Queen of the Night blooms at night. By next day morning, the flower would have withered. Furthermore, the flowers bloom only once a year. The short life means that the flowers cannot be photographed if one is not ready at the right time.
When a Queen of the Night started to open in my garden, I kept a watch. At around 10 at night, the petals had opened up. But the light was low and I could hardly make out the flower in the darkness.
A flash did not produce the desired result. I then used an LED light. It was directed upwards at the flower. Exposure was f/4.5 at 1/50 sec. ISO rating was 400. Subject distance was 380 mm. I made several shots and then photomerged them together in Photoshop.
I was riding my Honda Activa a few days back in Vasai. It was late evening and darkness was falling. Although the monsoon season was coming to a close, there were some clouds low in the sky. The sky had taken on an orange shade.
It was a good photo opportunity which could not be passed by. The aperture was at f/6.3 at a focal length of 18 mm. To get sharpness all over the image was a challenge. I decided to focus on different areas in the scene and later merge them together in Photoshop. I merged eight different shots and here is the end product.
To merge photos, open all the images in Photoshop. Then select File>Automate>Photomerge (more on this in a separate post).
I took this shot on a December morning when the the sun was still below the horizon. I had aimed the camera to the east. The horizon and sky had gone into deep blue for a while. This lasted only for about half an hour. This is the blue hour which is experienced before sunrise and after sunset. You can find out your blue hour by visiting BlueHourSite.
The location was the salt pans in Vasai, Maharashtra. The lines formed by boundaries of the salt pans helped in composition. The eyes are drawn to the tree line and mountains farther beyond. This creates a depth to the image.
I had the aperture at f/4.8 and shutter speed was at 1/125 sec. The camera was hand held and the high shutter speed ensured that there was no blur. Focal length was at 17,4 mm to get a wide angle view. You can view the photo on my Flickr page.
After more than two months of rains in Mumbai and the rest of India, the wetlands of Vasai have fresh growth of grass. The fields are full of water which would recede in the coming months.
The sky was overcast when I took the shot. There was a slight drizzle and my Tamrac 5371 photo backpack shielded the camera from rain.
I set the aperture was at f/8 to get a good depth of field and sharpness. Focal length was 39 mm. See the photo on my flickr page.
Many parts of Vasai have vast open areas. Eighty percent of total rainfall is experienced during June to October. Average annual rainfall is 2000–2500 mm and humidity is 61-86%, making it a humid-perhumid zone. The driest days are in winter while the wettest days are experienced in July. As per the 2011 census, Vasai-Virar is the fifth largest city in Maharashtra.[