Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Twin Falls Milky Way, Mammoth Lakes

Here’s the MW shot I worked on from Twin Falls. As a disclaimer I didn’t come down here at night. I shot the foreground before hand and noticed that this shot faces towards the SE. We had other plans to hit Alabama hills and a few other stops so this is a composite of a Milky Way taken that same night. I don’t know the actual alignment here, or if the dark horse would be this visible above the tree line as you are looking pretty high up the falls. Nevertheless, the direction is true. Next time I’ll use my @photopills app down here to see how it lines up. Kept the trees on the darker side to both mimic night as well as to contrast against the bright falls. Blending trees or any type of soft edges is time consuming, but this one came out pretty good. Hope you enjoy it.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Alabama Hills sunset light rays

Gorgeous light doesn’t always have to come during golden hour or sunset. This was taken a bit before golden hour started as the sun dipped behind a big cloud and created an insane beam of light down on the hills. The light this night just seemed to glow and was magical to see.  The road curve was a perfect line out to frame this shot. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/11, ISO-50, multiple exposures blended.


Friday, September 8, 2017

San Francisco bay bridge cityscape at twilight

Last time I was above the bridge at this vantage was in 2014 so I wanted to come back and re-shoot this.  Got lucky with a boat passing through the frame in this single 30 sec exposure. You will notice that the majority of my city night shots are during the twilight hour. Why? You still capture the city lights but the dynamic range of the scene is less than when the sky turns completely black. This allows you to get a well balanced single shot without crushing darks or blowing all your highlights. Plus the addition of the blue sky adds a bit of interest compared to when it is black.Always shoot raw and at your lowest ISO to be able to pull shadows from your shot. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/11, 30 sec, ISO-50


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Movie Road, Alabama hills milky way

Movie road in Alabama hills has some stunning views. The road leading out towards Lone Pine Peak is one of the more popular ones. You can see why.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Joshua Tree National Park startrails

Here’s a startrail shot out in JTNP. The flower caught my eye while we were exploring and it lined up nicely with the rock behind and Polaris. I shot the foreground at twilight and took a timelapse sequence of the stars once it got dark. The rocks are almost monotone looking so I like the selective pop of color from the flower here.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Yosemite Falls sunlight and fog

I love shooting when the light is poking in and out of clouds. In this case, the thick storm clouds were clearing and for a moment a sick beam of light struck upper Yosemite Falls. We were all waiting for a rainbow that never came but this scene was still magical to see without one. This place never ceases to amaze me. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/14, 1/60 sec, ISO-50


Monday, August 28, 2017

Twin Falls, Mammoth Lakes

I don’t shoot mid-day often but the clouds we had made it impossible not to. They were the thick cumulous clouds and weren’t moving very fast so I knew I needed a super long exposure to get some streaking. I stacked my 10 stop ND and CPL to give me about 13 stops to allow me to leave the shutter open for 100 seconds. The mist made this shot hard, but a trick you can use is you can get away with quickly cleaning your lens with a cloth during your exposure since your exposure is so long. Be careful tho as sometimes darker spots can show up if you take too long, or you can easily bump/move your camera if you aren’t careful. This one worked out well tho as it was just a quick swipe of the cloth. The cloud streaks made some really cool patterns in this one. Looking down twin falls is one of my favorite views in Mammoth, looking up is equally as impressive.  

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/18, 103 sec, ISO-50


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Manzanar memorial under the stars

The Kanji on the Manzanar monument translates to “soul consoling tower” and honors those who died there in the 1940’s. Definitely a weird experience being on those grounds (especially at night) as it plays a big part in Japanese history. The monument is tall and points towards the sky so snapping a shot under the heavens seemed like a fitting tribute. This was taken on the way back to Mammoth from Alabama Hills. We stopped at a few spots to snap some MW pics through the night. This is a single composed frame taken 4 times back to back and stacked for noise reduction. Normally I would shoot some longer exposures for the foreground but we just snapped these and moved onto the next spot. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-6400


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Alabama hills golden sunset rays

Some incredible light witnessed at Alabama Hills this weekend. There were cumulus clouds hanging around all day which added some great drama to this shot. The layers out here are amazing. I left the cars in the shot to show the scale of the scene. Those cars are parked at the Mobius loop trailhead to give you a sense of where this shot was taken from. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 1/125 and 1/200 sec blended, ISO-50


