Two weeks of yoga, sight seeing and photography is finished. Met new people, worked on my body & spirit a little, ate great Indian food, and did a bunch of shopping. Even the plane rides weren’t all that bad really. I can say that now although the complaints of the 34 hour trip home, at the time, were very real.
I’m in the process of gathering photos from everybody who went on the trip and a couple of people we only recently met and sadly left behind in Bangalore. The plan is to post them all in one gallery on my Smugmug.com website so we can all see the different points of view from the individuals of our group, mostly from Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton. It’s a chore and I’m happy to be doing this. I’ll post the link after everybody is heard from and the gallery is filled.
On our last night in India I climbed to the top of a tower that is under construction at the yoga retreat to take the sunset photo. The tower will be a full functioning observatory in 2-3 months if all goes as planned. In India, however, I learned that things rarely go as planned.
Getting a decent sunset photo is somewhat of a challenge. You can’t just let your camera go willy-nilly and self meter or the sun will be a blown out ball of fire. Well, not really fire because there will be no color at all… just a burned out white flash which obliterates the color in the sky and everything else in the frame. To shoot this photo I shut down my aperture to f22, it’s smallest size, lowered the ISO to 200 and then turned the exposure compensation to -4 stops.
It’s the same with shooting the moon at night. you need to carefully adjust your exposure to dampen the light and so you don’e end up with a white disk where the craters & seas on the moon should be. We had a full moon last week on the trip and one of the ladies in our group was having some trouble with that and ask me for help. She ended up with a very nice moonshot over the palm trees!