Friday, January 25, 2019

Golden Gate Bridge framed through the Cypress trees

I’ve always loved how these cypress frame the gate so I took the opportunity to snap this during my last trip. I wanted the glow of the bridge to shine through so I snapped this at the early stages of twilight to get that nice color and car trails. The semi-silhouetted trees keep the attention on the bridge. Hard to get more classic SF than this. Single shot with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-120, f/11, 20 sec, ISO-50

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Supermoon rise over Los Angeles

The night after the eclipse moonrise, I went out to Baldwin Hills to catch the moonrise. The wind pretty much cleared the air and the visibility was excellent but the wind played a huge factor as the gusts were super strong up on the hill. I fired off tons of shots as usually about 1 in 4 shots are sharp. I wasn’t able to get to the exact spot I lined up the rise due to an area being closed so this one rose a bit more to the left than I wanted/anticipated. I had this shot punched in at 420mm so I used the opportunity to pano it. This shot consists of 2 shots for the foreground for the pano and then a separate exposure for the moon just as it almost fully rose from behind the mountains. This one rose an hour after sunset so the exposure blend was necessary due to the dynamic range but the positioning of everything is accurate.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Moonrise over Los Angeles with snow capped Mt. Baldy

I've always wanted a full moonrise over LA with a good amount of snow on Mt. Baldy. While conditions weren't ideal, I made the best of it.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Mammatus clouds over Los Angeles

Last night’s ominous mammatus clouds which I like to call jellyfish clouds. There’s always a good chance of seeing these things before an incoming storm. These clouds drifted nicely from west to east but they were still a bit high in the sky so I took 2 shots, one for the foreground and partially covered snow capped Baldy, and one higher in the sky for the mammatus clouds and combined them. I could have probably caught these with my wide but I only had my 70-200 on me last night. We don’t get these formations around here a ton so always nice to see. Would have been cool if they were actually hanging this low over the city. At one point the entire sky above me was full of them…was amazing to just look up and watch them float by.

Friday, January 11, 2019

San Diego sunset over Point Loma

One of my fav views of SD overlooking the Point Loma harbor. I came up here to catch the sunset before snapping the full moon rise from a different spot. The majority of the burn was behind me facing sunset but the clouds put on a pretty good show facing east towards the city. 

Single shot: Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200, f/11, 0.8 sec, ISO-50

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Los Angeles and Mt. Baldy with snow and low clouds

One of my fav shots from this winter’s sesh at Hahn. Right when we got there at the beginning of golden hour there were some sweet low clouds hanging around near the skyline tips. It was also an incredibly clear day with probably the most snowpack of the year. I packed on the zoom for this one to get in there tight to show the building details. That compression brought the mountains right up to highlight them because that’s the focus of this shot. Was hoping the cloud formation would stay around through sunset but they ended up getting thick and covering most of the mountain. So I’m glad we got there early enough to catch these conditions. Nikon D750, Nikkor 300mm + 1.4tc, f/14, 1/80 sec, ISO-50