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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Yosmite falls reflection

Had a great extended weekend up in Yosemite. Weather was crazy from patches of clear skies to see firefalls, to rain and snow, and a whole lot of fog. Recent storms left behind massive puddles and I took full advantage for many reflection shots. This was taken on Thursday when we first got there. Just call it a quick warm up edit until I dig into some of the other ones. Many more shots to come. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/14, 1/25 sec, ISO-50

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lenticular clouds over Hollywood hills - Los Angeles

Got a heads up on Thursday the 9th from a friend that there was some sexy lenticulars over the San Gabriel range. As soon as I was able to break free I jammed to Kenneth Hahn to see what I could snap. The fog was already rolling in from the coast so I wasn’t that optimistic but luckily the fog was still spotty as I got up on the hill. The view out towards downtown was bad and the lenticular cloud out that way was a bit to the right of the city and lost a lot of its formation and layering. So I moved spots to the lookout where you can see the Hollywood sign and there was a nice long formation looming overhead. The Hollywood sign would go in and out of the fog and I just stood there admiring the scene for a little as the fog rolled by. I took out my camera and snapped a few handheld shots and literally 5 minutes later the Hollywood sign was no longer visible. Then about 10 minutes after that I got completely fogged in. You can still make out some layers of the cloud but not like earlier in the day. Still glad I was able to catch this in time as I’ve never seen these types of clouds over LA before. Definitely a cool shot to have. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 1/100 sec, ISO-100

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Twin Falls, Mammoth Lakes CA

Here’s one from above twin falls from my past fall color trip. I love this view with the trees framing the lake, but it faces north so a sunset burn isn’t the easiest to get. Luckily we got a bit of golden hour color, during when this shot was taken. Water was flowing nicely due to the recent storms. I have another shot I want to get from here, but it’ll have to wait until the next trip. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 145-24, f/11, 1 sec and 1/15 sec blended, ISO-50

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Orange sunset over Los Angeles and snow capped Mt. Baldy

There’s usually a short time period after the last light creeps above the mountains where some ambient light amplifies the peak making it stand out a little better. This was the time period that this was shot, when the sky was still orange. Unfortunately we didn’t get a great pink burn after to go along with it, but the textures in the clouds here were pretty awesome.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bixby Bridge Startrails - Big Sur

The moon was out but to my back and it provided some great light on the scene. I shot a few exposures for the foreground and the car trails then setup my intervolemeter for the timelapse sequence used to make my startrails. Foreground consists of a few exposures at f/5, 30 sec, ISO-1000 and the stars are a stack of 100 shots at f/2.8, 15 sec, ISO-2000 which were combined in StarStax. All shots were with the Nikon D750 and Nikkor 14-24.