Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Manhattan Beach Pier fireworks

Christmas is over and it’s getting real. The countdown begins until New Year. Here’s one from the annual Manhattan Beach show a few weeks ago. They put on all day festivities and end it with an amazing free firework show. We took Cole to eat some Grimaldi’s pizza during that epic sunset, and then headed to the beach to watch the show. It was his first time seeing this show, but not his last. Hope to make it an annual thing and include Mia as well next year.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Manhattan beach pier golden hour reflections

This is a golden hour shot from my MB sesh last week. Clouds were lookin good and low tide synced up with sunset so I headed out to the pier to catch some reflections. I set this shot up for complete symmetry, with a dead center horizon and the pier placed exactly in the middle of the frame. I was originally going to process a version of just the pier but my eye kept coming back to this version with the kid. I don’t know if it is his placement, or the fact that he breaks up the symmetry, but I ended up liking this one. Kept the details darker to emphasize the golden hour burn along with the bits of light hitting the pier. 


Friday, December 8, 2017

Fall aspen and pine tree lookup, Eastern Sierras

Here is a new one from my fall trip a few months ago. I got a bunch of standard lookup shots but this one was a bit different. We stumbled upon a grove of very tall aspens that were prime in color. The difference with this grove was that it was standing next to a grove of pines. I lined the lookup so where I’d get about half green pine and half yellow aspen. I also tried lining up aspen trunks on both sides for symmetry. I must have looked crazy walking around with my head up but I’m glad I spotted this as it is different than all my other lookup shots with aspens only. I always enjoy finding those elements that help differentiate a photo. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO-400


Monday, December 4, 2017

Dec 3rd Supermoon rising from Los Angeles

Here’s a shot of last night’s first and only supermoon for this year. I found a residential street to line it up correctly. Air was super hazy/smoggy and visibility was bad compared to last year’s around this time. Because of this I took a separate foreground exposure and used a bit of dehaze to bring back more detail in the skyline. I then used the lighten blend mode to mask on the moon. The clouds added a nice touch.