Thursday, November 29, 2018

Manhattan Beach pier sunset and Christmas lights

Tuesday night had serious potential to be epic but a lot of the higher clouds thinned out towards sunset. The horizon burn however, lasted till about 6pm through the twilight stage. I’ll post some shots of that down the road but this one is a time blend. One for the sunset as it was peaking and one for the pier lights. Still not the exact shot I want but getting closer. Probably the best one from the MB pier from this year for me. Perfect shot to roll into December with.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Full thanksgiving moon rise over Los Angeles

Here’s the stack to show the sequence of the thanksgiving moonrise. This one was cool because it played peek-a-boo during the early stages of the rise but then didn’t pop back out until it got a bit higher above the clouds. I always look for the rise times that happen a little bit after sunset. This is the best time to balance the brightness of the moon with the city. When it rises too late, it gets a lot harder to expose correctly for both the moon and the city lights. When it rises too early you don’t get the prominent city lights. I’ve gotten to shoot quite a few this year (and got skunked by quite a few as well) and it’s cool how each has its own mood given the clouds/smog/etc that day. The city was super clean in this sequence due to the storm from the day prior. Taken with the Nikon D750 and Nikkor 300mm f/4.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fall aspens at McGee Creek

One thing I like to shoot almost as much as fall colors and the Milky Way are fall colors and flowing water. McGee will usually deliver on getting some nice fall colors lined up with the creek. The parking area was still early so I hiked up a bit into the canyon and bushwhacked through some trees to find a nice creek curve and a brilliant display of yellows in the background. The air is definitely getting crisp around here while autumn transitions to winter.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Aspendell milky way and aspens, Inyo National Forest

This was the main MW shot I was eyeing on my recent trip up to the Sierras. The Aspens along the ridge had nice color and the recent storm gave me the snowy backdrop I needed to seal off a nice landscape. Knowing the MW lined up here perfectly I had my shot. Then the SpaceX rocket shot up and all that changed. Regardless, I still like this photo in its own right as my goal was to come back with some Fall Milk. I just came back with some rocket milk too…and FYI I still have a few variations of the launch that I haven’t shown yet so I’ll throw those up down the road.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Winter sunrise burn with fog in Yosemite

Fall in Yosemite may be beautiful, but winter in Yosemite is on another level. This is one of those scenes that had so many elements line up; low fog with partially obscured trees poking out, some higher fog partially obscuring half dome, a ton of snow on the granite cliffs, and a nice sunrise burn to boot. This was totally unexpected as there was heavy snow the day prior. Always nice to be treated to this kind of surprise.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Santa Monica pier with Woolsey fire glow from Malibu

Here are two pics of the Santa Monica pier with the Woolsey fire glow burning behind.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Golden Gate Bridge in the fog, San Francisco

Here’s some detailed work of the GGB at twilight. Caught this one as the thin fog was creepin in giving the bridge a nice glow. I didn’t realize how sweet the street light patterns were until I caught one side of the bridge empty. They compliment the vertical lines of the bridge well. Now just gotta try and get this shot with no cars. Does that ever happen? Nikon D750, Nikkor 300mm, f/11, 15 sec, ISO-100

Monday, November 5, 2018

Piuma ridge fog sunset, Malibu CA

When all the cards…I mean clouds…line up just right you get a spectacular view at cloudfall. Got the last hint of sun on the low fog just before it dipped behind the mountains while the high clouds put on a nice show. Blended a few exposures as the dynamic range of this shot was very high.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Hunter's full moon sequence

Here's what the full moon sequence looked like as it rose out from behind Los Angeles at 420mm.