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Magical Elowah: Oregon

"A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path"

If the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy could have been shot in any place other than New Zealand, I'm pretty sure Oregon would have been the first choice. The Columbia River Gorge is so incredibly beautiful with lush greenery and an infinite amount of waterfalls in all shapes and sizes. One of my favorites during my first visit here was the amazing Elowah falls. The falls is so huge that if you get close to it, you'll be soaked with spray. The trail is a windy fun hike starting from the highway, and soon, the sounds you hear change from buzzing cars to the chirping sounds of the forest. Near the end of the trail, you'll hear the falls thundering down, much like hearing an orchestra in an amphitheater. I tell you, I will visit this place again and again and again...

How was this shot taken:
There is a bridge in front of the falls that lets you walk across, but I found that to be a distracting element in a natural landscape. Being my typical crazy self, I jumped head first into the bushes, tripod and camera dangerously above me. I got into the water and thought this should be a no brainer. The more I waded in, the deeper the water got. Eventually, thigh deep in water, and surrounded by the friendly neighborhood mosquitos, I set up shop to take this shot. I had to take multiple exposures here, both for Depth of Field for which I used various focal points, and also for dynamic range. The sun was casting a harsh plane of light on the giant rock face near the falls. I had to wait for the sun to hide behind the clouds to capture that part of the image. My routine was quite simple. Focus, wipe lens, click, wipe lens, get soaked, wipe lens, click, etc etc. This was truly a rewarding hike, for I felt like I was in a zen state of mind in this beautiful temple of water.

How was this shot processed:
This is my first attempt at trying Depth of Field blending. Given that I had to use a long shutter speed for the water, the foliage appeared blurry since the wind decided that it would make the flowers dance. I had to take a separate exposure with a fast shutter speed for the foliage. Then using a combination of different focal points, I had to pain stakingly align and blend them for a proper DOF. This being said, each focal point had two exposures, which I blended for dynamic range prior to doing the DOF blend. Then I processed the image using the standard curves, and other adjustment layers. Phew.. I'm exhausted. Need a coffee...

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many thanks +Heiko Mahr ! Appreciate the kind words my friend. Honestly, the picture doesn't do justice to the awesome falls that this is :)
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Timescapes I : The Martian Warship La Jolla, San Diego

"We travel on a time machine but once, and one way only."

The first image from my new series, Timescapes. The basic idea behind this series is to show the passage of time in a single shot. More like an entire time-lapse sequence compressed into one shot. Hope you folks like it.

Please view this on Black, trust me it looks much more awesome

Do remember that today is #coffeethursday. Share your awesome coffee pictures with the #brewcrew +Maki Silberberg +Jason Kowing +Stuart Dyckhoff and myself!

More time travel coming soon ;)

How was this shot taken:
This was one of my pre-scouted locations. In fact, I visited this place a couple of days in advance when +Maximilian Laue and +Larry Nienkark  visited San Diego, and also met +Lisa Co  . However, sunset was a bust, but I found this interesting rock and decided to revisit it under better conditions. A couple of days later, it was the same story. Sunset was a bust, and I instead waited for twilight to set in. I captured two exposures, one for the foreground rock and water, and one for the sky with the stars. Then it was a case of careful blending.

How was this shot processed:
Balancing the light was the biggest challenge here. I didn't want to go too bright or too dark. I used luminosity masks, dodging and burning to achieve this look. Hope it appeals to you folks :)

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+Larry Nienkark : It was great to meet you and Max, Larry. I hope I can catch you two for a fog shot over the bridge soon! :)
+Garry McCarthy : thanks so much my friend! Are you up for an outing sometime soon?
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Landscape Photography Best of the Week!!!

Congratulations to all those great photographers whose photographs have been selected this week by the curators of #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Tom Sloan +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Tony Heyward +Sheila B. DuBois +Sandra Brown +Vishal Kumar +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky

Do you want to be a part of this circle?  Share one of your best landscape photographs to the +Landscape Photography theme.  Add the names of some of the curators and get one of them to share your photo to the theme page!!  Each week we will share the profiles of those whose photos have been selected to be shared to the theme page!!  They’re picky so share only you’re very best!!  Good luck!!  Be sure to share and follow these great folks.  They’re the Best of the Week!  

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Eye of the Sun Arches National Park, Utah

"What are men to rocks and mountains?"

I took this one back last during probably the worst time to visit the desert, early July. The heat was so intense that we could only go out early in the morning or late in the evening. The light also eluded us for the duration of our stay. However, it was a great chance for us to scout the place for the next visit. Note to self : You want Desserts not Deserts in summer.

How was this shot taken:
My friend and I went up to the windows section to catch the first light of the sun on the windows and turret. While everything looked very promising and clear, just as the sun came up, along came some friendly clouds and blocked it off. Just perfect right? That's nature for you. However, I did manage to get a brief moment during which it illuminated the turret. I added a person in the composition to show the scale of these magnificent formations. The picture doesn't do justice at all!

