Sunday, September 27, 2015

Zen - Low fog over Palos Verdes

Low fog sunset from Palos Verdes

Sometimes it's the unexpected photos that turn out to be the good ones. I wasn't expecting to shoot last night. I was out in Palos Verdes scouting some spots and the sky was pretty clear where I was. In fact I didn't even take my camera out. I packed up prior to sunset and headed back home. As I was near the top of the hill I glanced out towards the ocean and saw some low fog with clouds above starting to light up. I took the first turn at a nearby park, ran up the hill, and caught the afterburn. I love watching a good sunset, but I also like to capture people watching them as well. This comp caught my eye as I was walking up. A single bench with a lady just sitting peacefully enjoying the show. This view is looking NE towards the southbay beaches with Malibu out in the distance. I think I've seen low fog over the southbay once before and I didn't have my camera so I was glad I could capture this moment. If I woulda knew it was rolling in I woulda been here for sunset.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120 @120mm, f/4, 1/200 sec, ISO-1000


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Burn Baby Burn - Palos Verdes

Long Exposure fire sunset, Palos Verdes

Been a while since we had a good afterburn. I found myself running around trying to catch this awesome burn in all directions. This was the peak of the burn facing out west. Took a long exposure for the foreground to give it the ethereal feel and smooth out the water. Hope you like it.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tippy Tops - Fall in the Eastern Sierras

Looking up, Aspens in the June Lake Loop, Inyo CA
Man, who knew there would be such a craze over people running around taking pictures of trees changing color. I've pretty much made it an annual thing to get up to the Mammoth area to capture the beautiful fall colors and I'm excited to head back up next month. It's always hard to time but this year I only have one free weekend in Oct so I'll just have to hope some areas are peaking during my visit. If not, there are always stars and Toomey's. This one was from last year right as the morning light came over the mountain and lit up the leaves. I'm always on the lookout or should I say lookup for a good shot like this.
Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16, f/11, 1/50 sec, ISO-200


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Spillage - Palos Verdes Sunset

Palos Verdes sunset high tide water flow

I love how you can visit the same exact spot and come back with such different shots each time. The clouds/sunset play a huge role but when you're on the coast so does the tide. When I'm here at low tide, I'm able to walk a lot further out to explore the tidepools. When the tide is high, I stay back and capture shots like this when sets come crashing in. I originally was going for a more subtle flow as the water was cascading nicely off the rock in my foreground but once I saw this on my computer I knew I wanted to use it instead. This is a blend of 2 exposures, one for the water and one for the sky.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/14, ISO-50, 1/10 sec and 1/2 sec.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Palos Verdes seascapes - before and after

Here are two seascapes from the same night in Palos Verdes. The first is when I was searching for comps. I liked the clouds so I took a shot:

pre-sunset Palos Verdes seascape

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/16, ISO-50, 1/4 (foreground) sec and 1/13 sec (sky).

The second is the actual sunset shot where I was treated to some nice sunrays

light rays, Palos Verdes sunset

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/14, ISO-50, 1/2 sec (foreground) and 1/15 sec (sky)
Hope you like them both.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Panic at the Disco - San Pedro steel wool and light painting

San Pedro steel wool and lightpainting

Steel Wool:
Light Painting: @dariustwin

Had a blast on this collab with @dariustwin. We headed out to San Pedro to light up the night where we combined my steel wool with his light painting. The end result is what you see here. Haven't been out spinning in a while but this one was awesome. Check out Darren's blog post titled 'mortar-pit-session here to see some behind the scenes footage of this shot and a few others from that night. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/8, ISO-100, 318 sec

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Heaven's Dock - Convict Lake

Convict lake boat dock milky way
Here is a different perspective from the Convict Lake boat dock. I lined up the Milky Way in between the boats to catch some of the reflections in the water. This is when the wind was the calmest and it allowed me to capture this 5 shot vertical pano. Haven't seen too many astro shots utilizing the boat dock from Convict lake, and I'm almost liking it better than the standard view.
All shots with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2, 15 sec, ISO-6400.


Monday, September 7, 2015

Eastern Sierra - Star Trails and Milky Way

Here are a few more that have been processed from my recent trip to Mammoth. Did some star trails while I was waiting for the moon to set and also some standard Milky Way shots.

Mono Lake star trails

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Trickle Down Effect - Palos Verdes sunset

Palos Verdes seascape sunset

Being that we don't have much in terms of waterfalls here on the SoCal coast, sometimes you have to improvise. This is Sunday's sunset from the coves of PV. I knew tide was on the rise so once I climbed down, I took a few minutes to see what the waves were doing. As soon as I saw them overflow down this bank I knew I had my comp. Waited for the clouds to light up and took two exposures, one for the foreground and one for the sky. Figured I'd give you a small break from the Eastern Sierra posts.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/14, ISO-250, 0.8 sec and 1/8 sec.