Monday, January 1, 2018

Death Valley sunset

Bad water sunset.

Later, side-lit with a Protomachines LED8 flashlight held close to the ground.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mare Island Night Photography

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to join Tim Baskerville's Nocturnes group to do some night photography on Mare Island, California.

Mare Island at night has few really dark places: there are many streets lights and a lot of illuminated work going on at the docks. This is good in a way, as the lights can provide interesting compositions. You can also see what you're doing. Unfortunately also it means the moonlight is overwhelmed in many places. Well, you work with what you've got.

Here are a few shots. Lit by moonlight, artificial work lights and the odd red gelled flashlight.

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.