Rahul Ravikumar

Software Engineer, Google

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Diwali in Kolkata, India

It’s nice to be back home at Diwali after several years. The amount of noise that we manage to generate thanks to the music and the fireworks is quite impressive.

Living on the 26th floor has its advantages, and I managed to take some beautiful pictures of the night, midst all the celebrations and fireworks.

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Sony A7R Camera
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm prime
MeFoto 1350 Carbon Fiber
Adobe Lightroom

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Stargazing at Lick Observatory

A friend and I decided to go stargazing to Lick Observatory with his amazing new telescope.

I took my camera along as well and took some pictures of the observatory and San Jose city by night (as seen from the top of Mt. Hamilton). It was a beautiful night.

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Sony A7R Camera
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm prime
MeFoto 1350 Carbon Fiber
Adobe Lightroom

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API Summer Camp #2

Part 2 in the series of photos that I took at the API summer camp in Tahoe. This series of photographs, was part of a Nature Photography workshop.

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Sony A7R Camera
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm prime
Adobe Lightroom
Vivitar 49mm ND2-1000 Neutral Density Filter

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API Summer Camp

We went to Tahoe as part of a Google organized trip for 2 days. It was a lot* of fun. One of the activities was an Astrophotography workshop. Here are my pictures.

The Milky way is gorgeous, especially given the minimal light pollution at Tahoe. It was cold, but a lot of fun.

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Sony A7R Camera
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm prime
Adobe Lightroom
MeFoto 1350 Carbon Fiber

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More Sunsets at Shoreline Lakehouse

Some more pictures of a beautiful sunset at Shoreline Lake Boathouse. My Lightroom skills are getting better. :)

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Sony A7R Camera
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm prime
Adobe Lightroom
MeFoto 1350 Carbon Fiber
Vivitar 49mm ND2-1000 Neutral Density Filter

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Perseid Meteor Showers

 Post processing

Yesterday, I uploaded essentially the raw capture from the A7R.
Today, I read this and repeated the steps described here. The meteor in picture #4 is more noticeable. I wish the photos were less blurry, but given this is a first attempt at Astrophotography - I am happy that I tried.

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Perseid Meteor Showers

We went to Montebello preserve to get a glimpse of the meteor showers.
It was amazing, and the night ended with one of the largest meteor’s I have ever seen. It was so bright, that it left a streak which lasted a few seconds.

Some attempts at photographing the night sky are below.

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Day 15

Sunset at Shoreline Lake Boathouse is beautiful. I wanted to capture the beautiful lake at sunset, and the serene atmosphere. One of my favorite places in Mountainview, after Shoreline Golf links.

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Sony A7R Camera
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm prime
Adobe Lightroom
MeFoto 1350 Carbon Fiber
Vivitar 49mm ND2-1000 Neutral Density Filter

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Day 12

Took lots of photos walking though San Francisco today. Started off at China Town, walked though the Piers and the Embarcadero, Presidio and finally to the Golden Gate Bridge. According to my Apple watch Steve and I walked around 12 miles.

Here are all the photos I took.

It was a very foggy day at the Golden Gate Bridge. Took some pretty good long exposures with Steve’s help. It was very cold, windy and a long walk to to the bridge; but it was totally worth it.

 Some Favorites

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Saved the best photo, for last.

Sony A7R Camera
Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm prime
Sony FE 55mm F .1.8 prime
Adobe Lightroom
MeFoto 1350 Carbon Fiber

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Day 10

My MeFoto tripod is finally here.
Here is a long exposure test shot.

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Here is another shot of a copy of Starry Night, with a circular polarizer.

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Sony A7R Camera
Sony FE 55mm F .1.8 prime
Adobe Lightroom
MeFoto 1350 Carbon Fiber
Hoya 49mm Circular polarizer

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