Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Road Flare - San Pedro CA

My man Jeff taking a road shot. As he was taking his shot the sky was still firing towards the Vincent Thomas Bridge so I framed this comp with the road cutting diagonally through the foreground. Definitely one of the better sunsets I’ve seen from this side of the bridge. Getting excited about my SF trip next week, hope to shoot the shit out of Goldie J. Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/4, 1/40 sec, ISO-640

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

6th street bridge - Los Angeles

This one was back from when climbing on the 6th street bridge was the cool thing to do. I chose to be on the right side to catch the sun setting between the city and the traffic flow. Luckily the sun ended up breaking through the thick clouds to provide a bit of color. I think this was the last time I climbed up before the demo began. Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/11, 1/10 sec, ISO-100

Monday, June 27, 2016

Best Seat in the House - Joshua Tree National Park Milky Way and tent

I had this idea in mind for our past trip out to Joshua Tree we just wanted to find a nice little cluster of trees to fill the frame with. We spotted this set as we were walking back from shooting startrails at the Wall Street Mill. We setup the tent, I climbed in using my iPhone to illuminate, and he fired both cameras. Since we took a few exposures, I stacked a few for the foreground to reduce noise, and just used one of the images for the sky with Topaz DeNoise for noise reduction. Love how the iPhone light, while dim, gets picked up by the camera’s high ISO providing a subtle hint of light on trees. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-6400

Sunday, June 26, 2016

SkyspaceLA firework show, Los Angeles CA

Fireworks are a bit tricky to shoot. Shutter speed depends on the brightness, length, and how scattered or clustered the fireworks are. I also like to try and snap some of the first bursts before it gets too smoky but the smoke drifted over the rest of the buildings so it ended up being ok. In addition, this wasn’t some annual event where we knew exactly where the fireworks were going to be visible from. We gambled a bit further away from the city hoping they would be high in the sky. Park row provides an excellent overlook with car trails leading into the city and we knew it would be a great location for the grand opening show for @skyspacela as long as the fireworks popped off where we needed them to. I chose a slanted line in rather than head on view to frame the US Bank tower in the middle of my frame. I had a few decent single exposures, but I ended up using 2 for the fireworks. One for the base and one for the top portion. They were both shot at 5 seconds, so I added in a longer 15 second exposure to get more fluid car trails. All shot with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200 at f/14. ISO-100. 4Th of July is coming up, which may provide another opportunity to get out and shoot more fireworks.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lost - Mesquite dunes Death Valley

I get that feeling a lot when shooting astro and just star gazing in general wondering what else is out there. I also get it, but in a different sense, when shooting scenes like this where the landscape is just so vast and you really can’t appreciate it until you show a human element for scale. This was the case when I was wandering the Mesquite dunes in Death Valley after sunrise this day. I didn’t see anyone else out there at sunrise and as I was wandering around I spotted one other person walking amongst the dunes. I suspect he spotted me too as we both stopped walking and snapped shots back at eachother. The dune layering provided excellent patterns to complement the shot. Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200, f/18, 1/30 sec, ISO-100

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Strawberry Moon, Summer Solstice - Palos Verdes CA

A VERY quick and dirty edit on last night’s strawberry moon. Given that the next time summer solstice and the “strawberry” moon meet will be in 2062, I figured I’d get out and snap a few. Didn’t see any good local line ups based on what Stellarium was showing so I ended up going to a lookout in Palos Verdes where the full moon would rise behind the cliffs in the distance. Clouds/haze pretty much blocked the moon up until this point where it peaked out and then was visible thereafter. I wanted to capture it a bit lower so it wasn’t as bright but I still managed to pull out the foreground shadows in this exposure. Plus the twilight blues got even richer as compared to when it first rose. I’ll take a new moon over a full moon any day, but it was still fun to get out and snap some. Oh and happy summer everyone! Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200 + 1.4x TC (effective focal length at 250mm), f/4, 1/20 sec, ISO-3200

Sunday, June 19, 2016

6th street construction - Los Angeles

My man @half_tone checking out the construction on 6th during sunset. Used a telephoto here to compress the skyline in the background. They’ve made a lot of progress since this was shot. Probably about time to head back out and see what it looks like. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec, ISO-160