Saturday, October 8, 2016

Alabama Hills California

From the last night of a recent trip. The first with the new Sony A7RII camera.

There is a lot of trial and error with night photography: this was the 26th attempt to get the shot.

Friday, April 29, 2016


I drove down to Capitola, California for a couple of days. Rented a Sony A7 R II to see if it might be worth upgrading. Here is a picture of the colorful buildings by the beach - actually the Capitola Venetian Hotel:

Maybe I'll post some comparisons of the sony versus the Olympus. The Sony certainly had more dynamic range: when I lifted shadows the results were much less noisy. Can't really see the difference on this shot though.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

California Waterfalls

Although the California drought is still with us, the rains a couple of weeks ago did open up the waterfalls for a bit. Last weekend I went on a couple of hikes, the first was to the Arroyo San Jose Falls which despite its name is in Novato, not San Jose:

A longer hike (about a mile, with a 300 foot plus elevation) was to the falls at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park:

Go see them before they dry up again.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunrise Over the Arctic Circle

The flight from London took off at 12.30 pm in sunlight and landed in San Fransisco 3.30 pm the same day, in sunlight. And yet we flew through two hours or so of night. We must have flown north of the great circle route into the arctic circle. I've never flown this route in December before so never noticed. The morning light lit up the insides of the engines in such a way that I had to capture it, even if I only had an iPhone camera with me.

Quite a bit of noise reduction applied in Lightroom.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sonoma Winery turned Green

After a year or more of drought, we get some rain. Everything turned almost overnight from brown to this vivid green color.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bowling Ball Beach

I visited Bowling Ball Beach back in September. As I learned, you can only really see the "bowling balls" at low tide. But to get good pictures on this west facing beach you really need to be there at sunset. (Or perhaps at night.) I'll know better next time. I had written off the pictures, but last week I decided to give them another try. It turns out that a monochrome conversion gives it an interesting look even though it's shot into the sun.

Someone told me it looks like a bunch of stone headed men slowly rising from the water. 

(Conversion with Silver Efex Pro2 using a slight selenium tone.)