Friday, June 28, 2013

Bike ride to Manchinbele Dam

After a month of lull period, its time to travel again. This time to Manchinbele dam near big banyan tree. Just 40kms from Bangalore. The short distance compelled us to take bike as transport. As planned, we started around 11:30AM from Silk Board junction and rode towards the mysore road. Barring few hiccups and traffic jams, the journey was smooth and calm. The route is same as one for Big Banyan tree except that you need to go further ahead by 10km from Big Banyan tree.

En route, we stopped at couple of places to have rest. We had snacks and some cold drinks at big banyan tree. It was around 1:30PM we reached beautiful dam site. The first view was so glorious to watch. I took many snaps near this spot. Then we went near the reservoir spot where considerable crowd was present. Fortunately no monkeys here :-). There was considerable amount of water near dam site due to copious pre monsoon rains. Apart from taking snaps of this gorgeous place, I also started Magic Lantern intervalometer to capture some time lapse. Took around 308 shots before crowd started filling the frames.

We left the spot and rode to top of a hill nearby Dam. The look from the spot was breathtaking. My camera was so busy too ;). I even went tuned aperture to f/25 to get massive depth of field of the place. Overall a memorable and soothing visit to beautiful place. The nature was at its best too with lush greenery nearby. We also enjoyed eye catching rural landscape from Mysore road state highway all the way till Dam. We also visited Shanishwara temple nearby Dam area. I personally enjoyed the glorious landscape amidst tough/bad days at work. That tuned my mind to real calmness. The only drawback is the apathy of people who litter the place with alcohol bottles. We could see a lot of crushed alcohol glasses. They can even pose threat to people since the pieces were too sharp.

Here are pictures!

En-Route to Dam
First view of reservoir
The parking place
The Manchinbele Dam
Close up view of Dam

Beautiful Landscape
One more Landscape!
Hills nearby reservoir
Clouds and water

Its raining somewhere there :-)

View from top of Hill
Landscape of Reservoir from top of hill
Finally, not to miss this patient lizard which was sitting on rock steadily. It stayed till I changed my camera lens and shot properly ;-). Seemed like he stayed for long time on rock to give me chance to take proper snap (did not run away even if I went close).

Did you finally shoot me?

How to reach:

As stated in Big Banyan tree blog here. From here you need to travel further 10kms. Ask local people who will guide you better. There are lot of humps enroute and the path way is like ghat road. You will enjoy the beautiful nature en-route. The state of road is good barring seldom nasty pot-holes.


Pack some food yourself or buy some stuff near Big Banyan tree. No shops are available nearby Dam area.

Video time!

Here is the timelapse video and its settings. Thanks to wonderful ML firmware, you do not need any remote timers for time lapses. This time I intentionally left tripod at home town. After visiting the place, I started repenting as not to have left at home. Also the sunny day makes it difficult to expose the sky properly. A GND filter would have helped me here which I did not have. Nevertheless, I placed camera on even part of rock and started intervalometer. There is also video of surrounding areas. As mentioned in previous blogs, it takes lot of time to edit and compose video on relatively old hardware. I will upload sometimes later if I find time ;-)


Excerpt from Sunset-Beautiful Life (original mix). One of my favorites!

Video Settings:

Video Editor: KDENLIVE under Linux Mint 15
Post processing done: Changed aspect ratio to 16:9
Video + Audio Encoding: MP4 (H.264) @ Variable bit rate 2pass (1080p @ 30fps) + 256 kbps MP3
Number of pictures: 308
Frames per image: 3
Total duration: (3 frames/image)*(308 images) / 30 fps = 30.8seconds

Camera Settings:

Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Lens: 18-55mm kit lens
Focal Length: 18mm
Focus: Manual
Mode: Aperture value (Av)
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: Auto
ISO: 200
Exposure value: -0.6 (to expose clouds properly)
White balance: Daylight
Picture Style: Landscape
Metering Mode: Center weighted average
Picture interval: 8s
ML firmware version: 2.3
Tripod used: Even surface of rock :-)

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