Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Oahu Hawaii

I came here with the fam and passed by this exact spot on the way to another to snap some shots of the kids. The sky was clear so I knew I had to come back for this shot so I came back before the day we headed home. Never seen so many fish in a single spot it was sort of creepy. I used my CPL to cut through the surface reflection and waited for the high sun to peak through the clouds to add some contrast depth to the shot. The Ho'omaluhia Reservoir is in the back along with some of the botanical garden greenery. I spent a few hours here that day and have plenty more shots from here to show. Definitely a gem on Oahu. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO-100

Monday, August 6, 2018

Milky Way over Mauna Loa

There were two shots I was looking for on Mauna Kea. One was the horizontal Milky Way over the fissure glow which I got. The second was the vertical milk as it aligned over Mauna Loa. By the time I finished all the takes of the horizontal milk, I had a mean headache from the altitude from being up there well before sunset and hiking around a bit. Couple that with an early flight to Oahu the next day I decided not to hang around past midnight to get the vertical alignment. I did snag the foreground I wanted to use with it tho so for now you get a composite of a50mm milk blended in with my foreground.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Full moonrise sequence over Los Angeles

Here’s what the moonrise sequence looked like at 300mm. The moon stayed nice and orange as it rose through all that haze. This was a little harder to put together than I anticipated because the earlier frames were only a tad after sunset and the later frames were during twilight. This is about 30 minutes the rise using the lighten blend mode to add moon frames to the original base frame.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

winter milky way hot creek landscape

Man this place is like the “tunnel view” of Mammoth. Used to be able to sit here, chill, take some shots and just have a moment to myself. Now you got photo groups here and half naked men all up in the creek. Awesome! Here’s a hot/cold composite from this past winter. Took the MW at night then shot Hot Creek in the early twilight am hours. This line up works, just not in the winter but that THICK coat of powder on the Sierras just couldn’t be ignored.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Laze Plume, Hawaii lava flow into Ocean

Here’s a straight lookdown shot of the laze plume where the lava is entering the ocean. The water patterns interested me and I felt it went with this abstract like shot so I framed it in. You can see glimpses of the lava glow though the plume. Not much time to think/compose shots but glad I snagged this one as we were flying over. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO-400

Friday, July 20, 2018

Redondo Beach Pier sunset seascape

Last week’s sunset was the best one so far this summer…possibly the best one of the year. Clouds looked good all day so I already had my gear packed and once the kids went down I rushed out the door to the Redondo pier as it’s close to me. After snapping some golden hour shots I moved to get this comp at the height of the afterburn. The waves were coming in pretty strong so I setup low to get some awesome wave action into my foreground. Been here a few times but the conditions were never great so glad I finally got a shot here with an epic burn. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, ISO-50, multiple exposures.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cholla cactus Milky Way, Joshua Tree National Park

Here’s one from the Cholla cactus garden in JTNP. I scouted this comp in the day and it was close to the trail so I just noted it mentally and left. I came back at the very end of twilight after shooting at arch rock and it took a while to find as the light was fading. Luckily I stumbled upon it and shot the foreground with a slight bit of light left in the sky and then shot the MW as it rose later that night. When I came back to edit this I noticed some wildlife on the right side of the a rabbit or something. Creepy thinking about other more dangerous animals out there that can’t be seen because I always hear coyotes howl in that area.