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


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Los Angeles fireworks for 4th of July

Alright, here’s my first edit from the 4th of July party overlooking the city residents who put on a firework show for us. I snapped this series during the twilight hours to easily retain a bit of foreground details and keep from blowing out the skyline lights. If you saw my stories, you can see I blended several shots using the “lighten” blend mode in photoshop to get all the fireworks as well as some solid car trails. There weren’t many going off over the city closest to us but the few that did helped add to the composition. I shot this one straight on to get a direct line of sight down the freeway. The lights on the new Wilshire Grand were a nice touch. I have other comps as the city shows went off….maybe I’ll use them to do a timelapse…who knows :) Shot with the Nikon D750 and Nikkor 70-200.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Manhattan beach moody sunset skies

Man, what I wouldn’t give for some clouds like these right about now. Not even sure what type of clouds these were but it looked like a bunch of small tornadoes in the sky. I walked further away from the pier to make it more insignificant in this frame to really focus the shot on the sky. I got low to the sand and snapped this as the tide came up into my frame to use it as a leading line into the scene. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO-250


Monday, July 10, 2017

Yosemite Firefalls at sunset

What’s the coolest natural phenomenon you have witnessed or photographed? This is probably my favorite as it takes a lot of conditions to make it happen and better yet it’s in my home state. Got to witness it for the first time this year, and it probably won’t be my last time. I took a re-edit to this to bring out shadows in the foreground and warm up the treeline as the white balance was too cold for my liking. The cool part about this vantage was being above the treeline so I wanted to highlight that more


Friday, July 7, 2017

Los Angeles sunset

Last light shining back on the city of angels from the pre-firework celebration on the 4th. The marine layer provided a nice effect behind the skyline with the top of PV poking out through the fog. This was moments before the sun dipped behind the hills behind me, blasting that golden light across the freeway. The tiny cars on the freeway reminded me of a favorite childhood snack. I bumped the ISO a bit to freeze them.  

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 1/80 sec, ISO-320


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Firework spectators - Los Angeles

My standard firework shots are shot around f/8, 5-8 secs, ISO-100 but with this frame I wanted to catch the group of people watching the show. It was a candid shot so I had to shorten my shutter speed to freeze them as best as I could but still have a bit of a slow shutter to catch the streaks of the fireworks. I used my zoom lens to compress the scene, giving the sense that the fireworks are right in front of the spectators. I enjoy the main cluster of people, but really enjoy the couple off to the left sitting on the ground. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 1 sec, ISO-800


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July from Los Angeles

Part of me wishes they would shoot off fireworks from the top of the US Bank tower again so I can catch it from another angle. Part of me wishes they wont to keep the uniqueness of this image alive. Where is everyone shooting fireworks tonight? The city shows are cool and all but I’ve become a fan of watching the residents put on a show of their own. I may find a vantage overlooking a residential area to catch this tonight. Hope everyone has a safe 4th.


Monday, July 3, 2017

Yosemite National Park - Cathedrals reflected with foreground Grass

The foreground grass caught my eye in this shot. I positioned the frame so that the reflection still came through quite nicely. I got a bit of swamp foot trying to get out here though. Was glad to see a bit of the early morning blue skies before the clouds came in thick and covered it up. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/14, 1/20 sec, ISO-50


Sunday, July 2, 2017

San Pedro fireworks - Cars and Stripes 2017

Love when I can add an element to a location that is shot a lot so I came out here with some friends to catch the annual cars and stripes event in San Pedro. I figured the hill would be a pretty good location to watch the fireworks near the Vincent Thomas Bridge. They were a little further to the right than I thought, so I had to swap out my 70-200 for my 50 right after the show started. Luckily the show was pretty long, and I caught this frame with a nice clean burst high in the sky. A good warm up for the 4th coming up.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/8, 6 sec, ISO-100


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Los Angeles afterburn

A wider shot from my favorite angle of the city, catching that nice pink afterburn in the sky. The mountain range still had quite a bit of snow, and the air was relatively smog free. Look at all the green in the foreground that we got from all the rain this year. You know I’ll be back here next winter. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 4 sec, ISO-50.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fall Inspired Selfie - Yosemite National Park

