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Of Fire and Ice | by A Camera Story
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Of Fire and Ice

7:25pm: Glance out of the window of my cube: interesting looking clouds at the western horizon. Figure Alviso might have an inkling of a good sunset. Decide to give a sunset shoot a shot.

7:26pm: Realize that my camera gear is at home. That is going to cost me time. Especially with sunset at 7:57, it is going to be close.

7:27pm: Grab my bags and rush to my car.

7:33pm: Just missed the green. Another 5 minutes before the signal rotation completes. Not good....

7:39pm: A blur in the house swooshes in, grabs the gear and runs out, praying that everything is in correct order

7:43pm: Begin the drive to Alviso. Thankfully, it is not too far away.

7:50pm: Park and get out of the car. Feel a gentle breeze. There goes all hopes for a good reflection...

7:52pm: Hit the salt flats. Just as the sun was about to sink behind some distant peaks. The aforementioned clouds are glowing yellow with expectation. A surreal calmness hovers over the ponds, the gentle breeze not daring to create even a single ripple in this vast pool of water. And the reflections, just spectacular...


This was one of those sunsets where I did everything wrong as a photographer. But in the end, I was at the right place at the right time with the right gear. Isn't that the only thing that matters finally?


Shot a series of bracketed exposures with a 10-20mm wide angle lens at ISO 400 and F11. The wide angle lens helped capture the expansive vista I was seeing alongwith the subtle transition from fire to ice.





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Taken on August 17, 2012