A friend and I went to Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, CA for an after hours photo walk with a Ranger.
There were quite a few other photographers there. We were a 5 car caravan in all with Ranger Bev, Alex, and myself in the lead car.
We drove out to a creek to catch the last of the Golden Hour. Here we saw white pelicans sleeping on a pond, the moon rising, and the most beautiful golden amber color on the sun dried fennel, thistle, and grass.
For this shot I used my Singh Ray LB ColorCombo/Warming Polarizer which really helped to make those golds pop.
I also thought to take my telephoto on my D90 just to be ready for any wildlife or birds. It proved to be a wise choice.
While shooting the creek several White Pelicans flew by me. I managed to get this one as it passed me. It’s lost its whiteness in
this evenings amber glow.
While regrouping and getting all 5 cars ready to roll to the next stop I caught this shot with the Fennel in silhouette through the window
of the van.
After this we drove around the mountain to the mud flats where we parked then some of us climbed up a trail on foot about 1000 ft with at least a 20% grade- NO KIDDING! I’m going to look up the name of this hill, er Mountain!
The view was stunning. Here I got a great view of the lights just coming on in Eastern Fremont including the Moon on the rise.
I turned around and got a nice view of the mud flats and sunset. As the evening wore on the colors in the sky got deeper and deeper.
I used my Graduated Neutral Density filters and polarizer, to cut the heat of the sky, and then found bracketing with 2 stops down really brought out those reds, and oranges.
Here is my last shot of the night. Bands of blue, red, orange, and yellow, and a bit of reflection in the damp mud flats. I used the middle bracketed shot EV 00. I ran it through ACR’s basic sliders, added a bit of sharpening, and resized it.
It was a lovely Sunday evening spent with good people, a good friend, and beautiful views.
Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8AF-D
Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8AF-S