A creative edit of yours truly looking out towards Yosemite Falls. It was wet and rainy and I wanted to grab a few shots from here regardless. We got here in the early am before all the tourists came flocking in. What influenced this edit were all the dead pine needles on the ground. So I made the trees the same color, giving the shot a hint of fall vibes. These trees were green in the original shot, and that’s the only thing that was changed. Let me know if you dig it. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/14, 1 sec, ISO-50


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Malibu hills fog at twilight

After shooting a great sunset with with my friend, we hung around for twilight as the fog activity picked up and poured down the mountains. The house on the left had some cool lights shining through, and the fog was beginning to flow into the lights down on the right as well. Had a tiny bit of light from the moon rising to our back as the scene was almost pitch black by this time. I was hoping for the fog to fill the valley but not too long after this shot, we got fogged in and called it a night. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/8, 30 sec, ISO-200


Friday, June 16, 2017

Second Beach sunset, La Push, Washington

I’m fortunate to live on the coast, and Cali has some amazing stretches of beaches with interesting caves and rock formations. But nothing took my breath away like seeing the seastacks up in Washington. Second Beach in the La Push area of Olympic National Park has some incredible ones. Sometimes, conditions don’t cooperate as with this cloudless night, so I made something out of nothing by focusing my shot on the seastack only. I found a pool of water to create symmetry in this image and used the setting sun to blast that golden light on the right side of the stack. 


Monday, June 5, 2017

Malibu Leo Carrillo cave milky way

Here’s a version of my recent outing to Malibu without the human element. The white balance is also warmer here giving the sky a bit more natural color. The contours of this Leo Carrillo cave are very cool and remind me of stalactites. Do you recall the difference between stalactites and stalagmites? Taking you back to school.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Malibu fog pano

Here’s a pano I created in Malibu for an upcoming 4 foot long client metalprint. I’ve been looking to re-create this shot but haven’t been able to catch these conditions again so I took a fresh look at the original files I shot this with. It’s a 4 image pano at 50mm, shot as fog sat in the valley of the Santa Monica Mountains. Various colors were lighting up the fog from the different sources of light below. One of the more unique fog captures I have been able to take and excited that my client will be able to see this bigger.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 50mm 1.8, f/2.8, 10 sec, ISO-1250


Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Man and his sheep - Eastern Sierra fall colors

I took a few comps of these sheep during my past trip with the fall trees in the back but in this one I framed in the herder. It’s a slightly modified version from the full 2:3 shot as the herder was hugging the right in the 1:1 crop. You can check the full shot under the peoplescape section of my site. Nikon D750, Nikkor 300mm, f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO-800


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Foggy Yosemite

We were up higher shooting down towards the Merced and Yosemite Valley catching some awesome fog flowing through the trees when the fog just rose up and engulfed us. The glow from this tunnel along with the misty mood were enough to get me to shoot this one. I framed the curving ledge in the foreground leading into the scene. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, 2.5 sec, ISO-50


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Barker dam milky way reflctions - Joshua Tree NP

Here’s one of my new faves from JTNP. It’s a version of the barker dam MW shot without the human element. With the previous shot I toned down the exposure on the rocks so that it wouldn’t conflict with the human and lantern light. In this version I kept it brighter to really show the details and patterns in the rocks. The perfect reflection kind of made the rocks look like a couple of alien ships waiting to take off. The WB is cooler here and not as yellow, giving the rocks a more natural tone. I’m really glad we were able to catch water in the dam. Even better that we had the entire place to ourselves all night. Another hidden gem in the desert. Protect and preserve for future generations. 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy 80th birthday Golden Gate Bridge

Wasn’t going to post this weekend but we just relaxing right now in Santa Barbara and I had to wish a happy 80th to this sexy thing. We aren’t from the area, but it’s one of our favorite places to visit. Great photo locations, great food, and a great city all around. Until we meet again…


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Los Angeles skyline and Mt. Baldy

A shot at 300mm to compress Los Angeles and the snow capped Mt. Baldy. My favorite city view.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Palos Verdes wildflowers and sun halo

