Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Glowing Gate

The Glowing Gate, originally uploaded by Della Huff Photography.

Since I'm from the Marin side of the bridge, I don't have as many shots of the Golden Gate from the SF side. This is a shot I've been wanting to take for awhile, and the timing happened to work out to try it last night. Thanks to my aunt Hollis for hanging out with me while I took this!

Canon 5D, Canon 100-400L, f/16 @30s, ISO 50. No filters.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rushing Tide, Golden Gate

The seafoam rushed in and out, making interesting patterns on the rocky shore of Marshall's Beach on a clear day back in November. I got soaked that day!

Canon 5D, Canon 24-70, f/22 @ 1/5, ISO 50. Tiffen circular polarizer.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Global Warming is Reducing San Francisco's Fog

I read this article on the Huffington Post this morning describing the decline of California coastal fog over the past hundred years, and its possible effects on the local ecology, including serious effects on the coastal redwood forest, which depends on the fog for hydration. It made me very sad.

I consider myself an environmentalist, and I am very concerned about global warming and try to do what I can to reduce my environmental impact. Still, though, I must admit that without seeing the impact of global warming on a daily basis, sometimes it slips from the forefront of my mind. Seeing this study, which calculated San Francisco (and coastal California)'s fog loss over the past hundred years to be 30%, or 3 hours of coverage a day, makes global warming more personal. The thought of losing California's redwood forests to global warming is devastating. San Francisco losing its fog is like a part of its soul evaporating into thin air.

Can you imagine California without landscapes like these?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Yosemite Reflections, Autumn

Last fall I visited Yosemite on what must have been one of the most gorgeous weekends ever. The fall color was full on, the sky was a deep blue, and it was a balmy 70 degrees. I took this image at popular Valley View, which is stunning in all seasons and lighting conditions. I know this view has been shot to death, but I have to add one more.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-70L, f/20 @ 1/13, ISO 50. Tiffen circular polarizer, Lee .9 hard GND.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Spring Storm Over San Francisco

Northern California's weather is pretty predictable, except during winter and spring storms, and especially during an El Nino year.

Huge cumulus clouds like this are a rarity over the City, so it has been pretty awesome to see them over the past couple of weeks!

Taken from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-70L, f/20 @ 2s, ISO 50. Lee .9 Hard GND.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Springtime Oak, Mt. Diablo State Park, California

I *love* springtime in Northern California. The rains transform the hills into a rolling emerald landscape. It's gorgeous! It's a little early in the season for this much green, but the rain started early this year so I'm looking forward to an extended 'green season' this spring.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-70L, f/8 @ 1/100, ISO 50. No filters.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Mt. Tamalpais Magic

I shot this photo about 10 minutes after Mount Tamalpais Dreamscape back in December.

It had been a drizzly, gray day in San Francisco, and I took a chance on driving up to the slopes of Mt. Tam for sunset. It turned out to be a good bet... not only did the clouds break around 2,000 feet, but a gorgeous sunset was going on in the sky! It's rare to have fog and high clouds at once in the Bay Area, so this was an evening to remember.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-70, f/2.8 @ 20sec, ISO 50.

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