Hidden in the Sunlight

I went through a -third- or -fourth- pass through some of my Yosemite photos and I think I’m happy with this one.

As we were waiting to get on the shuttle in Mariposa Grove, we walked around the parking lot to get our first glimpses of the giant sequoias.  It was a cloudy day with the sun peeking out occasionally and I caught this little grove with the sequoia and other trees just as the sun came out and lit it up.  If there ever was a time to realize how important light is in photography, it was on this trip.

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I’ve Been Scarce

I haven’t blogged on here in a long time, and I’ve been pretty scarce over on Flickr, as well as Twitter. The truth is I haven’t even really touched most of my photos in a very long time.  Last week, I was in Yosemite National Park, which was a mind-blowing experience. The park is absolutely amazing – it’s so vast, I feel like you can’t even fit it into your brain.

Of course, I took tons of photos.  But once I got back and started sorting through them, I was just so disgusted with everything. I don’t know if it’s just something I’m going through and maybe if I look at them again in a week or two, they’ll be much better looking to me than my first pass, or if truly, they’re all a bunch of crap.  I’m leaning towards the latter, but hoping for the former.

Within this week, I’ve said a bunch of times to myself and a couple times to others, that maybe I’m not cut out for this photography stuff.  I don’t know.  I’m experiencing so much self-doubt right now.  Thankfully, I’ve learned, through friends on Twitter, that it’s not just me going through this and that (hopefully) I’ll get through it soon and get back to normal shooting.

But at the same time, I think I need to figure out a couple things.  Need to figure out what kind of photographer I am, need to maybe figure out what I’m actually good at and focus on that.  Or not.  Mostly I think I need to think things through.

Here’s hoping I’ll be back on the photo train by next week!
(I may maybe post some of my iPhone photos from Yosemite – I’m actually happier with them than I am with my DSLR photography!)

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SathyaJuly 8, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Once in a while , having these doubts are probably good, maybe they just indicate that ur not happy with what ur creating at this point and always looking to get better …
portrait, landscape, nature, street, photographer, no photographer – reflecting back is definitely good. One of the few things that creative arts helps us learn right … :)
hoping u will get thru this quickly and share some of the shots from awesome Yosemite (the place of which I have only heard and awed and yet to visit !!!)

PreetiJuly 15, 2011 - 8:54 am

Thanks for your words, Sathya! I agree with your thoughts. Hopefully will be sharing a couple of photos over the next few weeks!

Kermit Ruffins in NYC!

I love New Orleans and it follows that I would love New Orleans jazz.  In the last couple of months especially, I’ve really gotten into the music that comes out of NOLA.  One of my favorite jazz musicians is Kermit Ruffins. I recently became a fan of his on Facebook. It must have been serendipity because he was playing this week in NYC and I was able to get tickets!

The show was at the Highline  Ballroom in the Meatpacking District.  Unfortunately, it was a weeknight (sigh, work) and we had to leave early – early being a misnomer because we left at 11pm to slog back to NJ and the show had just hit intermission! It was an amazing performance nonetheless!  I took along my G11, not wanting to lug around the big DSLR. All the images were shot at ISO 3200 and were super noisy but I tried to fix them up as much as possible with Lightroom‘s Noise Reduction feature.

They serve dinner there which, while expensive, was actually tasty (vegan sliders FTW!)

We arrived early just in case. Thankfully it didn’t get super packed at any point.

The show opened with Henry Butler, an amazing blue pianist. He performed for almost an hour and a half!

Feel It

In between sets. Here I must mention that I was in love with the lighting at the venue. I could probably sit and just take photos of an empty stage with all the various lighting they employ.

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers take the stage!
(On another note, I really hated that stupid mic in front of the stage, which was there for no reason as no one used it, except to mess up my photos. Alas.)

Jerry Anderson on drums

Emile Vinette on piano (our favorite of the three!)

Kevin Morris on bass

Soul
Mykia Jovan
, a jazz/blues/soul singer, also performed at the show and I just loved her voice!

Trumpet Your Heart Out

I heard the rest of the performance was amazing and I’m still sad that we missed it. This means we’ll definitely have to head back to NOLA soon and catch him there!

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carlaatMay 24, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Fantastic photos! You need to share these with Kermit! And you got to hear Henry Butler too – lucky! I hope that people were able to get up and dance and move around – I think New Orleans music like Kermit’s is meant to be danced to!

Thanks for finding me and for sharing this post with me!

Cheers!

SathyaMay 25, 2011 - 2:06 pm

i know nothing abt jazz, but u got some shots with amazing back lighting !

MaryJune 20, 2011 - 9:39 pm

Wonderful lighting effects you captured here, Preeti! Beautiful portraiture, too. I feel like I am there. I will have to check out this music online….perhaps I can find it on youtube! Thanks for sharing…:) Hope your summer is going awesomely!
Mary

Nature in the Details

One of my favorite things to photograph is plants – the non-flowering parts along with the flowering parts.  I love all the various shades of greens and how unique each one is.  And in particular, I love getting up close and personal, capturing the details.  A couple months ago, watching Discovery Channel’s LIFE, I really enjoyed the Plant episode – people think plants are static, never-moving, boring, but the exact opposite is true!

Nature is amazing and there is so much out there to see.  To celebrate Earth Day, I thought I’d go back into my archives and dig up some of the cool plant photos that haven’t seen the light of day yet.

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SathyaApril 23, 2011 - 2:13 am

There is something magical about the shallow DOF. Love the green green grasslings on the brown background !!!

Karan KauchhurApril 28, 2011 - 10:44 pm

love the first shot

PreetiMay 1, 2011 - 11:45 am

Thanks!

PreetiMay 1, 2011 - 11:45 am

Thanks, Sathya! Yeah, I’m a big fan of shallow DOF. I love using my 105mm macro lens! Most of the shots in this post were taken with it.

At the Water’s Edge

This is another series I put together from a photowalk at the park this weekend, a collection of dried up plants and branches along the lake at Thompson Park.

I don’t normally do a lot of black and white imagery, though I really love admiring others’ b+w work, but when I saw the first photo in Lightroom, I knew it had to be converted.  The second one really fit well with the first.  I’m not 100% happy with the last image as part of this series, and I might replace it with something else after another trip out there at a later date.

(Click to enlarge)

Individually:

At the Water’s Edge #1

At the Water’s Edge #2

At the Water’s Edge #3

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NateApril 16, 2011 - 10:37 am

Hey there!

Even though you’re big into bright vivid colors, I still think you do good work with B+K. Just letting you know!

p.s. – I was just reading your India via Iphone post – Man I’d love to head out that way, India/Nepal, two places I want to go pretty badly.

Keep up the good work,
– Nate

PreetiMay 1, 2011 - 11:47 am

Thanks so much, Nate. Yeah, I try to experiment here and there, sometimes it works. :)

I’m sure you’ll be able to make it out in that direction eventually. You’re quite the traveler! Sorry I haven’t been by your blog lately, I definitely have a lot to catch up on. Will be by soon!

Rookie PhotographerJune 10, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Amazing Shots. I loved your work