Friday, July 24, 2009

A Trip to Lake George

Every photography trip teaches me something, and this one was no different. Although I knew that we would be staying near a water body and most of my pics will involve water in it, I took a “calculated risk” of not ordering circular polarizing filter for my lenses (they were too expensive and I didn’t want to spend money on filters for sometime).

As I imagined, I absolutely missed the polarizers. The reason – reflectivity of the water. Water reflects great deal of light, which looks great for a naked eye, but in a picture – its the most dreadful thing. You end up with pictures badly exposed where ever there is reflection and picture will not be as beautiful as the scene might have looked to the naked eye.

Circular Polarizer removes reflections and enhances the blue light. Which is great for landscape pics.

So keeping in mind this issue, I had to shoot in a way which would either make the reflections look good or avoid reflections in the photograph.

Lake George is a scenic place, there are million things you could photograph – Its picturesque, its beautiful. Suni, Adi and I enjoyed the beauty thoroughly.

Here are some of the results

First day – Hotel where we stayed had a beach! and Adi loved it. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The boats moored were a pleasing sight. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The Pier was picture perfect! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
This was happy to be photographed!! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
A nice scene OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Views from our room on either side. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
More boats… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
We decided to cruise a bit OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
We went on a most romantic dinner cruise! Lovely OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The flight ! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The Landing OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
A Photographer and his wife – Picture taken by a Japanese tourist! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
..and as usual Adi found some friends to play on the boat!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
totally going crazy!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Great scenes from the cruise OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Some panoramic…. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Different shades… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Speed boat coming straight at us OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Romantic… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
After the cruise, its time for the fireworks. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Beautiful…
All the fireworks are tripod mounted F/4 @ 4 seconds. ISO 100 to reduce noise.
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And more… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The 2nd day was the day for trekking!
Our little helper! Did a good job!
Do you think we were dressed similar?! hmmm…
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The forest!
Never shoot the ground when shooting inside a forest….it will be boring (unless you have exotic animals roaming around)!
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The water fall! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
In the evening we at the “Top of the World” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Beautiful! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
After the top of the world, we went to the winery!
Impressive
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Where Suni met Mr. Frankenstein!! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Last day was the day for Prospect Mountain! Beautiful View! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
More panorama!
How I did it? With a tripod, its a composite of 8 individual pictures stitched in Photoshop.
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First thing that I did after coming back from the trip – ordered a polarizer!   :-)

Thanks for watching! Enjoy and take care…

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