Friday, August 31, 2018

Convict Lake Fall panorama

Here's a pano from Convict Lake during peak colors and a windless morning.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fog flow under a full moon, Mt Tam

A good problem to have is to take waaaayyyyy to many variations of a shot and then can’t decide which to edit. This is my issue from the east side fog flow as I shot for about 2.5 hours in the same spot just watching the fog morph while the sun set. Therefore I decided to edit one of the twilight shots first as I only took a handful of these since I didn’t want to hang around long enough for a ticket. The full moon in the air along with the city glow gave this one some great light variations. Good times in SF, plenty more fog shots to come. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/8, 30 sec, ISO-50

Monday, August 20, 2018

Trona Milky Way over Pinnacles

And just like that the end of MW season is drawing near. I’ll probably get out two more times, once locally in Sep then up in the Sierras on my annual fall trip in October to try to catch more fall milk. You can still kind of shoot it in Nov, but a good part of the core is already below the horizon by the time it gets dark enough to see. I think Hawaii was my most memorable MW sesh this season, being able to see the arch over the lava glow was unreal. There are still a few months left…make them count.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Palos Verdes sunset sunrays

More often than not the fog doesn’t play nice in Palos Verdes. The hills are not high enough to get above it usually. Same case when I came this day but the fog ended up being thin enough to allow for rays to pierce through the trees in an awesome fashion. I got some stronger ones when the sun was a bit higher, but the way the sun set right on top of the palm drew me to this shot. Glad I had my telephoto on me at the time. Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 1/1600 sec, ISO-50

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Oahu Hawaii

I came here with the fam and passed by this exact spot on the way to another to snap some shots of the kids. The sky was clear so I knew I had to come back for this shot so I came back before the day we headed home. Never seen so many fish in a single spot it was sort of creepy. I used my CPL to cut through the surface reflection and waited for the high sun to peak through the clouds to add some contrast depth to the shot. The Ho'omaluhia Reservoir is in the back along with some of the botanical garden greenery. I spent a few hours here that day and have plenty more shots from here to show. Definitely a gem on Oahu. 

Nikon D750, Nikkor 14-24, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO-100

Monday, August 6, 2018

Milky Way over Mauna Loa

There were two shots I was looking for on Mauna Kea. One was the horizontal Milky Way over the fissure glow which I got. The second was the vertical milk as it aligned over Mauna Loa. By the time I finished all the takes of the horizontal milk, I had a mean headache from the altitude from being up there well before sunset and hiking around a bit. Couple that with an early flight to Oahu the next day I decided not to hang around past midnight to get the vertical alignment. I did snag the foreground I wanted to use with it tho so for now you get a composite of a50mm milk blended in with my foreground.