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04 June 2006 @ 11:12 pm
Mission Peak  
I just got back from a tough hike on Mission peak near Fremont in California. While it was tough, it was certainly worth the effort and the views from the top were nothing short of spectacular. And of course, there were birds and mammals too.

And during the trek one of my friends was greatly amused by the amount of camera gear I was carrying. He was using one of those good point and shoot non-DSLR digital cameras which could do 10x 12x zoom and even had image stabilization. His said his camera could do as much wide angle and zoom as my camera and that too I had to use different lenses for different things whereas his camera could do all that and for a fraction of the price - so my camera gear was a total waste of money. Well, what could I say? There's only one thing where my camera shines and that for me is it's most important purpose - clarity and sharpness of the image. :)

I know he will read this, so I hope these pictures prove me right.

California Ground Squirrel

California Ground Squirrel

Horned Lark

Horned Lark

Western Meadowlark

Current Mood: calmcalm
(¯`·._.·[ (SIL) ]·._.·´¯)cyberscorpion on June 5th, 2006 02:56 am (UTC)
Nice pics dude... There's a huge difference b/w a DSLR and a Prosumer.. when it comes to low-light and sharpness, nothing can beat a DSLR
kejnkejn on June 5th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
I hope these pictures prove me right

if that doesn't do it, i don't know what would! :-)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on June 5th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, what wonderful SHARP photos. I hope you paid attention to the meadowlark's song as well, one of the most beautiful bird songs in the west.
Yathinyathin on June 5th, 2006 11:20 am (UTC)
Unfortunately I learnt about the meadowlark's song only after I came back and checked in my bird book. I think I should pay more attention the next time I come across this. :(
depontideponti on June 5th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
Very informative
I think I will just keep one string that says "superb photos" and cut and paste it every time I visit your LJ!!

Very sharp and crisp images...I usually notice only the contents of photos...but photos of people like you and Kalyan make me notice SOME technical stuff too! I am glad you went with "all the heavy camera stuff"! You are now much fitter and we are much happier!
mannu on June 5th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
The last one's the best (if I have to choose one).
depontideponti on June 5th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
...and I forgot to mention...
I do believe that no matter what the equipment, it is the eye of the photographer as also his/her skills that matter. To your words,"clarity and sharpness of the image", I would add, "and the vision that the photographer translates into a picture that others can share."

Perhaps the cameras have arrived which can do all that your equipment can do, at a fraction of the price and the weight...so what? You would think Margaret Bourke-White's equipment bulky...but it's what it produced that's important. And not everyone can afford to throw away sets of costly equipment and upgrade all the time. I know how long my husband thought before shifting from his Canon EOS 5D to the digital Canon EOS20...it was a whole new ball-game for him. And until I did some spade-work into the costs of photography, I thought he had gone mad to spend so much on a camera and then on the various lenses!

So ignore all such comments, the guy was just being thoughtless. I am sure that if you had a brownie camera in your hands you would still produce great pics with it!(If I ever meet you I would like to see the early pics you took.)

BTW does the Bay area have the chain of stores called "The Sharper Image"? Great place for gadgetry! Your words made me think of it...If there's one in your part of the country, check it out.
Yathinyathin on June 5th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: ...and I forgot to mention...
> see the early pics you took

It's all here:

> chain of stores called "The Sharper Image"?

Yep, there's one very close to where I live. Will try and check it out.
depontideponti on June 5th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
Re: ...and I forgot to mention...
I spent the last one hour looking at your photographs, and I don't need to tell you what I think!

Communication through any medium allows you to share what you have with others, and it's great to look at the US and its wildlife through your eyes right now.

And don't blame me if you spend too much at the Sharper Image...!
handsfreethakur on June 6th, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: ...and I forgot to mention...
Wait a min, you just said the equipment don't matter, it is the photographer that matters more. This seemed like what the person in question was suggesting. And then you say the guy was just being thoughtless
suhassuhas on June 5th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
That moron must be our very own AJ =)).
The last photo kicks ass dude. Heard your stay got extended. Good for you ;).
Yathinyathin on June 5th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
The person's identity is going to remain a secret, but I guess there aren't many secrets in this world which you don't know. ;)

suhassuhas on June 5th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
Did you use a tripod for the last one?
Yathinyathin on June 5th, 2006 12:30 pm (UTC)
Nopes. I don't even have a tripod with me in the US. The one I have is back home in India. :)
Alikialiki on June 5th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
Wow, definitely sharp!
ZuZusuzan_s on June 5th, 2006 12:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know how your friend's pics turned out but THESE are EXCELLENT!
friedmomo on June 5th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Brilliant Yathin!

Whenever someone presents nice candid pics of Birds, I feel compelled to ask the specs.. So what lens!?

I noticed that your pics have a "Warm" white balance. Is it intentional?
Yathinyathin on June 5th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
> So what lens!?

Nikon 300mm f/4 D AFS

> "Warm" white balance

I usually tend to like warmer colors when post-processing since they seem to be more similar to what I actually saw.
arucard2 on June 5th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
fantastic stuff Yathin. The last one is the best by far. Maybe a slightly closer crop on the first one?

hmm.. the 300mm lens is very desirable. I love the warmer tones.
Yathinyathin on June 5th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
> Maybe a slightly closer crop on the first one?

yep. I think the crop would definitely help on the first one.
ajatajat on June 5th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
Is yer friend-wiff-the-digicam-loff from the usa ? And --- have you shifted there for good or what ?
Yathinyathin on June 5th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
> Is yer friend-wiff-the-digicam-loff from the usa ?


> have you shifted there

ajat: Hmmmmm ...ajat on June 8th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
So, when are ye getting back ? Love to go naturing with you sometime …

Yathinyathin on June 8th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
Sometime during the end of this month - not sure about the date though.
ajatajat on June 11th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
Ah, ye're on a trip … work-trip, or something like that … Have fun !

Yathinyathin on June 11th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, work trip. I'm still not quite there to take months off from work and travel around taking photographs - though I'd love to do that at some point in my life. :)
ajat: Hmmmmm ...ajat on June 12th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
Are ye an IT person ?

Yathinyathin on June 19th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh well - technically yes.