Monday, July 30, 2018

Full moonrise sequence over Los Angeles

Here’s what the moonrise sequence looked like at 300mm. The moon stayed nice and orange as it rose through all that haze. This was a little harder to put together than I anticipated because the earlier frames were only a tad after sunset and the later frames were during twilight. This is about 30 minutes the rise using the lighten blend mode to add moon frames to the original base frame.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

winter milky way hot creek landscape

Man this place is like the “tunnel view” of Mammoth. Used to be able to sit here, chill, take some shots and just have a moment to myself. Now you got photo groups here and half naked men all up in the creek. Awesome! Here’s a hot/cold composite from this past winter. Took the MW at night then shot Hot Creek in the early twilight am hours. This line up works, just not in the winter but that THICK coat of powder on the Sierras just couldn’t be ignored.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Laze Plume, Hawaii lava flow into Ocean

Here’s a straight lookdown shot of the laze plume where the lava is entering the ocean. The water patterns interested me and I felt it went with this abstract like shot so I framed it in. You can see glimpses of the lava glow though the plume. Not much time to think/compose shots but glad I snagged this one as we were flying over. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO-400

Friday, July 20, 2018

Redondo Beach Pier sunset seascape

Last week’s sunset was the best one so far this summer…possibly the best one of the year. Clouds looked good all day so I already had my gear packed and once the kids went down I rushed out the door to the Redondo pier as it’s close to me. After snapping some golden hour shots I moved to get this comp at the height of the afterburn. The waves were coming in pretty strong so I setup low to get some awesome wave action into my foreground. Been here a few times but the conditions were never great so glad I finally got a shot here with an epic burn. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, ISO-50, multiple exposures.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cholla cactus Milky Way, Joshua Tree National Park

Here’s one from the Cholla cactus garden in JTNP. I scouted this comp in the day and it was close to the trail so I just noted it mentally and left. I came back at the very end of twilight after shooting at arch rock and it took a while to find as the light was fading. Luckily I stumbled upon it and shot the foreground with a slight bit of light left in the sky and then shot the MW as it rose later that night. When I came back to edit this I noticed some wildlife on the right side of the a rabbit or something. Creepy thinking about other more dangerous animals out there that can’t be seen because I always hear coyotes howl in that area.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Crooked Palm, North Shore Oahu

It’s aloha Friday. Here’s the crooked palm from the North Shore that I snapped a handheld shot of after we got done using it as a backdrop for the kids pics. Didn’t stay around for sunset as the kids needed to get home but the golden hour color was still amazing. Giovanni’s, Matsumoto’s, turtle watching, ending it with some time here was a perfect way to spend a day on the North Shore. Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO-100

Monday, July 9, 2018

June Loop Milky Way

Now that the long holiday week is over what are everyone’s plans for the rest of the summer? We’ll be heading up to San Francisco for a few days at the end of August so hopefully the fog comes out to play and these fires die down. Glad to have this last heat wave dying down as well…that was brutal. Here’s a 50mm milk composite from the Sierras for your MWM viewing pleasure.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mt. Wilson 4th of July Fireworks

Spent the day up on Mt. Wilson last night getting a nice overview of all the fireworks. Here is my annual blend from a handful of shots condensed into a single shot using the lighten blend mode. There was so much going on I think I enjoyed just watching it all more than shooting pics. There were tons of shows going off along with all of the residents getting down as well. Shot with a ton of cool LA photogs…too many to list here. Have a few more focal lengths that I’ll work on down the road. This is the vertical 300mm version with shots taken with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 300mm f/4, at f/8, 6 sec, ISO-250.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Frozen Convict Lake and Milky Way in the winter

Here’s a blend from my last trip up to Convict. I was originally after a reflection of the scene but it was super windy so after doing a bit of walking around in the dark I saw that the marina had a few ice patterns from the frozen water. I shot the Milky Way first then I shot the foreground around the am twilight hour to get a bit of ambient light on the scene. This is just about as far right the MW will position in the winter months before the rising sun washes out the sky. The shots you see slotted between McGee/Aggie and Laurel are from later in the year which is why I like this lake during autumn. It was still cool to see so much snow on the Sierras at the end of March.