How was this shot processed:
First, I had to clone stamp out around a 1000 people from the shot. I took so many exposures with people moving all over that I lost count. That was the hardest processing step. For the rest of the image, I had to tease out whatever color was there.

P.S: This place is freakin crowded, even at 6am!! 

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+Craig Szymanski : Thanks very much Craig! Appreciate it my friend :)
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Could I put in a request to the kind folks here to take a moment to like and fav, if you like this image?Cheers .. Yes, I'm shameless. #500px  
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haha, many thanks +Johan Peijnenburg ! Appreciate the kind words my friend :)
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My #POTD   from +Swee Oh ! Just love seascapes like this. 

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The Goblet of Fire Page, Arizona

"The most tangible of all visible mysteries - fire."

Another one from the archives, this time 2012. Many things happened during this trip during which my camera setup fell into sand and stopped working before recovering to capture this sunset. 

How was this shot taken:
This is perhaps the scariest drop I've photographed. I was right at the ledge, and often I was just hugging the ground while my camera was taking the shot ;) 
I used a Singh Ray reverse ND grad to even the exposures, and a nice byproduct of that is that the filter leaves a red cast, which sort of added to the mood ;)

How was this shot processed:
I stuck with the cast, and didn't remove it intentionally. Other than that, this needed the removal of 35 dust spots due to the prior accident. I also add some contrast. 

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A Zabriskie Sunrise: Death Valley National Park

"Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance."

I remember reading some famous Ansel Adams quote which said "When you're done taking a picture, turn around 180 degrees", but perhaps in more refined language than what has been produced here. 

Not being one to dismiss his words, I did just that. After The first rays of the sun hit the peaks at Zabriskie point, I turned around 180 to find the sun making everything glow in its wake :)

Do remember that today is #coffeethursday , so share your hot piping coffee pictures with the #brewcrew  +Jason Kowing , +Stuart Dyckhoff +Maki Silberberg and myself! :)

How was this shot taken:
I had my tripod planted down firmly on a sloping cliff. Sounds hilarious right? But that's the only real estate I had since there were a bazillion gazillion trillion photographers to the left, right, top, bottom and wherever else you could possibly imagine. I knew that bracketing was a must here, so I took 5 exposures, of which I used only 3 in the end. But, as they say, better safe than sorry ;)

How was this shot processed:
I blended 3 exposures using luminosity masks, and then worked some curves magic for tonal balance and contrast :)

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many thanks +Lena Brown & +George Fletcher :)
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Photographer by passion. Love Nature, Landscapes and people :)
Introduction
Hi, I'm Sairam, an engineer by profession, but a photographer by passion. Photography is something I've been really passionate about. It was in early 2010 when I got my first SLR, a Canon Rebel Xs, that things became serious. I predominantly shoot landscapes and nature, although I dabble with other forms of photography. I always try to seek out the best light in the scene, and try to convey the emotions I experience through my pictures. I'm deeply inspired by Ansel Adams, Steve McCurry and other great photographers. 

My goal in photography is to create images that move you, make you experience it in the same way that I did. I hope to inspire you with my work, and in turn be inspired by yours.

Interviews and Publications:

2012:

- Published in Plus One Collection Magazine, Architecture issue, October 2012 :plusonecollection.com/preview-magazine/ 

Published in Exposed Magazine, May 2012

Published in 500px blog, Best of 2012, City and Architecture Category :500px.com/blog/403/best-of-2012-city-architecture

- Featured Photographer of the week on adidap.com, November 2012 :www.adidap.com/2012/11/10/photographer-of-the-week-sairam...

Interview with Fotoshkola, a Russian school of photography : fotoshkola.net/blog/sairam-sundaresan/




You can follow me on:

My Website : www.sairamsundaresan.com/

500px : 500px.com/FilterKaapi 

Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Pixels-Photography/235891766502237...

Google+ : plus.google.com/112763558414523707325/posts

1x : http://1x.com/#!/artist/223389 





Gear :

Camera(s) :

- Canon 5D Mark iii 
Canon 7D (Dead :( ) 
- Canon Rebel Xs (Sold) 

Lenses 

Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 L ultra wide angle lens
Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L lens (walk around)
- Canon 50mm f/1.8 Prime lens
- Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Kit lens (sold)
- Canon 55-250mm f/4.0 telephoto lens (sold)
- Canon 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 telephoto lens (sold)
- Canon 10-22mm f/4.0 ultra wide angle lens (dead :( )

Filters :

B+W 10 stop ND filter 
B+W 6 stop ND filter
- B+W Circular Polarizer
- Singh Ray Reverse Grad ND 0.9 hard edge filter
Lee 0.9 Hard edge Grad ND filter

Tripod :

- Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head
Gitzo GT0531 Series 0 6X Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod with G-Lock

All photos are copyrighted by Sairam Sundaresan. Do NOT use my images on blogs, websites, or anywhere else without my explicit permission. I'm glad to work with you on projects. 

For prints and other information, please contact me through my website
 :www.sairamsundaresan.com
Bragging rights
Flew an Airplane and Dived off of one too ;)
Education
  • University of Michigan
    Electrical Engineering, 2009 - 2010
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