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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Leo Carrio beach cave and milky way

Here’s the final shot from the early am sesh out in Malibu on Tuesday am. We spent the 3-4 hours we had in the Leo and Matador cave. This cave specifically points to the SE so it’s ideal to catch it during the early MW season before it starts getting too far South. It’s also ideal to catch it slanting across the cave which you can’t get during the later months of the season. Tide has to be pretty low. More so for Matador but here as well. Lastly the sky has to be clear which isn’t always the case as the gloom months come along. You can’t take this shot right as the MW rises either as you are looking straight out towards Santa Monica and the southbay which is where all the glow is from. I knew I wanted a human on the rocks but we added a light to compliment the light pollution. Once the MW rose high enough over the pollution but just a bit before the dark horse moved too far right out of frame we snapped these shots around 4am. Perfect timing and perfect conditions and all within LA county. You get some cool shadows in the cave from the light pollution so I brought them out in post to really give the cave that 3D contrast. Usually I prefer the evenly lit/natural light scenes but I embraced this one. One of my new favorite astro shots from Malibu, up there with some of my fav astro shots in general. I’ll post up a shot from the El Matador cave down the road. Great way to kick in that 2017 milk.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Palos Verdes seascape burn

Here’s the final burn from my recent story showing the blending of the sky. I used luminosity masks to both blend and edit. Luminosity masks are based on tones. So a set of masks will give you bright/mid/dark tones. You then layer your bracketed exposures and use one of the light masks to blend the sky onto your darker foreground layer without affecting the foreground too much. With any blending you can’t blend a super bright image on a super dark image without getting some halos and weird artifacting. For example in this shot I took an exposure for the water, then kept increasing 2-3 stops and shot exposures until I got an exposure that has no blown highlights. I’ll then use as many files as I need to blend in the sky gradually. Luminosity masks are also used for my general editing. Midtone editing works very well without blowing out your whites or making your blacks too dark compared to if you just add a global contrast adjustment. Check out vids online from people like Tony Kuyper or Jimmy Mcintyre. Luminosity masks are one of the more complex things to learn in PS but they give you full control of blending without having to resort to HDR programs that can leave your photos looking a bit unnatural with surreal textures and neon colors in the sky. That’s purely preference, but my style is more on the natural side. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bridalveil falls, Yosemite National Park

I was hoping I was going to be able to capture this shot. We stayed in Yosemite West so every time in and out of the valley we would check fog levels at Tunnel View. On this day it was just as I wanted with Bridalveil falling into the fog with various trees below peaking out. This was the number one abstract shot on my list to get and I’m excited the fog played nice and was the perfect height. Fog lifted not to long after I shot this and the scene was gone. For those who have seen the fog roll around the valley you know I’m not lying when I say the fog literally changes the scene by the minute. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/16, 1/30 sec, ISO-1000

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mt. Rainier National Park - spring wildflowers

Spring is definitely in the air. Have seen tons of shots popping up from the local deserts and hills with beautiful wildflowers. Don’t know if I am going to have a chance to get out to capture any this season and if not I’ll have to live through everyone else’s pictures. Here’s an early spring shot from Mt. Rainier with some beautiful Avalanche Lilies growing along the hills. There was still quite a bit of snow on the trails when we visited but it made for a nice seasonal shift photo. I love the spring time shots but it seems that it’s the season that I have the least photos of. Guess I’ll have to try and change that going forward. Hopefully we’ll see some good weather through the season before summer comes along.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cathedral Peaks reflected - Yosemite National Park

We came here on the last day of our trip and arrived in the am while the light was still good. We headed to the North side to catch the Cathedral Spires reflected in the water. The clouds were changing every few minutes but luckily the water was dead calm. I had to walk out on a log to get an unobstructed view and I dropped my remote shutter trigger but it was worth it. Had a bit of low clouds hanging around the scene which added to the vibe of the shot. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/16, 1/10 sec, ISO-50

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sun Halo - Palos Verdes seascape sunset

A nice sun halo seascape from the coves of Palos Verdes

Monday, March 13, 2017

Firefalls close up - Yosemite National Park

I took a few close-ups of the Firefalls as the wind picked up. Part of the fun of watching this event is seeing the mist coming off horsetail falls light up in different shapes and patterns. The mist during this sequence almost took on the shape of the falls and drifted to the right before eventually disappearing. A mesmerizing thing to see. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 1/6 sec, ISO-50

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring wildflowers in Los Angeles

The seasonal shift is in the air with March here. If you are looking for something different from here, come check out these hills when the wildflowers are out especially now while there is still snow up on Baldy. Given the rain we had, there should already be some blooms across the hills of Los Angeles. This was taken a year ago and I waited for the sun to rise to provide some great backlight on the flowers to really make them pop. There are spots all over Griffith and Elysian to catch some nice blooms and the fun part is going out exploring to find them. Framing a nice bloom along with aspects of the city gives off a nice juxtaposition. Happy spring wildflower hunting. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/14, 1/8 sec, ISO-100

Monday, March 6, 2017

Yosemite falls reflection

Probably one of my faves from the trip. Don’t think I could have asked for better conditions. A ton of clouds hanging around the peaks, some lower clouds swirling around upper Yosemite Falls and just a hint of crisp blue sky from the clearing storms. Top that all off with a picture perfect reflection. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/14, 1/15 sec, ISO-50

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sunrise fire - Los Angeles CA

An amazing sunrise burn from Kenneth Hahn Park in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mammatus clouds over Manhattan beach pier at sunset

Check out those sexy clouds hanging over the MB pier. The sky had some nice golden hour color to it and it was pretty windy so these clouds weren’t in frame all too long. Once I spotted them forming I snapped a few shots before they blew past me. Other than the Big Sur shot I showed a bit ago, this is the only other time I’ve caught these with types of clouds with my camera. These are tiny compared to what some areas get to see, but its still very cool to see as they don’t form around here all that often. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/16, 0.4 sec, ISO-50

Monday, February 27, 2017

Foggy Merced and Bridalveil falls - Yosemite National Park

I don’t think I’ve seen so much fog in one trip and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. Very peaceful watching it move in and out. We came up here for sunrise and were treated to this view high above the Merced with Bridalveil and the Cathedrals in the background. The fog was still pretty low cutting between the trees and canyon. This was my second snap and literally 1 minute later the fog rose up and the scene changed. I was able to catch the tips of the Cathedrals poking out of the fog. We caught a pretty good post sunrise burn so I’ll post some of those wider shots down the road.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 30 sec, ISO-100

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Firefalls vectorama - Yosemite National Park

A vectorama of the Firefalls phenomenon with some gorgeous light rays illuminating the foreground tree tops.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Keyhole arch sunset in Big Sur

Here’s a wide version of the keyhole sunset from the other side from the second night when we had a great sky. I only had time to snap a few from the right side and then from this side before the beam disappeared due to clouds. Literally after I snapped this set, I went to put on my telephoto and it was gone for the rest of the night. That’s ok though because I got a ton of abstract shots from the first night. Angle is a little weird, but I didn’t want to get in the way of the people shooting head on so this is what I ended up with. It was still great to be able to move around and not be restricted to one spot. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/22, ISO-50, multiple exposures blended.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lookup BTS - Lunday Canyon Fall colors

Here’s  a fun one of my friend shooting his lookup shot in one of the only good looking groves in Lundy Canyon during our fall trip. Most of the aspens round the lake and at the beaver ponds were well past peak. I took some lookup shots of my own, but fun to show how other people capture theirs. The red contrasts nicely against the vibrant yellows. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/18, 1/80 sec, ISO-1000