Sunday, July 24, 2016

Transamerica Line up in the fog, San Francisco

After spending twilight up on poison ivy hill with my friend Nam, we headed up to the Transamerica lineup. Fog was mainly flowing behind the bridge covering the city but every now and then the fog would lower revealing just the tip of the Transamerica building. I just kept waiting until I saw more become visible to release my shutter. Not quite sure what happened with the dim glaring near the bridge. I think it was from some of the thin fog passing through causing the glow by the light sources. Looked kinda cool so I went with it. I should have came back out Sat am when there was a decent LFE but I ended up sleeping in and resting up for the drive over to Sacramento. O well, I’ll have to catch it next time. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, 30 sec, ISO-500

Friday, July 22, 2016

Malibu fog

Here’s a different take on the Malibu fog. It was thick enough to cover the surrounding Monte Nido area but still thin enough to let some of the house and building lights shine through which produced some awesome colors through the fog. Crazy light pollution looking out this way but the sky wasn’t the focus of this shot anyway so I snapped on my 50mm to take this to get in a bit closer. The colors through the entire frame were nice. Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-1250

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

San Francisco bay bridge twilight cityscape

Here is the wide angle version of this shot. I stopped down and really emphasized the bursts from the lights. This was taken at the tail end of twilight to catch the rich blues. The high-pressure sodium lighting provided some awesome warm orange colors through the fog to provide a nice aura around the city. Normally I remove the orange cast that is caused by this lighting from my city twilight shots but the colors worked here and complemented the blue nicely. Had to battle camera shake from the wind and mist, but it ended up coming out alright. I also took a 50mm version in the beginning stages of twilight which I’ll post down the road. Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/14, 10 sec, ISO-500

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Sign - Eastern Sierras Milky Way

This was the first time I started using the technique where the foreground is shot at an earlier time to maximize depth of field and minimize noise. I actually came here on a previous trip and had the hardest time trying to shoot this entire scene in the dark given how close your foreground is to you. This prompted me to try this technique and I’ve been using it ever since. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of ways to produce successful images when it’s already dark but by far this is the cleanest. I’d still like another take at this so I guess Ed and I will have to plan a road trip.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mt Tam Golden sunset

I’m seriously jealous of all the things to shoot within a short drive of SF, not to mention all the vantage points within the city. The weather was strange, it was too foggy when we arrived, there was an LFE sat am when I didn’t get up to shoot, and it was clear on my last night of shooting before departing. We headed up to Mt. Tam anyway as I never been and got to meet a whole bunch of great people. Given how beautiful this place is on a clear night I could only imagine it with a great sunset and/or fog rolling over the hills. I made the best of it and decided to focus my shot on the golden foreground with the rolling hills in the distance. I took two versions of this shot. It was super windy so for this shot I used the motion by slowing my shutter enough to capture the blur. This shot consists of 3 exposures; one for the foreground one for the hills and one for the sky. All taken with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/14, ISO-100. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

Burn Notice - Palos Verdes sunset from Abalone Cove

Here’s an awesome burn from Abalone Cove in Palos Verdes. Tide was low enough to reveal this set of rocks so I knew I wanted to capture some water motion as the waves were rolling in. The horizon was looking pretty thick so wasn’t sure the sky would fire but we ended up with a nice burn both near the horizon and from some of the higher wispy clouds. I chose a vertical comp to frame the foreground rock with water moving around it and to capture more of the awesome sky. The sunset colors reflect nicely off the rocks as well. Happy Friday everyone! Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/11, 0.8 and 1/30 sec blended, ISO-320

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Startrails in the Desert

Here’s a startrail shot I finally got around to editing. The foreground was shot around twilight to maximize depth of field and to control the lantern brightness that the subject is holding. The stars were then shot as it became dark. I used the internal intervelometer in the Nikon D750 to fire off 100 shots which were combined in a startrail program. I love how clean the images are with a foreground shot before hand. As long as the scene isn’t too difficult with too many things cutting through the sky, this is my preferred method to achieve solid foreground subjects when shooting astro.