Friday, December 9, 2016

Anza Borrego dinosaur and milky way

I originally shot this in 2014 with my D7000 and Tokina 11-16. It was a single exposure focused on the dinosaur and the stars were not pinpoint sharp. Advancing my astro techniques over the years I wanted to retake this with my full frame and utilize focus stacking to ensure both the dino and the stars were sharp. The new version portrays the shot I wanted as I have a pet peeve about stars being slightly out of focus. I like this comp and how the dino is right in your face. A very cool structure by a very talented artist.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Anza Borrego startrails - bighorn sheep

It’s definitely a treat if you spot any bighorn sheep around the park. It’s the first thing that pops in my head when you mention Anza Borrego and that’s why I love the sculptures of them. The way they are posing called out for a startrail shot to add that element of star motion to the frozen sheep. In this version I kept the sheep a silhouette to really contrast against the statrails. I also used more star files to really make the trails bright to enhance that contrast. Polaris was lined up between them to keep a symmetrical feel to the shot.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

6th Street Bridge Los Angeles

The death of an iconic structure that has been in so many shows, movies, shoots, etc. There is beauty in everything, even destruction and I wanted to show it in this shot. I contemplated showing more of the freeway from the huge gap in the bridge, but ended up focusing on the rubble instead. More of a historically significant shot as the original structure will only live on through pics and memories but a very important part of this year.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sunset watching couple - Hilltop Park Signal Hill

This was just a right place right time moment. This sunset burned so long that it was still firing as the city lights came on. I love catching pics of people capturing the moment as I feel it tells a different kind of story than just a standard landscape shot. I knew this spot would be a perfect location to get some nice bokeh but the burning sky and sunset watching couple sealed the deal on this one for me.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pink vibes - Los Angeles sunset

This is one of my favorite views of Los Angeles as it combines 2 of my favorite things to shoot; landscapes and cityscapes. You can only get this view after a nice winter storm so the opportunity window each year narrows down to a few months. In addition you need low smog and a nice sunset to color the sky. The sky this night lit up in every direction and you can even see some of the fire reflecting off the buildings. I’ve been here maybe 15 times for both sunrise and sunset looking for this shot and this is the closest to ideal conditions that I’ve been able to see. I’ll still be chasing this shot year after year until I can, in my mind, get that one perfect shot.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

San Francisco twilight under the bay bridge

Here’s a shot I took this up in SF on my past trip which was taken at the beginning stages of twilight before I snapped on my wide for the finale. I really wanted the compression that the longer focal length offered, giving the city in the background more emphasis compared to a wide angle where the bridge just overtakes the shot. The sodium lighting of the city really lit up the fog providing some nice color contrast to the twilight blues. The bride provided a nice separation of the colors. Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/14, 30 sec, ISO-50

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Palos Verdes storm clearing rainbow at sunset

Glad we got some rain yesterday, it was much needed. Pulled a re-edit to one of my favorite rainbow shots which I always look for during storm clearings. This one formed over the southbay area as I was shooting from Flat Rock in Palos Verdes so I snapped on my telephoto lens and compressed this scene with a wave crashing in the foreground. Was fortunate to see the high clouds light up nice and pink to top off the scene. Here’s to more winter storms. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 0.8 sec, ISO-50