Monday, February 20, 2017

Yosmite falls reflection

Had a great extended weekend up in Yosemite. Weather was crazy from patches of clear skies to see firefalls, to rain and snow, and a whole lot of fog. Recent storms left behind massive puddles and I took full advantage for many reflection shots. This was taken on Thursday when we first got there. Just call it a quick warm up edit until I dig into some of the other ones. Many more shots to come. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/14, 1/25 sec, ISO-50

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lenticular clouds over Hollywood hills - Los Angeles

Got a heads up on Thursday the 9th from a friend that there was some sexy lenticulars over the San Gabriel range. As soon as I was able to break free I jammed to Kenneth Hahn to see what I could snap. The fog was already rolling in from the coast so I wasn’t that optimistic but luckily the fog was still spotty as I got up on the hill. The view out towards downtown was bad and the lenticular cloud out that way was a bit to the right of the city and lost a lot of its formation and layering. So I moved spots to the lookout where you can see the Hollywood sign and there was a nice long formation looming overhead. The Hollywood sign would go in and out of the fog and I just stood there admiring the scene for a little as the fog rolled by. I took out my camera and snapped a few handheld shots and literally 5 minutes later the Hollywood sign was no longer visible. Then about 10 minutes after that I got completely fogged in. You can still make out some layers of the cloud but not like earlier in the day. Still glad I was able to catch this in time as I’ve never seen these types of clouds over LA before. Definitely a cool shot to have. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 1/100 sec, ISO-100

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Twin Falls, Mammoth Lakes CA

Here’s one from above twin falls from my past fall color trip. I love this view with the trees framing the lake, but it faces north so a sunset burn isn’t the easiest to get. Luckily we got a bit of golden hour color, during when this shot was taken. Water was flowing nicely due to the recent storms. I have another shot I want to get from here, but it’ll have to wait until the next trip. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 145-24, f/11, 1 sec and 1/15 sec blended, ISO-50

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Orange sunset over Los Angeles and snow capped Mt. Baldy

There’s usually a short time period after the last light creeps above the mountains where some ambient light amplifies the peak making it stand out a little better. This was the time period that this was shot, when the sky was still orange. Unfortunately we didn’t get a great pink burn after to go along with it, but the textures in the clouds here were pretty awesome.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bixby Bridge Startrails - Big Sur

The moon was out but to my back and it provided some great light on the scene. I shot a few exposures for the foreground and the car trails then setup my intervolemeter for the timelapse sequence used to make my startrails. Foreground consists of a few exposures at f/5, 30 sec, ISO-1000 and the stars are a stack of 100 shots at f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-2000 which were combined in StarStax. All shots were with the Nikon D750 and Nikkor 14-24.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Eastern Sierra Petroglyphs and the Milky Way

I stood a bit higher off the ground for this version of my petroglyph Milky Way shot, which placed less emphasis on an in your face foreground. If I was lower the rock in the back blended too much with the mountain range in the background. Always good practice to scan your shot for little nuances, as sometimes the little things can make or break your shot. Definitely don’t want to be finding comp errors after the fact especially for those places that you may never be going back to again. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, sky - f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-6400, foreground – f/14, 5 sec, ISO-500

Friday, January 27, 2017

Big Sur keyhole arch sunset light

Another version of the abstract shot I took from day 1 of the keyhole arch sunset while the sky was clear. This one was taken close to sunset when the light started getting nice and rich. Caught a good amount of motion from waves crashing off the rocks, a halfway decent beam, and some water spilling down the backside of the portal looking like lava. The beam itself is interesting, but my goal was to specifically capture these lit up splashes as it creates a bit more interest throughout the scene. You can see how windy it was, but I think it helps add a sense of power to the shot. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/16, 0.8 sec, ISO-50.