Sunday, January 15, 2017

Manhattan beach pier sunset

Some moody Manhattan for today. I posted a story this day a while back when there were some wicked clouds in the sky. This is what remained of the afterburn about half an hour after sunset when the pier lights finally turned on. I’ve been after a fire sky with the xmas lights on for some time but I’m never shooting here when we get one of those burns that seem to linger on well after sunset. At least it’s local so I can keep trying year after year. Until then, this will have to do.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, 0.8 sec, ISO-500

Friday, January 13, 2017

Keyhole ach sunset - Big Sur

Here’s one of the close-ups from the first night when the sky didn’t really have much going on which was perfect to focus on some zoomed in shots. If you recall my preview posts, I mentioned that the wind was so strong it was blowing the mist away which was preventing a solid beam from forming. I was disappointed until I dug into the files to see what cool patterns the wind was causing. I’ve only really seen solid beams from here, nothing quite like this so in a sense I’m happy that I was able to catch something a bit different from a place where everything looks similar. I took both fast and longer exposures and found that the longer exposures made the mist more prominent and gave the water some slight movement which I like. The key to time the shots is right after a wave crashes through the portal both creating the mist and making the splashes that break off the rocks which light up from the sun. This wasn’t quite at sunset as the light is still a bit yellow. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/16, ¼ sec, ISO-50

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Silver lake Boat dock and aspens - June Lake Loop

I still have a ton of Fall images I haven’t shown from my recent trip. Here is one of them from Silver Lake. Normally you see a shot of people standing near these boats, shooting out towards the fall lined lake and Carson peak but these aspens were oh so golden so I walked over to the other side to snap the aspens and the boat dock. The one pine in the mix near the right side kinda threw me off but it does stand out nicely. Slowed the shutter down a bit to smooth out the reflections giving me a nice arrow pattern. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, 6 sec, ISO-50

Monday, January 9, 2017

Big Sur keyhole arch sunset - Pfeiffer Beach

I had a few foreground shots with water movement but kept going back to the one with the reflection of the sun beaming through the arch. Clouds during golden hour were awesome and since the sky was so thick we weren’t sure we were going to get the sun breaking through but we were fortunate for about 10 minutes this night which literally started beaming 2 minutes after I started shooting so I’m glad we got there early enough before the clouds overtook the sun. The road to the beach was closed due to flooding so there were maybe only 15 or so people shooting which was nice since I was able to move around and shoot a few comps. I’ll probably end up editing another one from this side with water movement, but I also have a wide from the left side and a bunch of close ups to edit as well. So glad I was able to witness this phenomenon being my first time here for this event. Shooting with @eric.yanagihara and @michellejacquemet . Look out for more shots from here. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/22, ISO-50, multiple exposures blended.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Montana De Oro sunset seascape

Here is one from my recent trip to Montana De Oro during xgiving weekend when we went camping in the rain. Sat night the storm cleared and I was treated to this epic sky. The rock formations out there are second to none, with leading lines for days. I highly suggest taking a trip out there if you love seascapes. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/16, 0.6 sec and 1/30 sec blended, ISO-100

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Convict lake winter reflections

Even with the rain we are getting, it still feels unusually warm for it to be winter but hey I’m not complaining as long as we are getting some much needed rain and snow up in the mountains. Here is winter from Convict lake as the first light hits Laurel Mountain in the early am. May try and make a late winter trip up here this year, but will have to play it by ear. I’ve been wanting to shoot some early MW stuff while there is still quite a bit of snow on the range, somewhere around March – April. Hopefully my schedule allows for it.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Los Angeles Sunset

Let’s start the year off with a dramatic shot from my favorite view of LA. This was taken after the last big storm we had which wiped away all that smog and pollution giving a crystal clear view of the San Gabriels. The benefit of sunset from this spot is that you can capture that last light on Baldy just about a minute or two before it sets. There was a bit of haze behind me which helped diffuse the light even more giving it a nice orange glow. I waited until the light crept above the city where it was only hitting the snow capped peaks when I snapped this. I left the city dark to really emphasize the last light, however there are no true blacks in the image. A bit of lingering clouds around the peaks helped add to the mood. I knew there wasn’t going to be a dramatic sunset so I was after something different, which I think I captured here.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200 + 1.4x TC, f/14, 0.3 sec, ISO-50