I came out to Palos Verdes to see if I could get above the fog but it was burning off towards sunset. I noticed a faint halo so I headed down the hills to find a good comp to line this up. Couldn’t get the full halo with the hillside in view but the yellow mustard hillside provided some additional interest to the shot. Caught a bird in the middle, but probably a bit too small to see here. I love how green our hills were this spring. Definitely allowed me to venture out to different areas to catch all the spring goodness. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, ISO-500, multiple exposures.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Joshua Tree National Park - startrails by moonlight

Here’s the first startrail I setup for during our last trip out to JTNP while we were waiting for the MW to rise. We found some cool formations around the barker dam area. I shot the foreground at twilight and as we were waiting for the night to fall, the setting moon provided some great side light on the scene so I re-shot my foreground under the moonlight which added some nice shadows to give some extra depth to the shot. I then ran my lapse for the trails and combined them to what you see here. You can see previous water levels on some of the rocks towards the back. This park never disappoints and there is so much to explore here. I’m lucky to live fairly close to here and hope the park stays protected so that I can bring my kids here when they get older.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Montana De Oro stormy seascape sunset

Haven’t posted a seascape in a while so here’s one from my last trip out to Montana De Oro. I came out during a clearing storm and was treated to a very nice moody sky. I found some great foreground rocks and waited for a wave to roll through to snap this. Some cool rock formations out in this area, I’d highly recommend a visit. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/14, 0.6 sec and 1/30 sec blended, ISO-100


Friday, May 12, 2017

Malibu fog and sun rays at sunset

This is the place to be when the marine layer rolls in. It was overcast at home and down at the Malibu beach level before I made the climb up, but as soon as I started climbing up Piuma I broke free and got to witness some amazing fog rolling down the Santa Monica Mountains. I’ve already been here a few times this year but this is probably the best I’ve seen. My trifecta here is the valley full of fog, rays piercing through the peaks, and a nice burn up top. This is pretty damn close, but I’ll be coming back here more during the gloom months to try and snag another. I went a tad wider here to catch the golden hour burn as well as the backlit tree tops to use in my foreground. I hiked up a little ways from the popular pull out to get a slightly different comp. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/11, ISO-100, multiple exposures manually blended.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Joshua Tree National Park startrails - Barker Dam

I’ve caught some decent MW reflections in bodies of water but never startrails so I was excited to dig into this one. The wind had died down a few hours after sunset so after shooting some other trails, I setup here to try our luck at capturing these reflections. Every now and then gusts of winds would come and disturb the still water, so we just ran our lapse and hoped for the wind to stay calm and luckily it did. The trailing reflections in the water are almost perfect. I made sure to frame in Polaris and the reflection of it as well. I should have positioned the camera slightly lower but still happy with how it came out. Was an awesome trip seeing the dam full of water as it has been pretty dry for the past few years. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, foreground: f/4, 150 sec, ISO-3200, stars: 1 hour of f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO-6400 processed in StarStax.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Little People Big World

I always go into trips prepared with a ton of images in my head that I want to take. In the back of my mind I always know that conditions change and I have to be ready to adapt. But sometimes it’s the shots that I never expect to take that tend to stick out. We were in the meadow watching half dome dip in and out of the fog. When the sun broke through the clouds the valley floor would burn off mist and in this particular case it was right over the walkway across the meadow. I quickly changed lenses to my tele, bumped my ISO a little to freeze the people, and snapped a few. I absolutely love the scale here. Everything here is big, the waterfalls, the granite walls, even the trees, and I feel like this shot displays that aspect of this park. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO-500


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Happy starwars day

May the 4th be with you.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Milky Way reflections from Barker Dam

Astrophotography is some of the hardest to both shoot and edit but seeing the final image is always worth it. Even before you click the shutter; it takes finding a dark location, hiking out/shooting at odd hours of the night, setting up your comp and trying to focus in the dark. As soon as we saw a good amount of water here, all other plans were scrapped and we spent all night here shooting startrails and the MW. We both knew this was the money comp, but it took all night for the MW to move into position for this shot. I composed my shot and took 4 shots for the rocks at f/4, ISO-4000, 120 secs which were mean stacked, then I walked over to the rocks with my lantern and shot another exposure at f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO-6400, then when the MW slotted into position I shot the last 3 exposures for the sky at f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO-10,000 and mean stacked them. Everything was then blended manually. It wasn’t the darkest of nights so I knew I needed to push the ISO to really bring out the reflections in the water. While somewhat faint, the motionless water provided some awesome reflections which in itself is so cool to see in the middle of the desert. As we walked back to the car, the pre-sunrise light started glowing on the horizon capping off an epic but exhausting night.


