“Here comes the Sun”



"Here comes the Sun" , originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Dawn on Lower McGuire Peaks
Sunol Regional Wilderness
East Bay Park District
Sunol, California
1100 ft ascent
5 miles

I hiked up here with 4 other members of my Night Photography Meet-Up group. We met at 4:45AM at Ohlone College then car pooled up to the trail head.
Donned in head lamps, and loaded with gear we headed up the trail to Upper McGuire Peaks in the dark at 5AM.
The wind started in the night blowing in from the SE at 12mph, and was gusting at 19 mph. In the open spaces at the top we really needed to stand firm and hang onto to our tripods for fear of falling. Some gusts really pushed hard.

We ran into a herd of cattle along the trail going up. Steven flashed his flashlight to frighten them off the trail. One big black cow stood firm we walked around him both cow, and human very wary of each other. I have to tell you. I was scared she would charge. They’re huge animals!

The sun was climbing up Mission Peak if I wanted to see it crest at the top I had to fold up my gear here and push up to the top of McGuire Peak. Did I or didn’t I…

Wildflowers- I saw 2 types of Lupine Blue Pod, and miniature, California Buttercups, Fiddlenecks, Clover, Filaree, Parsnip, Phlox, Poppies, and 2 new wildflowers I hope to ID this week.

It was a great hike. A wonderful way to start the day!

Added Vibrance, and clairty then resized for the web. No crop.

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Abstract



Abstract, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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Playing with my extension tubes. Nothing came out in focus, but I like the way the colors flow and look in this shot.
It’s a daisy of some sort.

I can’t seem to get back far enough to get the whole story in focus. With these tubes and the 50mm it appears to only to be able to give me a microscopic view of my subject.
Is it me(wait don’t’ answer that 😀 ), or do I need to use another lens to get a bigger picture with the tubes?
A friend has suggested trying it with the 12mm tube. I will!

Nikkor 50mm f1.8AF-D
Kenko extension tubes 36mm and 20mm mounted on the
D300s

“The living moment is everything.” ~D.H. Lawrence

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Dawn on Lower McGuire Peaks
Sunol Regional Wilderness
East Bay Park District
Sunol, California
1100 ft ascent
5 miles

I hiked up here with 4 other members of my Night Photography Meet-Up group. We met at 4:45AM at Ohlone College then car pooled up to the trail head.
Donned in head lamps, and loaded with gear we headed up the trail to Upper McGuire Peaks in the dark at 5AM.
The wind started in the night blowing in from the SE at 12mph, and was gusting at 19 mph. In the open spaces at the top we really needed to stand firm and hang onto to our tripods for fear of falling. Some gusts really pushed hard.

We ran into a herd of cattle along the trail going up. Steven flashed his flashlight to frighten them off the trail. One big black cow stood firm so we walked around him both cow and human very wary of each other. I have to tell you. I was scared she would charge. They’re huge animals!

Wildflowers- I saw 2 types of Lupine Blue Pod, and miniature, California Buttercups, Fiddlenecks, Clover, Filaree, Parsnip, Phlox, Poppies, and 2 new wildflowers I hope to ID this week.

It was a great hike. A wonderful way to start the day!

Evening Glow



Evening Glow, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Pigeon Pt Lighthouse and Hostel
Pescadero California
Hwy 1
Scenic
Nikon

I met a couple of friends in Pescadero for a sunset/sunrise shoot. We spent the night. They camped out at a nearby campground while I slept in a comfy bed in a hotel 30 mins. south in Santa Cruz. I don’t like camping. You’d have to be God to get me to do again. So I had to get up 30 minutes earlier than they did which meant I got up for the sunrise at 3:30AM. I slept like a log when I got home.

We had a great time. The scenery is awesome. The company the best!

This had very little done in post. A shot of vibrance, and clarity. No crop just resized for the web.

Evening Glow



Evening Glow, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Pigeon Pt Lighthouse and Hostel
Pescadero California
Hwy 1
Scenic
Nikon

I met a couple of friends in Pescadero for a sunset/sunrise shoot. We spent the night. They camped out at a nearby campground while I slept in a comfy bed in a hotel 30 mins. south in Santa Cruz. I don’t like camping. You’d have to be God to get me to do again. So I had to get up 30 minutes earlier than they did which meant I got up for the sunrise at 3:30AM. I slept like a log when I got home.

We had a great time. The scenery is awesome. The company the best!

This had very little done in post. A shot of vibrance, and clarity. No crop just resized for the web.

San Francisco City Hall



San Francisco City Hall, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

We had a bit of a breeze on this evening the flags are moving. Those of us standing back here to shoot the capitol building were timing the light so when it was green for us we’d shoot without having traffic in our shots.

This was a fun event.

L’atelier de fabrication



L’atelier de fabrication, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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Sunol Regional Wilderness
East Bay Regional Park District
Sunol, CA
Alameda Creek
Flag Hill Trail

I met a friend here our goal was to photograph wildflowers. I think we found 13 different varieties today. Our hike was moderate I think we only hiked 3 miles today.

The wildflowers aren’t yet peaking here. I’ll try to make it back next week. There weren’t too many poppies yet, and the Fiddlenecks were just beginning to flower.

The weather was really nice. Overcast in the morning, but not cold. It warmed up in the afternoon. The morning grass was covered with dew, and the night before it had rained. My shoes were soaked through. I’m investing in waterproof hiking boots this week.

When I arrived I noticed a few artists with their easels and paints busy painting the wonderful woodland scenery. I popped into the Visitor’s Center and saw it was buzzing with activity.
I discovered that there was a painter’s contest on this morning. They must be done with their painting by noon. Have it framed and ready to be judged.
The winner gets a small prize.
On our way over to Little Yosemite we stopped by the viewing area to see all the finished paintings.

The artist was no where around-we surmised he must have been the lone hiker that pasted us as we were photographing in area a little ways before this.

We later discovered that it was indeed the lone hiker who was the artist of this painting in process. His starting bid on his finished work was $250.00