Thursday, June 22, 2017

Malibu hills fog at twilight

After shooting a great sunset with with my friend, we hung around for twilight as the fog activity picked up and poured down the mountains. The house on the left had some cool lights shining through, and the fog was beginning to flow into the lights down on the right as well. Had a tiny bit of light from the moon rising to our back as the scene was almost pitch black by this time. I was hoping for the fog to fill the valley but not too long after this shot, we got fogged in and called it a night. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/8, 30 sec, ISO-200

Friday, June 16, 2017

Second Beach sunset, La Push, Washington

I’m fortunate to live on the coast, and Cali has some amazing stretches of beaches with interesting caves and rock formations. But nothing took my breath away like seeing the seastacks up in Washington. Second Beach in the La Push area of Olympic National Park has some incredible ones. Sometimes, conditions don’t cooperate as with this cloudless night, so I made something out of nothing by focusing my shot on the seastack only. I found a pool of water to create symmetry in this image and used the setting sun to blast that golden light on the right side of the stack.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Malibu Leo Carrillo cave milky way

Here’s a version of my recent outing to Malibu without the human element. The white balance is also warmer here giving the sky a bit more natural color. The contours of this Leo Carrillo cave are very cool and remind me of stalactites. Do you recall the difference between stalactites and stalagmites? Taking you back to school.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Malibu fog pano

Here’s a pano I created in Malibu for an upcoming 4 foot long client metalprint. I’ve been looking to re-create this shot but haven’t been able to catch these conditions again so I took a fresh look at the original files I shot this with. It’s a 4 image pano at 50mm, shot as fog sat in the valley of the Santa Monica Mountains. Various colors were lighting up the fog from the different sources of light below. One of the more unique fog captures I have been able to take and excited that my client will be able to see this bigger.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/2.8, 10 sec, ISO-1250

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Man and his sheep - Eastern Sierra fall colors

I took a few comps of these sheep during my past trip with the fall trees in the back but in this one I framed in the herder. It’s a slightly modified version from the full 2:3 shot as the herder was hugging the right in the 1:1 crop. You can check the full shot under the peoplescape section of my site. Nikon D750, Nikkor 300mm, f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO-800

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Foggy Yosemite

We were up higher shooting down towards the Merced and Yosemite Valley catching some awesome fog flowing through the trees when the fog just rose up and engulfed us. The glow from this tunnel along with the misty mood were enough to get me to shoot this one. I framed the curving ledge in the foreground leading into the scene. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, 2.5 sec, ISO-50

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Barker dam milky way reflctions - Joshua Tree NP

Here’s one of my new faves from JTNP. It’s a version of the barker dam MW shot without the human element. With the previous shot I toned down the exposure on the rocks so that it wouldn’t conflict with the human and lantern light. In this version I kept it brighter to really show the details and patterns in the rocks. The perfect reflection kind of made the rocks look like a couple of alien ships waiting to take off. The WB is cooler here and not as yellow, giving the rocks a more natural tone. I’m really glad we were able to catch water in the dam. Even better that we had the entire place to ourselves all night. Another hidden gem in the desert. Protect and preserve for future generations.