Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall in the Eastern Sierras

As a reminder don’t forget to look up while you are out there chasing the fall colors. The golden aspens against the blue sky is an awesome color combo, especially when you can get some backlight on them giving them that golden glow. This is a wide shot looking up as I was wandering through the south lake fork outside of Bishop. Framed in the sunburst for some extra interest.  Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/18, 1/100 sec, ISO-250

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Foggy Fall - Silver Lake Eastern Sierras

Another past fall shot to get in the mood for Mammoth. When I get to witness fog burning off a lake it is usually in the distance. But this crisp morning as the sun hit Silver Lake it started burning off everywhere even towards the shoreline where I was standing. It was swirling around making cool patterns so I framed it with a nice set of aspens way across the lake. This is a vertical slice of the full shot. I like how the fog parted just enough to get the color of the aspens reflected in the lake. Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200, f/14, 0.5 sec, ISO-100

Friday, October 14, 2016

Malibu foggy sunset

Here’s a long exposure shot of fog flowing over the Santa Monica Mountains well after sunset. At the time I took this it was super dark and I couldn’t even see this scene. I bumped up my ISO a little bit and ran a 30 sec exposure and captured the ethereal fog splitting through the ridges. Picked up a hint of sunset glow as well as it lingered in the sky. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 30 sec, ISO-250

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Joshua Tree National Park startrails over windmill

Here is a startrail shot I processed from the windmill in Joshua Tree National Park. I framed Polaris in the center and went wide to make a symmetrical circle around it (some is cropped to show here). This one didn’t utilize a separate foreground exposure, just the added light from stacking the photos which consisted of about 80 frames. I took some facing the opposite direction with the MW which I’ll share down the road. Stacked in starstax and processed in photoshop. All files taken with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, 15 sec, f/2.8, ISO-6400

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall Fishing - Eastern Sierras Silver Lake

One of my personal faves from the Eastern Sierras that was taken a few years back. I’ve never been able to re-create this scene with all the elements lining up like in this shot which had fall colors, fog burning of the lake, a nice boat for my foreground, and a fisherman wading in the lake with a perfect cast. This is pretty much the full scene compressed to show here which wouldn’t fit in a 1:1 crop. This is taken at Silver Lake in the June Loop which is one of my favorite areas to view the fall colors. I’ve yet to get an epic burn from here either, so hoping for one this year. Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200, f/11, 1/50 sec, ISO-100

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Palos Verdes sunset burn - Golden Cove reflections

Seems like we’ve had more burns over the last few days than all of summer combined. Hopefully October and the change of seasons continues to produce. When some of the higher clouds burn I like to find a nice calm tidepool to snap the reflections in. While the sky wasn’t totally filled with clouds this night, the scattered clouds that were there burned real nice and pink. Had my CPL on while I was running around snapping comps, but made sure to minimize it to not cut through the water reflections. Sometimes I just like the simple scenes that allow you to appreciate the colors that mother nature provides. Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/11, 0.5 sec, ISO-50

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Palos Verdes sunset burn from Golden cove

Here’s one from last night’s sunset. It pretty much burned everywhere so as usual I was running around grabbing as many comps as I could as the burn moved through the sky. In this comp, I was hoping the cloud up top would get hit and once it did I framed this vertical shot to focus on just that one cloud along with some water flow in my foreground. I don’t even remember the last time I saw a good afterburn so I’m glad I was able to get out for this one. Hope all you socal peeps got a chance to get out and snap this one too. Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/11, ISO-64 blend of 0.8 sec and 1/30 sec exposures.