Friday, November 27, 2015

Bloody Mary - Queen Mary long exposure sunset

A shot from the Queen Mary at sunset. Used a long exposure to smooth the water and streak the clouds. Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/14, 180 sec, ISO-50

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The View - Palos Verdes Low Fog sunset

Everything just lined up perfectly for this shot

Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/4, 1/50 sec, ISO-1000

Friday, November 20, 2015

Seasonal Shift - palos verdes rainbow sunset

Woo all done with fall. Thanks for letting me get through them. What season are we in now??? Winter?? Well this is what winter looks like in SoCal. Yesterday was 80 and sunny lol. I think fall is usually the only season that I chase every year just because I love capturing the colors of the trees. Spring would be sweet to capture some wildflowers so maybe in 2016. This one was taken in Palos Verdes after a clearing storm. This wasn't the peak of the rainbow but it was when the clouds first started lighting up at sunset so I opted to use it instead. Used my telephoto and framed a vertical shot with an incoming wave crashing against a rock.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 0.6 sec, ISO-50.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Time Travel - eastern sierra petroglyphs

I'm having a lot of fun with these startrails. I've only done a few of these but now I can go work on these while I wait for the MW to return next year. Got a few spots in mind, some close to home. The foreground here has no light painting, just a stack of about 80 or so photos. Clouds came in halfway through my sequence and I wasn't sure how that would affect the final image, but they don't end up showing except near the bottom. I'll post one of the shots in the sequence sometime in the next few weeks with the clouds. I love how the contours of the foreground provide a nice base for the startrails. I still prefer to shoot the Milky Way but I can see myself doing a lot more of these.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mono Magic - mono lake eastern sierras

Mono lake south tufa and the Milky Way overhead

Here is a pano I just finished from Mono Lake. This was made up of 6 vertical shots panned horizontally. I lined up the MW in between two of the big tufas, off centering it just a tad. I do like the scattered plants in between all the tufas, gives some different color and element interest to the place. No additional lighting used besides what my sensor picked up with ISO-6400.
All shots with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/1.8, 15 sec, ISO-6400


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lookup Season - fall in the Eastern Sierras

Aspen grove lookup, Bishop CA

What's a trip to see the fall colors without at least one of these? I still love the one I did last year in June Loop but the tips of these ones were nicely colored from yellow to orange. This was taken with the 14mm so the FOV is real wide. Figured I'd add the sun in there for some extra interest. Taken in the table mountain campground on the south fork outside of Bishop.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/18, 1-100 sec, ISO-250

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Stars and Stripes - Eastern Sierra petroglyphs

Petroglyphs under the airglow sky

 After I was done shooting the milky way from this spot I turned around to capture the stars facing north as I ran my intervalometer for a startrail shot that I am working on. Before that, I captured a few single frames to see how it would look. Was picking up some airglow so I first setup my foreground focus and used some light painting, then focused for the stars and bumped the ISO up to 10k to get as much as I could out of it. I then blended the two in photoshop. The tail end of the Milky Way is on the right which is why the stars are brighter on that side. One of the coolest places I've spent under the stars.
Foreground: Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/4, 25 sec, ISO-3200 Sky: Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8, 25 sec, ISO-10,000