Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aspendell aspens and cactus, Eastern Sierras

The good thing about re-visiting the Sierras every fall is that it forces me to look for different things every trip so I don’t keep taking the same shots over and over. I did a lot of shadow work this trip, looking for where the sun was shining on foreground objects or creating patterns for me to capture. The light coming thru the aspens hitting this cactus was amazing and the fallen leaves made for some nice color contrast. This was taken in Aspendell on the first day of scouting, and the first scene that I broke out my tripod for. There was a lot of color this trip, so lots more to come. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/16, ¼ sec, ISO-50


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Horsetail Falls, Firefall Yosemite

One of the most amazing natural phenomenon’s I have witnessed. Here is a close-up view near the finale as the mist from Horesetail Falls was putting on a show as it kept changing and creating different patterns. The setting sun was hitting the tips of the ridges below which added a nice touch to the shot. Not sure if I’ll be back next year, but don’t count me out just yet. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 1/10 sec, ISO-50


Monday, October 9, 2017

road sunsets - Mammoth Lakes

Itching to get on the road and up to this area to explore the fall colors this weekend. The mountains are definitely calling and it’s time for me to go. Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/11, 1/80 sec, ISO-50


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Fall Color reflections and Symmetry

Take some time to scan scenes with your telephoto lens and you will be amazed at the patterns you can find and capture. Taken from Aspendell CA in the Eastern Sierras on a calm morning.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Owens Valley Radio Observatory Milky Way

Here’s my take on the Owens Valley Radio Observatory. Initially I was planning to shoot one of the radiotelescopes up close as a prominent element in my shot but exploring the area in the day allowed me to re-think my composition. Since these instruments are used partly to study hydrogen clouds in the MW, I made the MW the prominent feature of this photo. I thought about shooting the foreground at twilight but decided I wanted to shoot the radiotelescope at night as I feel the light helps portray the vision of this shot. I caught it as it was pointing straight up towards the MW and fired off as many shots as I could as I know this thing constantly moves and rotates. I then picked 4 shots where I was able to catch no movement and stacked them. Since I was far away with my 50mm lens, I did not need to focus blend this shot. The radiotelescope may look small in this shot, but that was the plan to scale it to the Milky Way above. If you want a sense of scale, there is a building to the right of the array. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/1.8, 8 sec, ISO-6400


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Alabama hills sunset rays

The craziest rays I have had the chance to witness in person. Now, I’ve seen plenty of crepuscular rays both shining down through breaks in the clouds, as well as up as the sun sets behind say a mountain or something, but they are usually pretty uniform in both patterns and light. These rays morphed a ton as the sun was setting, and the shadow areas were darker than I have ever seen. I ran around trying to catch various comps as they changed. I thought about going to Mobius arch but it would have taken too long. I was able to get a few other shots in which I will share down the road.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/11, ISO-50, multiple exposures manually blended.


Monday, September 25, 2017

Malibu Canyon Milky Way and fog

The number 1 tip for astrophotography is to find a dark sky away from light pollution. A lot of times in places like Malibu, it’s very faint to the naked eye and sometimes only visible when you take a shot as your sensor picks up more detail than your eye. In dark places you can see the MW band sweep across the sky, and is one of the most amazing things to look up and see. The fog during this session was creating layers in the foreground so I framed the layers in my comp.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO-3200 – multiple frames stacked for noise reduction.