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Konica Auto S2, Kodak BW400CN, f/1.8
The squash courts are usually quite packed at Arrillaga Fitness Center. I was lucky enough to get this shot on film. Rangefinders are great because there is no mirror black-out that you get on SLRs, but given I can't afford a digital rangefinder, I can only take the shot and hope it was a good one. I think this one turned out quite well.
The warm sunny days are back in Stanford and with them came a lot of outdoor activities. Like this guy trying to learn how to balance himself on a rope.I think I kinda understand what must be going through his mind in this moment. I guess we all do. Aren't we all trying to do the same in our lives? Find balance. Trying our very best to keep on the rope.
Yesterday was the first time I have ever been to a swim meet. I just wanted to shoot it because my friend is on the team, but it turned out to be a really exciting meet. The swim team was competing against Cal, and they almost beat us too! Keyword: almost.
Pentax K20D, smc Pentax-FA 50mm F1.4, 1/60 sec @ f/8.0, ISO 200As I mentioned previously, the tennis facilities on campus are nothing short of amazing. I love playing on the stadium courts at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium, where they host the annual Bank of the West Classic that draws top female tennis players from around the world. This particular day I was playing with a friend, and we set up a DSLR with HD video up on the stadium seats to simulate typical TV camera views. It was quite amazing, and I'm hoping to share a clip of the action once I figure out how to post video on this bl...
Nikon d40x, Nikkor 18-135mm 1:3-5.6GED, 1/20 sec at f/3.8, ISO 1600Members of the Stanford Axe Committee camped out in White Plaza last week for the "Big Game Countdown." These dedicated students blew the Stanford train whistle every hour for 112 hours leading up the 112th Big Game! Check out axecomm.stanford.edu to learn more about Big Game history and traditions.
Pentax K20D, smc PENTAX-FA 50mm F1.4, 1/8 sec @ f/1.4, ISO 1600
Even a person like me who doesn't really care about football knows that the Big Game is coming this weekend. I've never really understood sports rivalries to be honest, or even why people can be so fanatical about a particular team. Just seems odd to be so passionate about a group players you don't even know personally. But I digress...
Despite my football apathy, I am still happy to hear that the football team seems to be doing very, very well this year. For the last four years I have always heard people complain about how our team "sucks", but this year seems to be quite the opposite.
Let's hope Berkeley gets thoroughly trounced this weekend!
Canon 40D, Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 50.0mm 1/640 sec at f/16.0, ISO 400
As promised, here is another shot from Lake Lagunita.
Bay area is a biking friendly community, Stanford even more so. The mild climate conditions in the area makes it easier for students to choose biking as their mode of commute. In order to further help bike commuting, Stanford offers clean air cash awards of upto $282/year.
I live off-campus and prefer riding a bus instead of biking (its 10 miles bike ride!). With oil prices above $3.00, I don't think I can afford driving to office anymore! Add the on-campus parking prices and I would rather walk to the office! An award of $282/year is yet anoth...
Canon 40D, Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 135.0m 1/125 sec at f/5.6, ISO 500
My office is in the basement of Mitchell Earth Science Building. So in order to get some fresh air, I like going for a run at Lake Lagunita. Lake is dry during most part of the year but there is never a dearth of runner and walker around the lake. Sunny or rainy we are there getting our daily exercise. You can spot the beginners who can barely finish the whole round, the regular joggers and the dog walkers that you meet every day, and the athletic runners who run pass you and are not even panting (and giving you a big complex)!
Anyway, Lake Lagunita is one of my favorite places in Stanford. I have taken quite a few pictures of the lake and around it over the years I have been in Stanford. I will post few of them here in time to come. For now...
Pentax K20D, smc PENTAX-FA 35mm f/2 AL, 1/180 sec at f/2.0, ISO 800
One of the great things about Stanford is the sports facilities offered on campus. Of particular interest to me are the tennis courts, as I used to be a nationally ranked tennis player in the juniors, though I stopped playing competitively after high school. I played maybe once every few months at MIT (and some intramurals as well), but there were only twelve courts, four of which were usable in the winter after the snow arrived. (Well, unless you like playing on snow.)
Stanford, on the other hand, offers eight courts at West Campus, six at Taube south, and eleven at Taube Stadium, including three stadium courts, for a total of 25 tennis courts! All of the courts are maintained quite nice...