All posts tagged: California

Let Nature Have Her Way

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California / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

March 19, 2021, Sonoma County Coast It is often my wont to have my way with nature. One of my favorite statements has been that what comes out of the camera is fodder for what happens later in the quiet of my office days, weeks, or years later. But not always. Sometimes it’s best to just stand aside and let Nature say it all. Whoopie! (Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in […]

One Last Time

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California / Hummingbirds / Photo Log / Photography / Wildlife

April 20, 2021, Silicon Valley As of yesterday, our home for 24 years is now in the hands of its new owners. We spent the previous afternoon sitting on the back deck one last time, eating falafels and reminiscing. Emotions were felt. Many. I brought a camera in hopes of getting one last shot at a hummingbird feasting on echium. It’s in full bloom, so it’s prime time. And sure enough. But before that, the […]

Forward — Into the Past!

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California / Horizon / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

July 13, 2018 — San Mateo County Coast; February 24, 2021 — My Office In exploring the essence of the essence, I reimagined a few old favorites. This was shot in the late afternoon/early evening as sunrays found their way through low clouds/high fog on the coast. The subject, really, is contrast, texture, and glow. The philosophy is adding by taking away. What isn’t the picture? Remove it or reduce it. Distill. (Canon G7X. RAW […]

Where Have you Been, My Blue-Eyed Son?

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California / Horizon / ICM / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

March 22, 2021 — Sonoma County Coast. I’ve shot and I’ve processed a hundred new pictures I’ve formed and I’ve weathered scores of opinions I’ve kept and I’ve scrapped a thousand examples I’ve spent time away in the course of my journeys I’ve reflected so much and concluded the essence And it’s a soft, it’s a soft, it’s a soft, and it’s a soft It’s a soft rain of pictures gonna fall   Yes, I […]

Relic: Revived

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California / Horizon / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Point Reyes / Seascapes

December 8, 2014 — Point Reyes National Seashore, California I came across this while verifying my archives a few weeks ago. I marked it to remind me to come back to it and come back to it I did. The original shot was fodder for what you see here: not what the camera saw, but what I saw. I was quite happy with it when I worked on it last night — but this morning […]

In the Mist

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Abstract / California / Horizon / ICM / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

Hard to believe this was shot in the same place and in the same hour as the one in the last post. But it was. Despite the stormy day, this shot is tranquil. ICM does strange things — especially in a misty environment. The 25-foot waves were there. There are even some in this shot, but the mist and the intentional camera motion obscures them. (Nikon D850, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR zoom. RAW processing […]

Theater

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California / Impressionism / Monochrome / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 10, 2021 — San Francisco, California Hard to believe this was shot in the city of San Francisco and not in the cold, cold North. Also hard to believe I overlooked this on my first pass through the shots. (Well, not that hard to believe. There were almost 2,000 shots.) On the second pass though, it jumped out at me. And I thought, “I’m looking at a theater.” This is a hand-held long exposure […]

Calm in Chaos

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Abstract / California / Horizon / ICM / Impressionism / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 10, 2021 — San Francisco, California More big surf at Ocean Beach. Weather Service said 20 to 25 feet and they were right. I shot 1,946 frames with an eight-pound camera/lens in a little less than three hours. Good upper-body exercise. Some of those shots used fast shutter speed and some slow. Some with camera held steady and some with intentional camera motion. Interesting phenomenon: Some ICM shots of heavy insane surf end up […]

Avalanche

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California / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

January 2, 2021 — San Francisco, California I went to Ocean Beach in San Francisco to shoot waves in dense fog for abstract or impressionist pictures. I did get shots for some of those. But the fog cleared for maybe thirty seconds and I caught this handsome specimen as well. I rarely discuss social issues here. This is a photography blog. I will simply say that now more than ever I hope, wish, pray for […]

707

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

December 9, 2020 — Pacific Grove, California  Taken a few minutes after the shot in the Dec 14 post. I’m not Rachael Talibart and I do not have easy access to the Sussex coast, but on this day the Pacific’s collision with the Monterey Bay coast did provide towering but very temporary structure. She names her works after characters in mythology, but here I’m reminded of the tail of a Boeing 707. I do believe […]

A Different Kind of Opportunity

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Abstract / California / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

December 9, 2020 — Pacific Grove, California The fog rolled in like a silent locomotive, stayed for a few minutes, and rolled out just as quickly. As I snatched each of the muffled succession of enshrouded waves, visions of exploring the limits of high key filled my mind. (Nikon D500, Tamron 100–400mm f/4.5–6.3 Di VC USD. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 4.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

Opportunist

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California / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes

December 9, 2020 — Pacific Grove, California I’m slowly emerging from my cave… A few days ago, the Muse and I headed south on a journey in search of Monarch butterflies and the manifestation of a high surf advisory — and for an Ambrosia Burger and glass of Santa Lucia pinot noir on the deck of Nepenthe 30 miles further down the Big Sur coast. We got there just a few days before sitting on […]