I just got back from a week in Australia, where I was able to take an amazing, though short, roadtrip on the Great Ocean Road. What a paradise for a landscape & nature photographer! I still can't believe that I saw *wild* koalas just a few yards (metres) away. Most were sleepy, but a few, like this guy, were alert and super active. They were a joy to observe and to photograph. What an amazing experience!
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
My heart felt very, very full watching this scene unfold. I love San Francisco, our castle in the sky.
Processed in Aperture & Photoshop
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70L, f/9 @ 25s, ISO 50. Lee 2-stop soft & 3-stop hard GNDs.
Monday, October 1, 2012
"The Golden Gate Bridge is the most beautiful bridge on Earth because of its long, graceful span, its harp string-like cables, the fog that drapes it or cushions it or cloaks it, its matchless setting in which ocean meets bay and sky meets bluff, and that unique blood-orange color, the perfect complement to the surrounding seafoam, azure and teal. Timelessly simple and delicate in appearance." --Herb Caen
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
These early fall days already make me nostalgic for the fresh summer days of late April, sunwarmed afternoons on still-verdant hills.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400L, f/8 @ 1/40, ISO 100
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I spent an incredible week in Roatan, Honduras and Ambergris Caye, Belize. I was lucky enough to have a full moonrise while in Belize. Though there were some low clouds, and my tripod completely broke in transit, I managed to come up with an image I'm very happy with. My improvised tripod was a beach chair and a beach bag stuffed with clothes to make a beanbag. Obviously this wasn't very stable, so I used a remote shutter release. Most of my images had a bit of blur, but a few worked out :)
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70L. Blended image of two shots (since I didn't have a working tripod, it was too difficult to use GNDs which I ordinarily would use for an image like this).
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Happy Birthday to the most beautiful bridge on the planet, still inspiring the world at 75 years old. I hope everyone in the Bay Area gets out to celebrate this great lady's 75th this weekend. You can check out all of the events at goldengatebridge75.org/
One thing I love about this image is that you can barely see anything man-made aside from the Bridge. We in the Bay Area are all so fortunate to benefit from the preservation of open space made possible by the Golden Gate National Parks, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Presidio Trust, and many other organizations that make this possible.
I have been honored to support the Bridge's birthday by supplying photography for the 75th Anniversary advertising campaign as well as for new products at the new Bridge Pavilion and Visitor's Center. If you check it out, look for my posters, matted prints, postcards, and more. A book of my images, Golden Gate Inspirations, will be arriving shortly. Not only are the products beautiful, wonderfully made, and affordable, all purchases also benefit the Golden Gate National Parks.
For more Golden Gate inspiration, check out this short documentary about Ted Huggins, a Standard Oil (now Chevron) employee who documented the building of the Golden Gate. It contains some outstanding photos and historical video footage. Very inspiring.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Here is a panoramic view of Saturday night's supermoon rising over Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
As I described in my previous post, all of us photographers were unceremoniously booted from the pier by the SFPD as the moon started to rise, so like my previous post this panorama is a work of creative civil disobedience ;)
As I walked off the pier, I set my tripod down and captured three images about 20 feet apart, which resulted in this panorama. I would have liked to take longer exposures to blur the water more, but I'm happy to have gotten what I got!
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400L @ 100mm, f/5 @ 1.6s, ISO 400. Three image panorama, blended in Photoshop.
Monday, May 7, 2012
On Sunday morning, I got up ridiculously early to shoot the supermoon setting over the SF skyline from Yerba Buena Island. I almost went back to sleep, but I'm so glad I didn't. It was one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen.
This two-shot panorama might be my favorite image from the morning, but it's a tough call. I'll share a few more from the morning over the next few days.
I took this image just after the Bay Bridge lights turned off. That was a tiny bummer, but the taillights are interesting and I like the bit of red they bring to the cool blue image. I used a graduated neutral density filter to even out the moon and skyline, since the moon was still pretty bright.
I highly recommend hitting "L" to check this out in Large view :)
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200L, f/10 @ 4s, ISO 50. Lee 2-stop soft and 3-stop hard graduated neutral density filters.
The surprise spring storm looked really cool from the East Bay Hills. I watched isolated rain showers pour down in San Francisco while staying high and dry in Berkeley.
When the lights go down in the City...
and the light shines on the Bay...
oh do I want to be there in my City!
I couldn't help having the Journey song stuck in my head as I watched the light change on Friday evening from the top of Russian Hill. I freaking love San Francisco.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70L, f/7.1 @ 8s, ISO 50. Tripod, no filters.
I nabbed this image just before the moon sank behind the invisible marine layer offshore. I'm happy with it, but I wish the moon had stuck around so I could have gotten a shot of it even lower between the bridge towers.
Here is the image I got a few minutes later, when the moon should have been directly centered between the towers:
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400L @ 100mm, f/16 @ 6s, ISO 50. No filters - the light was perfectly even.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
A second image from last Saturday evening's adventure at Marshall Beach. I liked this image for its calmness, although in reality the ocean was roaring and I was getting soaked repeatedly! The long exposure captured a lot of the remaining light in the sky, although it was pretty dark by the time I took this - you can tell by the illuminated roadway lights on the Bridge and the headlights in the Headlands.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70L, 6s @ f/16, ISO 50
Monday, February 6, 2012
Marshall Beach is a challenging and dramatic place to shoot. There are lots of interesting boulders, and composing them is almost like fitting together a puzzle. The beach is steeply pitched, so keeping balance in the composition is important to avoid "vertigo". Most importantly, while shooting you need to keep at least one eye on the surf at all times, because it is sneaky and the waves here can be treacherous. Be safe! I had a couple of spotters with me - thanks Tim and Summer! - but I still got absolutely soaked. It was worth it though! I'll post a few more from this shoot and I'm sure I'll go back and face the ocean here again, as it's such a wild and mesmerizing place. Hopefully there will be a few clouds in the sky next time, although I did love the soft light that the hazy Saturday evening sky afforded. There are a lot of incredible images from this location on Flickr. Does anyone else have a Marshall Beach story to share?
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70L, f/14 @ 4s, ISO 50. Tripod. Handheld Lee 2-stop soft GND.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
This was the sunrise that followed the total lunar eclipse moonset last December. After the moon sunk into the murky haze, I headed across the Bridge to the Headlands. The haze created some interesting color in the sky and allowed for a sweet little sunburst through the South Tower.
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400L, f/32 @ .4s, ISO 50