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Simi Valley, CA photos

Simi Valley photos. Simi Valley is in Ventura county and borders with Los Angeles county. It is home for President Ronald Reagan’s Library. It houses real Air Force 1 plane that was used by President Reagan and some other US Presidents.

Simi Valley is nested in mountains. It is a beautiful valley.

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Hummingbird nest in my backyard

A little hummingbird has chosen to share my backyard 🙂 Such a tiny bird. Always wanted to take photos and now I have n opportunity. Wish I can have a photo of a flying hummingbird one day. The nest is around 1.5 inches wide. I guess each egg is only a centimeter or so!
Here are some photos. Don’t forget to bookmark this site and comeback to look at the chics 😉

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Wild flowers on a hike in Simi Valley, CA

Yesterday I got a new Fujifilm X-S1 camera and this morning, I went on my favorite local hike- Mt McCoy in Simi Valley. Thank god I decided to hike today with a camera. I used Macro mode and took photos of nice flowers. Few weeks ago, when I took photos of flowers, most flowers were pink but this time the flowers were purple. Enjoy some beautiful flowers. You can download full resolution photos too or post them on Facebook or any website. These are great wild flowers gifted my nature at this time in most places around the world.
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A zoom lens for an SLR or a ultra zoom P&S camera?

Today my wife went on a hike on Mt McCoy in Simi Valley  with her friends. That peak is around 1.5 to 1.75 miles away from my home. I wanted to take some photos so first I took out the Kodak AZ521/AZ501 that I had bought recently from Walmart for around $169. It has 50x optical zoom.

Here are two photos from one of the bedrooms in my home.  I zoomed in 50x and then cropped the photos. The photos are not that great but when you take into consideration the distance between the camera and the object, it is awesome job in my opinion.

Zoom lens or an ultrazoom P&S?
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Then, I put on a sharp Super Takumar 135mm F2.5 lens and also one Sun 80-210mm F4.8 lens on a Pentax K30 camera. Obviously I can’t zoom in that much with this pair.  Following photo is the closest I could get.

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So many times, I advise people to go for a ultrazoom P&S camera instead of buying a zoom lens for the SLR. Changing lens on the camera is a time consuming job and on the other hand, the second camera will not take any more space/weight than a zoom lens for your SLR. Plus, when you need to zoom in,  take photos with the P&S almost in few seconds. One thing to note here is I am assuming that we normally use Zoom in outdoor and in broad day light so an SLR really does not do any better than any camera. iPhone included.

I am writing this for another blog I have: http://photography-with-any-camera.blogspot.com/ for amateur photographers.

Holi- Indian festival of colors.

Holi (English pronunciation: /ˈhl/) (Sanskrit: होली)- an Indian festival, is a spring festival also known as festival of colours, and sometimes festival of love.[3][4] It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities.photo 4

photo 5(1)Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is free for all carnival of colours,[5] where everyone plays, chases and colours each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People move and visit family, friends and foes, first play with colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends and family.[1][9] It is a national holiday in India. photo 3(1)

photo 2(1)I missed to take a camera at the Holi celebrations in Simi Valley, California. This is a festival of colors- a great opportunity to take photos of colorful people. Luckily I had an iPhone with me. 

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