Monday, March 28, 2016

Anza Borrego Serpent Bokeh

By no means was this a planned shot. Right when we arrived at Anza we stopped here for some trails. There was one group of people who were leaving so we figured we may have a good chance to lapse here while nobody was here. So I setup a few long exposure shots for my foreground, then focused for the stars and started my internal intervolometer. 45 minutes later I went to review my images and they were out of focus. I forgot to turn my autofocus off so all my starshots were blurry. I ended up running another 30 minutes of star shots after but I took one of the out of focus star shots and combined it with my foreground shot for a fake bokeh star shot. Believe me I was pissed for wasting all that time but I like the result of the 2 shots combined. Not your typical night shot and it really draws the attention to the serpent. Good thing we stopped here first, as the night went on this place was always packed every time we drove by.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Palos Verdes seascape sunset from Flat Rock Point

I love how this image just screams warmth. Took this on a day of a clearing storm when there were some nice clouds in the sky. Just as the sun dipped below the clouds I snapped this to help with the sunburst effect. The waves were rolling in and crashing pretty good against the rocks giving me some nice elements in the foreground. Love how they just turn gold as they are backlit by the sun. The reflection of the sun in the water helps lead the eye out to the sky. Taken down at flat rock point in Palos Verdes.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/11, 0/6 sec, ISO-50

Friday, March 25, 2016

Mystical - B-52 tail under the stars

Here's a still of just the B-52 tail and some cool looking clouds. Love when they are real thin and wispy and you can still make out the stars through them. They add a nice element to just a sky full of stars without the Milky Way and give the scene more of a dreamy mood. Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-4000

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rainbow Brite - Palos Verdes sunset seascape

I was hoping the rainbow was going to last until the sky started lighting up nicely but it faded and this was the best it was with the nice pink sky. Snapped it as a nice wave rolled in crashing on the foreground rock with a view of the southbay beach cities in the back.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 0.8 sec, ISO-50

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Smoggy City - sunrise in Los Angeles

This is what LA looks like when we don’t get any rain for a while. So clean you can just take deep breaths and smell that crispness. This was one of the first shots I took when I first started going to Kenneth Hahn to try and capture the city at sunrise with the San Gabriel’s behind it. On this day the whole basin below was covered in thick fog/smog. The only things visible were some of the closer houses/palm trees and the tips of the skyline. The clouds behind looming over the mountains helped white out everything else in the background.

Nikon D7000, Nikkor 300mm f/4, f/14, 1/40 sec, ISO-100

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Mist Falls - eastern sierras fall color in Bishop

Who needs a huge house with a view like this? I’d live in a shack if I could wake up with fall trees and a waterfall out my window every morning. Only problem are all the tourists trying to creep on your property to get a good shot haha. Hoping to get some nice spring shots but fall is already in the back of my mind.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/16, 1 sec, ISO-50

Monday, March 14, 2016

Joshua Tree sunburst sunset

A classic JT sunset scene with some of that sticky icky in the foreground being backlit by the sun. Cholla is no joke and it feels like your clothes are just magnets that pull them all on to you. I’ll probably shoot the MW at the JT Cholla Gardens this year so it will be fun being out there in the pitch black. It’s not the ones still attached I’m worried about, it’s the fallen ones on the ground that I don’t see and kick up that love to get attached to my legs that I hate. Hope to make it back out here quite a few times this season.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/16, 1/100 sec, ISO-500

Saturday, March 12, 2016

6th Street construction, Los Angeles sunset

Went to check the progress on 6th last night after the rain. Clouds cleared out west by sunset as it was windy so this is one from golden hour as there was some nice side light casting on the city and the foreground rubble. I was up close to the rocks in the foreground so I focus stacked 3 shots and took 1 for the sky exposure. I balanced the city and bridge on the left with the nice golden clouds on the right.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, ISO-250 foreground at 1/50 sec and sky at 1/160 sec.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sky Gap - Palos Verdes sunset seascape

I was down in Palos Verdes on a windy cloudy day and I set this comp up during golden hour. The wind was pushing the clouds fast and this gap in the sky was moving right into frame so once it hit the middle of my frame I snapped a few as the waves crashed into the rocks below me. It’s always nice when the sky puts on a show starting at golden hour all the way through sunset.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/16, 0.6 sec, ISO-50

Friday, March 4, 2016

Top of a B-52 under the stars

The plane wreck in Iceland is a popular destination and definitely looks like a cool photo op. This shot stemmed from all those pictures I have seen. No light painting, no flashlights, just me on top with my hands up towards a sky full of stars. One day I’ll make it out to that area to replicate this shot and witness the northern lights!

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-3200

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Abalone Cove sunset, Palos Verdes

Here’s a shot from Abalone cove in Palos Verdes. The rock patterns in the foreground caught my attention so I setup here at sunset. I snapped a few of the incoming tide weaving its way through the rocks and then snapped an exposure for the sky. Just as the sun dipped below the horizon it created this cool looking fireball that burned for quite some time just before the entire sky started burning. That intense fireball provided a nice glow on the foreground rock. I have a version of that afterburn as well which will be posted down the road.

Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/14, ½ and 0.8 sec blended, ISO-100