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The Sourland Mountain Visit

In October, my friend Khurt Williams and I chose to go on a photo hike to the Sourland Mountain. It was a beautiful day.

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We arrived at the parking lot with quite a few other cars. I did not expect the place to be crowded but surprisingly most of the people came to relax at the pond. Others chose different trails around the mountain.AKS_6734

We proceeded to walk on a path of dry leaves with a little moss covered rocks. It was a beautiful fall day. It was my first time to the mountain so it was a pleasant surprise for me.AKS_6736

Tall trees with golden leaves on a bright blue sky was enough attraction for me.AKS_6730

But there was more than just trees. Where ever I turned, there was a beautiful foliage to capture.AKS_6727

Even when I looked down.AKS_6726

The crunching leaves under our feet.AKS_6724

It was bright day with a lot of light.

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The dry leaves covering the path surrounded by woods was a beautiful sight.

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The path visible at times and in some cases we saw fallen trees from a storm.AKS_6743

I am sure trees fall often here because of the large number of tall trees.AKS_6747

There are some really tall trees. My guess is about 100-120 feet.

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After a long and tiring search for the river, we found the stream. It was a dry season unfortunately, but we were happy with the little water we could find.AKS_6770

There is a quarry nearby and the milky water seems to be coming from that direction.AKS_6779

My friend Khurt crossing the stream. There was very little water but it was slippery. AKS_6783

We enjoyed the good weather and sunlight. The natural scenery was a pleasure for our eyes.AKS_6801

We captured some images and were on our way back to the pond near the parking area.AKS_6781Even though we completed our photo hike, my mind was still lingering around the beauty of the Sourland Mountain. It maybe titled Sourland, but I see some sweetness in it. 🙂 I hope to come back in Spring next year with my family.

 

It’s Spring!

Its spring time in the northern hemisphere. We experienced summer like temperature last few weeks in NJ. This week is back to spring temperatures again. 🙁 We were surprised with the temperature jump from winter to summer like weather conditions. The plants and trees might be confused with the crazy weather I guess. When I went on recent photo walks, I took some pictures using my iPhone. Below is one I would like to share.


 This tree amused me because of the number of flowers it had. I think it is a cherry tree of some kind. It was an amazing site to see the spring blooms in a row. Some areas have a heavenly feeling with the blooming flowers. When I think about my favorite season, I believe spring spring would be my be.

Over the weekend I attended a HDR workshop. I learned a lot about processing photos and the different techniques. More over the valuable lesson is post processing could make a good picture look better. Other than the few apps like Photoforge2, color splash and painteresque, I have not used Aperture on my iMac yet. Keep an eye in my next post for my experience with Aperture and the minor tweaks to my photographs.

Changing Seasons – 1

It has been a few days since my last post and as I recover from my viral flu I can focus on the many topics floating in my head. Now that we are in March, I am sure every one of us globally are talking about changing weather. Some may be happy about the change and some not so happy. People in my region are looking forward to spring and the good weather to go out.

Antenna - Freezing Rain 2011 (iPhonography)

We had good weather this winter with less than usual snow. The previous winter we had more snow storms, freezing rains and below freezing days in general. We are still not out of the woods yet. We still have another few weeks of winter before we are officially in spring. When I lived in upstate NY, the expectation of the weather was completely different from what I have in central NJ. There are many things associated with change in weather. Travelling will be difficult with bad weather conditions. Prices go up for some products and more over there seems to be a sense of unreliability. Weather is controlled by nature and no matter how experienced an expert is the predictions can be a failure.

 

VW Routan Wiper Blades (iPhonography)

The purpose of lifting the wiper blades up during a snow storm has been defeated during the freezing rain storm in 2011. Luckily this winter we did not have any major freezing rain in my area and it saved a lot of time and effort. This is one of the major reasons why many people like Spring and Summer compared to Autumn and Winter.

 

My Backyard (iPhonography)

 

There is no good or bad aspect about changing weather. Nature has to take it’s course for the world to keep functioning in a natural order. Even though we as individuals find it difficult to manage in certain ways to do our routine work, there are things that occur beyond my/our knowledge.

Man has lived under different weather conditions globally ranging from the hottest deserts to the coldest deserts. I have heard in various discourses about how seasons can change out of order with the change in righteousness followed by the world citizens.

Photography – My way Part 1

Almost every photography app I came across for my iPhone and iPad interested me in a different way. The apps that I bought are Camera+, Photoforge2, ColorSplash and Painteresque. When shopping around for apps, I try to create my use case for the requirements I have and I might have. If I find it beneficial and useful, I go ahead with the purchase. I will review these apps in another post, one fine day but today I wanted to share my compositions.

Painteresque - The Gazebo

I was amazed with the painteresque app and really enjoyed seeing the outcome of the images from this app. Not all photos will be suitable for this app. I found the gazebo interesting in this view. It is a nice place to sit and eat on warm days. The near by pond and the absence of building on the one side gives it a relaxed atmosphere. This might appear concealed for those who dont venture behind Panera.

Panera Meal

Panera Bread is a chain restaurant and is one of my favorite places to eat near my work. I like the Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich combo with the creamy tomato soup. On a recent photo walk with my colleagues I thought this combination on the left could be interesting.

 

 

 

Painteresque - The Walk

 

This is a narrow pathway near my work and recently some of my colleagues and I have been spending some time here during lunch to experiment our photography skills. I would like to thank two models in this pic. 🙂

Color Splash - The blue pond

 

Playing with the color splash app. This was my first attempt with working on color splash. I dont think I got the outline of the pond precisely. However it is work in progress and it will get better with experience. I am particularly excited working with such compositions.

 

Looking forward to the reviews and suggestions for improvement.

My Macros – 1

I have always wanted to put together my collection of Macros and other photographs categorically but that again is a pet project for one fine day. I thought it might be a good start to display a few unedited macros as my first official photography post.

Captured in Canton, MA. I think it is an Africanized Honey Bee.

While visiting a friend, I was attracted to his back yard and captured this worker bee hard at work. As per my quick research, it seems to be an Africanized Honey Bee. If any of my blog followers are Entomologists or bee experts please can confirm this.

Mill Pond Park, Montgomery, NJ

I have learned from some experts to get close to my subjects and as close as possible. It makes a big difference when compared with a similar image above zoomed in. I also prefer my images with a person or character. It gives more life to a picture. I believe the guy sitting on this plant is a field fly.

Mill Pond Park, Montgomery, NJ

I tried to get a bug/character on this image as well but it was too fast for me and I lost the patience to follow it after few minutes. Besides my family and friends walked way too far away from me in the park and I was afraid I might not catch up on the conversations. My intentions to visit the park was multi purposed one and the macros were a plus. Looking forward to the critics. 🙂

Let me try this Blogging thing…

Hello World! The blogging thing always interests me but I kept procrastinating in my virgin attempts. There are various topics and news that interest me at any given time. The few topics that catches my attention are:

  1. Technology
  2. Photography
  3. History
  4. Other 😉

Being in the field of technology and management of technology, I have a lot of interest in related news and products. I have developed a passion for Apple products and the company as a whole. For the past 2 years I started viewing the world differently through  my camera. I am constantly trying to improve my photography skill set by taking a lot of pictures of my toddler, landscape and any given scenario that interests me. History is one subject that I have a lot of interest from childhood. I am always amazed at how things change and the passage to the present day of my forefathers. In addition to my ancestral history I have much interest in the evolution of mankind, cultural/religious beliefs, migration and civilization routes, etc. My views and writings will be based on the  facts, never the less they are still my personal views.

I welcome you to view your world with my lens.

-Prasi