Tempe Arizona

Travel Tips for Tempe Arizona

Hello! I am Vaibhav and I moved to Tempe for studies and it has been awesome staying here. It has warm climatic conditions round the year although the summer can get pretty hot! The people are very friendly and this city has one of the places with the most exciting and happening night life.

The city of Tempe also known as Hayden’s Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona is a university-city. Named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece the city is home to over hundred thousand people.  Tempe is home to the largest campus of Arizona State University and it also has great performance venues like the Gammage Auditorium and the Tempe Centre for the Arts.

The cool thing about this city during New Year’s Eve is that it hosts the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. It’s officially one of the largest New Year’s Eve  parties!

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Here are my 5 tips for Tempe Arizona:

1) Great Restaurants

Try House of Tricks, Piya Jungle and Chompie’s

2) Good Pubs and Discotheques

Try Monsoon Brewery, Sleepy Dog Brewery and Four Peaks Brewing Company

3) Pleasant Climate

The city has pleasant climate throughout the year.

4) Good food-both veggie and non veggie

As a vegetarian, I found a lot of good places to eat. It’s a green light for many of the fussy eaters.

5) Lots of places for hikes/camping

You could try out some easy hikes like the South Pima Canyon Road or the South Mountain National Park’s Mormon Loop Trail. There’s a hike for every level of expertise. I suggest using this link for www.tempe.gov/parks for more info.

How to approach the city:

This is a Party Town to the core. So enjoy to the fullest but don’t break any rules 🙂 There are lots of other places to visit like museums, theatres, restaurants, etc to enjoy with family too!

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Long Exposure Photography Tips

Long exposure photography blends in the old school knowledge and understanding of camera mechanics along with the latest technology. This form of photography surely involves a fair amount of planning and skill. You have to experiment, chop and change values to get some surreal results. Long Exposure photography will also help you learn about your camera and its capabilities. The thumb rules of photography are all in play as you get set to capture images that have an unreal quality. The time lapse captured is amazing and you can expect some jaw dropping images! Here are some handy tips to get your shots right from the first click:

1. Use RAW format:

Use the RAW format while clicking your long exposure shot. Even at a lower ISO, you will find some noise in the image. These are easy to clean out during the processing phase. It is possible that you may find some red/green/blue pixels at ISO 100.

2. Use a Lens Shade:

Since this is going to be a long exposure, you’d want to ensure that no stray light enters the sensors. It is recommended that you cover the viewfinder with a cap for exposures longer than 60 seconds.

3. Tripod and Cable Release:

Since it is a long exposure shot, a tripod and cable release remote is absolutely essential. You wouldn’t want your camera to shake once the shutter is open.

4. Natural Conditions:

Choose the perfect conditions. Set up your equipment well before the light fades out. This will leave you with enough time to capture time-lapse of the sun setting. These will make for amazing images. It’s needless to say to that you will have to experiment with various settings and values.

5. Lengthen the Shutter Speed to get an unreal feel:

Longer shutter speeds will capture larger time frames. This will surely add a lot of blurry lights from moving cars and swaying trees. Thus enhancing the background whilst creating a more unique image.

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Using these five basic tips will surely give you a good result. You have to judge the situations and the lighting around to make the perfect picture. If you are an advanced user, you can try using Neutral Density filters for better effects and photos. Adding filters will mean certain adjustments in your light metering and focus, which is easy to do. Hope you capture some stunning long exposure images!  Happy clicking!

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