Sunday, February 10, 2019

Los Angeles pano with record snow levels on the San Gabriel mountains



Epic snow levels on the San Gabriel mountains behind Los Angeles

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Massive snow hits the San Gabriel mountains in Los Angeles




Well I didn’t think we’d see a storm that dumped more snow than the 2016 one but this one set the new bar. Snow dropped down to a super low elevation and Baldy was caked in. Saw these low clouds as I left the South Bay and knew I needed to get there before they disappeared. Been racking up plenty of LA shots from PV and Hahn from this storm so will get around to showing them all. This is a quick single from last night at 420mm to zoom in on all that white goodness. Is it weird that three of my favorite shots from here are all afternoon/golden hour shots? Nikon D750, Nikkor 300mm + 1.4tc, f/11, 1/100 sec, ISO-50, under about 1.5 stops.


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Monday, February 4, 2019

Last light and car trails from Palos Verdes



Took the opportunity to catch the clean air and fresh dump last Thursday in between storms before this big one hit. One of the great things about living in LA is that you can drive from the beach to the mountains and everywhere in between. So here’s a shot of a little bit of everything; a little bit of beach, a little fresh powder on Baldy, and some car trails on a perfectly aligned road. This is a combination of multiple shots; one for the last light on Baldy and 1 for each car trail.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Winter sunsets in Los Angeles




Here are some deep colors from Hahn right as the sun’s last light was hitting the skyline and Baldy. I usually do a couple of things to help ensure the colors come through nicely; one is using a CPL to help colors become more saturated with better contrast and the second is to always underexpose the sky 1-2 stops depending on how bright the clouds are. If I am shooting with a low ISO, bringing back any shadow detail in the foreground won’t really introduce much noise. If I am shooting at a higher ISO, I’ll usually blend exposures to get a cleaner shot all around but in this case a single shot worked just fine. I also tend to use a warmer white balance for a shot like this to help bring out the yellow/oranges with less blues and then any final processing can enhance it as much as you wish from there. Got a few shots last night after the rain and hopefully some more this weekend after the second storm hits. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, ½ sec, ISO-50


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Friday, January 25, 2019

Golden Gate Bridge framed through the Cypress trees





I’ve always loved how these cypress frame the gate so I took the opportunity to snap this during my last trip. I wanted the glow of the bridge to shine through so I snapped this at the early stages of twilight to get that nice color and car trails. The semi-silhouetted trees keep the attention on the bridge. Hard to get more classic SF than this. Single shot with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/11, 20 sec, ISO-50


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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Supermoon rise over Los Angeles



The night after the eclipse moonrise, I went out to Baldwin Hills to catch the moonrise. The wind pretty much cleared the air and the visibility was excellent but the wind played a huge factor as the gusts were super strong up on the hill. I fired off tons of shots as usually about 1 in 4 shots are sharp. I wasn’t able to get to the exact spot I lined up the rise due to an area being closed so this one rose a bit more to the left than I wanted/anticipated. I had this shot punched in at 420mm so I used the opportunity to pano it. This shot consists of 2 shots for the foreground for the pano and then a separate exposure for the moon just as it almost fully rose from behind the mountains. This one rose an hour after sunset so the exposure blend was necessary due to the dynamic range but the positioning of everything is accurate. 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Moonrise over Los Angeles with snow capped Mt. Baldy



I've always wanted a full moonrise over LA with a good amount of snow on Mt. Baldy. While conditions weren't ideal, I made the best of it.

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