Way out of stress

After nearly two weeks of vacation at Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and our friends place in CA, I had the hardest time getting back to work and adjusting to the furious pace. For the first time ever, I didn’t check emails on a vacation! Maybe that made it more difficult.

On the bright side, with all the hiking and driving and eating limited vegetarian choices we had, I had shed 2 pounds. I was particularly happy with the photos I took this time. Mostly the sunny-16 ones worked very well, though I had a circular polarizer most of the time when outside. One thing I would have like to do more is to use bracketing more often. I realized when bracketing, it is better if I bracket a full stop over and under, instead of the 1/3 I usually used to use. But the AEB on my Canon XS is effective for only one set of shots, I have to set it up again for every new picture – that sucks, if I want to bracket all my shots.

With the high contrast of the rocks and the greens, you never know if the photos will be exposed correctly. Hence the need to bracket. Thank god I had the circular polarizer most of the time when outside. I also found out that I used my 18mm most of the time – maybe because I was shooting landscape. With a sharp 18mm lens, you can always go 1:1 later and crop out the part you want to, eliminating the need for an additional lens.

Anyway I realized I didn’t do Yoga for the past 10 days and maybe that was reason I wasn’t prepared for the real world. When you spend time with your Self doing Yoga or Meditation, you strengthen yourself – you recognize that you are in the midst of both real and unreal world, but know you can be unaffected by these all. Such a knowledge apriori gives you balance and better prepares you to deal with the situation. Such detachment is essential all the time.

By the way, I taught a brief 1/2 hour class of mainly Meditation and Pranayama to my friend and his wife which was greatly appreciated.

Here is a slide show of the photos I took:

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