Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rajmachi (Lonavala) Camping cum Shoot !!!

Though I love traveling, I never experienced camping till this one. This happened with our group of photographers called "P@P - Photographers at Pune". This was my first shoot with this group and it was a real fun. It was planned as overnight shoot and I was desperate to do some night photography which I have not done previously mainly because tripod is necessary for night photography, and I joust bought one a week before this shoot. And also I was always desperate to shoot star trails (for more details, search "Start trail photography"in google), so I thought this was the best chance to use my hands on star trails as we were to spend night away from the city over some mountain where I was expecting some clear sky.

We started from Pune at around 01:00 pm (23rd March, 2011) and reached at base camp at around 04:00 pm. Few people went for the trek, and few including me spent time at base camp chatting with each other and clicking some snaps. Before sunset, we went to collect woods to set our camp fire. After collecting the same, we shoot the sunset. But I was waiting for real darkness and wanted to see so many stars in the sky as my main purpose for this trip was to shoot star trails. But after sunset, we found so many clouds in the sky and stars were not clearly visible, which was very disappointing for me.

Then also, I tried to shoot star trails for few minutes when there was relatively clear sky and then we headed for lunch and then we slept at around 10:00 pm. We woke up at around 06:00 am in the morning, some guys prepared tea for all 35-40 people. We enjoyed tea and left the place at around 10:00 am after getting one group shot.

Here are some snaps from this trip.
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Camp Site !!!
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Our Cars !!!
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My tripod and sun !!!
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Framed Sunset !!!
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Sunset through grass !!!
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Fire, smoke, torch light and people !!!
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Star trails !!!
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Good morning, camp site, 06:00 am !!!
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Helping hands !!!
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Tea under preparation !!!
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Fire and smoke !!!
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