Friday, March 30, 2018

Convict Lake winter storm with ice shards

Here’s one from some epic conditions at Convict Lake from Saturday. We knew a snow storm was approaching on our way up but we wanted to stop by here to try and snap some shots of the kids. When we got there winds were crazy strong so we didn’t even try. Lucky for me tho, there was ice in the marina. The high winds were blowing snow off the peaks and the low sun was illuminating it nicely. I took a ton of different comps just finding different ice patterns and snapping away while freezing my butt off. By the time I finished, we were engulfed by the storm in a white out so we made our way up to June Lake where we were staying and watched the snow fall all night. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO-50

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Supermoon rise over Los Angeles

Here’s another look at that moody supermoon rise. I snapped this one as it was peaking out from the San Gabriel’s. That haze/smog really added some great color to this shot. One of my favorite moon sessions thus far. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 200-500, f/6.3, 1/3 sec, ISO-1600

Monday, March 19, 2018

Sunrise in Yosemite from Tunnel View

Here’s one after a fresh coat of winter goodness from Yosemite. Had a lot going on in this shot from the low fog creating waves off the cliffside, to the higher clouds hanging around the peaks, to the contrast of warm am light starting to hit El Cap and cool light still on the Cathedral side, all with a wicked burning cloud up top.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cloudfall in malibu - Piuma ridge

There’s a reason this place is referred to as Cloudfall. I shot this one during the months when the sun sets further NW so that you can catch it illuminating the fog just before it dips behind the Santa Monica Mountains. This is what gave the scene the golden light. I compressed the fog against some foreground ridges that had some nice fog and light beaming through the trees. I used a fast shutter here to mimic a large powerful waterfall. Not your average scene from Los Angeles County, eh? Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/14, 1/160 sec, ISO-50

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Malibu canyon road into the fog

Here’s a wider (still telephoto) version from above the fog in Malibu. The fog was retreating back to the coast so I framed in all of Malibu Canyon Road to show some car trails uncovered leading the eye down the road into the fog. The foreground hills still had a few nice puffy clusters hanging around. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/18, 30 sec, ISO-50

Friday, March 9, 2018

El Matador beach sunset. Malibu

Let’s dive into the weekend with an amazing sunset from El Matador beach in Malibu. I was originally positioned to the left of this but when I saw this wicked cloud forming in the sky, I moved to the right to line it up directly with the seastack…almost like it was coming out the top of it. The tide was dropping and there were pretty much no waves coming into my foreground but right before I was gonna stop shooting this one came about halfway in so I had to work with it. Shout out to all the random people that decide to just get in front of all the photographers and take a selfie on the rock. No let me take that back. Shout out to the “portrait” photographer who tells their client to go stand there. God I hate this beach.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Los Angeles panorama

Downtown Los Angeles with the snow capped San Gabriel's behind at twilight

Friday, March 2, 2018

Palos Verdes seagrass sunset

Here’s one from a recent trip down to a local PV cove during negative tide. The amount of seagrass visible was insane and probably the most I’ve ever seen. I didn’t get a huge burn but the sky had some nice golden hour colors. The light also reflected back on the seagrass helping give it some great rich color. This is a blend of exposures for the water motion, foreground detail, as well as sky.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

From the South Bay to LA

I came out to PV to get a view of LA and the San Gabriel’s as the storm passed. There was a wicked cloud formation hanging around through golden hour with some amazing textures as you see here. I wasn’t planning on shooting this wide but I had to incorporate the storm cloud. From left to right you can make out the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, and downtown LA on the right with what it looks to be a light dusting of snow on the mountains above. The southbay cities line the beachfront in the foreground. I’ve had a ton of looks at this shot (always after storms) but this is probably the best so far as conditions make this shot hard to get. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO-50