Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Palos Verdes sunset seascape

Been trying to get this comp down at one of my favorite PV coves for some time. The tide/waves need to be just right to get the spillover effect here. Usually when I come it’s barely trickling down but during this session the sets were big enough to get some nice waves coming over the rock. I snapped this set as the sun was about to set behind the rock giving me the sunburst. This is the burst with the 14-24 and I must say that the 20mm 1.8 burst is much cleaner but I needed a wider lens to get this all in. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/14, ISO-64, multiple exposures blended manually.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Malibu foggy sunset

Here’s some epic fog out in Malibu with one of my friends. Forecast looked good so we headed up to Piuma to catch the fog flow. There was some awesome pre-sunset burn magic in the air so I went vertical to catch it with the fog. Haven’t had too many sessions with both good low fog and a high burn so this one stands out as one of the better ones I have shot from here. I kept the fog bright to focus attention on it and to contrast against the dark mountains. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/11, ISO-50, multiple exposures manually blended.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Yosemite Valley sunset shadows

Look like tunnel view? It’s actually the mirror image with Horsetail and El Cap on the right and the Cathedrals and Bridalveil on the left. This was my original comp for Firefall but most of the clouds blew away so I stuck to tele comps only. The sun was splashing across the valley floor though and it made for some epic light and shadow play. I snapped this series just as the sun was about to set behind the Cathedrals. What’s cool about Firefall is you can see that beam of light on Horsetail get smaller and smaller until it turns into the epic condensed beam of lava light. I’m glad I took this series while we were waiting before the clouds blew away. 

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hot Creek Milky Way Pano - Mammoth Lakes

The files used for this shot are from my October fall trip last year to the Eastern Sierras. I used a 50mm foreground shot taken in the am twilight hours from Hot Creek combined with a 50mm MW shot from June Lake Loop the next night during twilight for the sky. Both shots are to the SW and true to the alignment of the MW straight down Hot Creek during this time of the year. I hope to grab more 50mm shots this fall season. The Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens works quite well given the price point. This is a 4:5 crop of the full vertical pano.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, foreground: f/14, 2 sec, ISO-50, sky: f/2.5, 6 sec, ISO-6400

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Malibu Milky Way with fog

I came out to Malibu to shoot Malibu Canyon Road head on with my 50mm. Given the focal length, this image had to be a panorama in order to work. For those that have shot here, the view down this line looks out almost directly south. I wanted the shot to be strong vertically so I shot the foreground around midnight as the fog crept in and the Milky Way around 1am once it was more vertical as it rotated further west. This image consists of 4 shots, 1 for the foreground and 3 for the Milky Way. The road looks tiny compared to the Milky Way but there is a car down at the bottom of the road showing just how large the entire scene is.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, foreground: f/4, 20 sec, ISO-1000, sky: f/2, 8 sec, ISO-4000

Monday, July 24, 2017

Yosemite Falls reflected

Some of the best conditions I’ve seen. Low fog, high clouds mixed with after storm blue skies, raging Yosemite Falls and a perfect reflection. Don’t think I could have asked for anything else. The mood here was incredible, almost dreamlike. Definitely one of my favorite sets from my recent trip. This is a portrait version of a shot I posted back. I always recommend shooting both landscape and portrait versions whenever possible if your composition allows for it. Sometimes a client may love a shot but only have room for a specific orientation which can help seal the deal on a sale. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/14, 1/50 sec, ISO-50

Monday, July 17, 2017

Foggy Trees, Yosemite National Park

When you describe a shot of trees and fog it doesn’t sound special at all, but being there seeing it changes everything. The way the fog creeps in and out, rises up and down, and flows like waves is just mesmerizing. A hint to singling out strong abstract scenes is to scan the landscape through your telephoto lens. This can help your eye focus on sections of the scene when the entire scene from a place like tunnel view can be overwhelming. In this comp, I framed the dead trees up front with an S like pattern of fog winding through the trees, and a fog white out in the back. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, 0.6 sec, ISO-50