Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Malibu fog pano

Malibu canyon fog pano

Here is the full pano from the shot I posted a week ago from Malibu. The mountain range provided an awesome frame for the fog covered city which lit up the fog with some awesome colors. This is a 3 shot horizontal pano all shot with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, 10 sec, f/2.8, ISO-1250.


Friday, June 26, 2015

LA Milky Way - Santa Monica Mountains

Milky Way over the Santa Monica Mountains from Malibu

Ever wondered if you able to capture the Milky Way in Los Angeles county? If you drive out west to Malibu or up in the Santa Monica mountains you can get some fairly dark skies and can faintly make out the MW core with your naked eye once they adjust to the darkness. Granted it won't be as dark as if you drive inland to the deserts but on the flip side YOU ARE IN LA COUNTY. This shot looks out south towards PCH and the ocean which are covered by a thick layer of fog. I framed a small part of the mountain range for some depth. The city pollution bleeds in from the left.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-2000

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Golden Girl - San Francisco

Moody Golden Gate Bridge shot in the rain

Keepin it in the Bay Area for this throwback. This was the first night I ever photographed this beaut with my dslr. She looks great in all conditions and in this case in the rain. My wife was holding the umbrella over the camera for me while I shot this. The golden glow is an awesome contrast against the dark stormy sky. One of my faves of her, need to get back up there for some more shots.
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 18-200@18mm, f/11, 30 sec, ISO-100

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tree of Life - Red Rock Canyon State Park

Tree of Life, Red Rock Canyon State Park

This is a shot I was envisioning the previous time we hit red rock canyon state park but I couldn't find any Joshua trees in the dark. During a return trip I hit this location first. Used a green glow stick to illuminate a sole Joshua tree with the Milky Way in the background.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2.2, 20 sec, ISO-6400


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Lake Perfection - Whistler Mountain

Whistler Mountain reflections, Canada

Throwback to when we hiked around Whistler Mountain on out trip up to Canada. This was a random snap from a lake looking over towards Blackcomb Mountain. Wasn't until I got home that I really appreciated the image and the near perfect reflections.
Nikon D7000, tokina 11-16, f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO-100

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Searching for Sunday - Joshua Tree National Park Arch Rock

Arch Rock Light painting, Joshua Tree

Man the weekends go by fast. Y'all thought I was done posting pictures of this arch huh? Had to get some with our flashlights beaming out towards the sky so here is a self portrait of me doing so. Love how the thin clouds really enhance the size of some of the stars. This one has a bit more contrast than the other arch shots I posted. You can see that the clouds pretty much blocked the Milky Way by the time I climbed up here but I wanted to show the scale of this thing as it does tend to look quite small in pictures.
Shooting at Joshua tree. Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/1.8, 15 sec, ISO-6400

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sepulveda Dam steel wool

Spinning wool at the Sepulveda Dam
Here is a spin at the Sepulveda dam to get the weekend started right. This was really a test shot to ensure our exposures were on point for the double spins we did but I like the way this one came out with the light really focused under the dam where I was spinning. Left in the vertical distortion as it adds a unique element to the shot. I also like how the solo spins dont really interfere with the lights up top. Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/8, 20 sec, ISO-125


Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Pinnacle of Pinnacles - Point Lobos State Reserve

Point Lobos, Pinnacle Rock sunset
Throwback to a few years ago when we visited Point Lobos State Reserve while taking a coastal trip. Love this place as it has a lot of great hikes with awesome views. The sky was looking fierce and wasn't sure if it would light up but a bit of color broke through after the sun dipped below the horizon. Love me some storm clouds and when they light up it's a win win.
Nikon D7000, tokina 11-16@11mm, f/10, 15 sec, ISO-100



Friday, June 5, 2015

Desert Milky Way - Anza Borrego

Camping under the Anza Borrego Stars

Here is an older image I never shared before that I had a chance to revisit with a fresh edit. Ever shot the Milky Way during twilight? While the stars start to get washed out by the rising sun, the blue sky adds a whole other element to it. I usually shoot cityscapes at twilight but astro shots also work well granted you are in a dark enough area where the stars are still visible. This was taken while camping in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Nikon D7000, tokina 11-16@11mm, f/4, 30 sec, ISO-1600


Monday, June 1, 2015

Los Angeles burn

Happy Monday hope everyone had a good weekend.  I  wanted to post one from this spot from the peak of sunset as it burned up real good over LA. If I'm shooting thru sunset and twilight I try to move a bit for different comps but if you've been here you know comps are limited. I was able to use one file for this edit as the dynamic range wasn't as great.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/16, 2 sec, ISO-50