Monday, April 17, 2017

El Matador cave Milky Way selfie, Malibu CA

Here’s a shot from the Matador cave. Little bit less light pollution glow in this cave facing more South and the edit is a little more natural with the sky being a bit warmer and not as blue as my shot from the Leo cave. I took some with a human element and some without and while the one without is great, the one with me standing here shows you how big this cave is. There are a ton of crevices you can shoot under at this beach looking like you are in a cave when in reality you are just crouched under a rock formation. This one requires a low tide and since it’s a bit of a walk plus you have to go around some inlets, you don’t want to get caught out here with the rising tide. Always be safe and check tide tables before you go. I’m glad I was able to check these caves off my list of MW shots to get. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, foreground: f/4, 120 sec, ISO-1600, sky: f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-5000


Friday, April 14, 2017

Elysian park wildflowers, Los Angeles

Amazing how you can find natural beauty right along side city elements. It’s one of my favorite juxtapositions to shoot as they go so well together in my mind. This spring time goodie is from Elysian with the coreopsis out in full force overlooking Dodger stadium and the LA skyline. The sky had some nice textures which I streaked a tiny bit with a ND filter.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Half dome in sunrise fog

My friend and I spent some time getting shots of half dome during our trip. We spent one am around the bridge and the meadow looking back at the face. We came here in the early am hours but the cloud cover was real thick with only a glimpse of half dome here and there. After shooting Yosemite Falls for a bit we returned to a bit of a clearing. As the sun popped out it provided great light on the scene and also started burning off some fog from the valley floor. It was cool to see the atmospheric conditions change with the fog rising up and the clouds over half dome moving sideways. The two took on 2 slightly different tones as well. I framed in some trees but framed out the merced as there were no reflections to be had with how fast it was moving. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, 1/60 sec, ISO-50


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Malibu Mammatus clouds

Here’s one of the shots I took during Friday’s epic display of Mammatus over the Santa Monica mountains. I spotted some weird textures as I was on PCH and as I was winding up Piuma they were getting really wicked. I stopped at the main pull out to snap this formation before it blew away. I pretty much had time to snap some at 50, 70 and with my wide before they started breaking up and drifting to the right. I packed up, headed up to the dirt lot with the memorial to snap more as they kept shape shifting. I would have liked to be at the higher pullout for the original shots but I didn’t want to risk them loosing formation before I was able to get there and get setup. The formation reminds me of a genie with the tornado part on the bottom left that you see coming out of the magic lanterns with his head top left. My wife saw a dog’s head. What do you see? I’ll share the many shapes I saw in posts down the road. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 1/40 sec, ISO-50


Friday, April 7, 2017

Spring wildflowers in Palos Verdes

I came out to these spring wildflowers in Palos Verdes the sky looked promising but a burn never happened. I did get some really nice golden hour formations tho and the color palette went nicely with all the yellow. Took quite a few shots for both focus stacking as well as exposure blending. Not the easiest shot to blend with the mustard bleeding into the sky. Luminosity masks was the easiest to make the blend work. Wind was an issue so had to bump the ISO more than I like for landscape shots but it all worked out.  Very cool to see all the hillsides alive with color this spring. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, ISO-1000, multiple exposures.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Sunrise burn - Half dome and fog - Yosemite CA

I realize I haven’t posted any fire shots as all of them have just been foggy ones. So here’s a nice colorful sunrise we were treated to on the way in from Yosemite West. Got some nice fog action hanging around the valley and a bit up near the peaks with only a portion of half dome peaking out saying good morning. We weren’t actually planning for any color this am but with how drastic the weather changes around here I guess it’s no surprise. We may have missed any intense pre-burn but this was still a great sight to see.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, 1/5 sec, ISO-50