Monday, April 27, 2015

The Cascading Pour

Here is a sunset from a few weeks ago from the coves of Palos Verdes. I setup right near the edge to catch the incoming tide movement. The foreground rocks broke it up into sections providing some nice flowing rapids. This is a manual blend of 2 exposures.
EXIF: Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/8, 1/2 sec and 1/20 sec, ISO-200

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lighting the Milky Way

Lighting the Milky Way, Red Rock Canyon State Park
My man @half_tone playing with his light saber in the dark while we were stargazing at Red Rock canyon state park. Cliche? Maybe. Awesome? Definitely

 EXIF: Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, 20 sec, f/1.8, ISO-3200

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Would you rather camp under the galaxy or sleep in a nice comfortable bed in a 5-star hotel? Red rock canyon state park,, Cantil, CA.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2.8, 20 sec, ISO-6400

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Happy International Dark Sky Week

Road to the Milky Way, Red Rock canyon State Park, Cantil CA
It's only right that I was able to get out Friday pre dawn for some Milky Way shots with the new D750 and 20mm 1.8. The combo is great. Didn't have to really push the ISO this time so I'll try that in a future test. The lens itself is nice. Corners are sharp but coma is a apparent wide open at 1.8 which does improve quite a bit by 2.8. Most of my shots from this morning were around f/ 1.8-2 and figured id take a little more coma over having to bump the ISO up to the 6400 range.

Shooting at red rock canyon state park. Only thing driving down highway 14 at 3 am are big rigs so we took full advantage of it and captured some double decker light trails with the Milky Way. Excited to look through the rest of the photos and get out for another trip next month for more astro shots.

EXIF Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2, 20 sec, ISO-3200

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Flare On

Sunburst and sunflare, Palos Verdes

This was the sunset from this past Friday from Palos Verdes. I waited for the sun to go down and line up with some rocks to get the flare. I also left the dirty lens flare in the shot. Originally I was going to use a shot without it, but since it's confined in a small area I went with it. This was a tricky one to blend as the dynamic range is huge from the bright sun to the dark foreground. Had to use 3 exposures utilizing luminosity masks to blend. Edges were still rough after blending so had to clean them up a bit. Waiting for the day our cameras can pick up this much dynamic range in a single shot without the use of grads.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/16, ISO-100, blend of 4 sec, 1/15 sec, 1/4 sec

Monday, April 13, 2015

Milky Way Monday

Happy MWM -Milky Way that even a thing??? Here is a re-edit to a shot from the south tufa area of mono lake. I made sure I got here before sunset to get setup and composed before it got dark. There were photographers scattered everywhere and a lot of light sources going off all the time so I just snapped multiple frames hoping to catch some without any.
Nikon D7000, tokina 11-16@11mm, f/2.8, 25 sec, ISO-3200