent some time enjoying the Sunset. It was an awesome Sunset. Not the colorful sky with clouds and burn that I am used to now but a huge orange ball dropping with the waves of desert as far as the eye can see. While we were enjoying the Sunset, the tour guide managed to get us some beer as well as some local dancers. I shot this of one of the dancers with the setting Sun in the background.

Week 48: Artistic Bokeh

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Here’s Week 48 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 48 is Artistic; specifically, Bokeh. This is the last Artistic Challenge in the 52-week Photo Challenge series. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took during my trip to Fort Bragg. Sowmya and I spent Memorial Day weekend camping in the beautiful Mendocino Coast. We had such a good time. We definitely are planning to do that again.

This particular shot was taken at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. More than me, Sowmya enjoyed the garden quite a bit. I think she really enjoys Macro Photography. We spent several hours photographing and enjoying the different flowers in the park. I liked this shot a lot. I was able to get great bokeh.

Week 47 – Landscape: Abandoned

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Here’s Week 47 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 47 is Landscape; specifically, Abandoned. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took during our camping trip to Fort Bragg. We had such a great time during this trip. One of the things we did during this trip was ride the Skunk Train. The train ride was pretty good; very scenic and peaceful. I didn’t come up with a lot of good shots but that’s not always the goal. Sowmya and I both truly enjoyed the ride.

We got to the train station a little early and we were roaming around. I saw this old building that looked abandoned. I thought it would make a good subject and took a photo. I actually did HDR to get the dynamic range.

Week 44 – Landscape: A Tree

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Here’s Week 44 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 44 is Landscape; specifically, A Tree. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use the shot I took of the infamous Lone Cypress Tree in Monterey Bay. I actually had multiple options for this – the Lone Cypress Tree, the Lone Jeffrey Pine Tree in Olmsted Point, the tree I shot at sunset near my house, the starbursts I shot using trees at Lundy Canyon. But when I saw this challenge, the first thing that came to mind is the Lone Cypress tree. I was here late afternoon and did long-exposure to smooth the water.

Week 43: Portrait – Elderly

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Here’s Week 43 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 43 is Portrait; specifically, Elderly. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took during my trip to Rajasthan, India. We were visiting a temple and I saw this elderly gentleman selling peacock feathers. I loved the way he looked with the orange turban, while shirt, and peacock feathers. So, I took 1 shot with his permission. I didn’t want him to pose so I was looking for a moment and Sowmya struck a conversation with him. I am not sure what they talked about but he had a big smile on his face and I immediately frame and clicked.

Week 41 – Landscape: Get High

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Here’s Week 41 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 41 is Landscape; specifically, Get High. The goal was to find a high perspective to shoot landscape. This is opposite to the last Landscape challenge, where the goal was to get low.

For this week’s challenge, I decided to use another shot from my recent trip to Yosemite National Park. On the 2nd day of our recent trip to Yosemite with Sowmya’s mom, we decided to drive up Tioga Pass. This road is closed most of the year and it’s only open for a few months. It was a great experience driving and stopping at different spots. One of the spots we stopped was Olmsted Point. This is one of the highest points in the park and the hike to the viewpoint is very short (less than half mile) but the views are breathtaking. Since you are pretty high up, the wind was pretty high as well.

Week 38 – Landscape: Get Low

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Here’s Week 38 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 38 is Landscape; specifically, Get Low. The goal was to shoot a landscape from a low point of view. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took on my recent trip to Yosemite National Park. After about 10 years I visited Yosemite in April with my BIL & family. Since then I have been to Yosemite about 5 times. I will be visiting one more time (hopefully) before the end of the year. Yosemite National Park is one of my favorite places on earth. Not just to photography, but just to visit and take in nature in all its glory.

Anyways, I took this shot from the Gates of Valley (Valley View) and I was on a rock very close to the water pretty much crouched on the rock.

Week 35 – Landscape: Nature Up Close

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Here’s Week 35 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 35 is Landscape; specifically, Nature Up Close. For this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took right outside my house in the front yard. One of the new lenses I ordered arrived and I was experimenting with it. After debating for years (literally), I finally decided to pull the trigger on the Canon 100mm Macro lens. I don’t know why I think so much about spending money to get things that I truly enjoy. In any cases, after a lot of consideration and some hard push from Sowmya, I decided to buy this lens.

When it arrived, I went to the front yard to test the lens as we have a lot of flowers. While I was taking photos of some flowers, I see a couple of Monarch Butterflies. One sat very close to me and I was able to take this shot. Macro is something I’d like to get into but it’s going to take a lot of learning. I know Sowmya will use this lens quite a bit as well.

Week 33 – Artistic: Collaboration

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Here’s Week 33 of the 52-week Photo Challenge. The challenge for week 33 is Artistic; specifically, Collaboration. The goal was to shoot something (anything) but in collaboration with another artist. So, for this week’s challenge, I decided to use one of the shots that I took in Panther Beach A few of us went to Panther Beach for sunset and Light Painting. This time around, I didn’t just shoot somebody spinning the steel wool, I got into it as well. A fellow Photographer and I ‘collaborated’ together and this is one of the shots we came up with.