Sunset over Santa Clara County Hills

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Another little tree alone on a hill.  This is an image I made a couple of weeks ago.  It was a lovely evening: warm, with a cool breeze, and the color glowed in the sky for hours; until well after dark. A rare thing around here.

Sunset over Santa Clara County

This image is a composite made from two frames blended in Photoshop CS6.

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 17-35@30mm| ISO 100| Manual Priority| Tripod| Singh-Ray 2 stop Reverse Grad ND + 3 stop Grad ND filters

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Moonrise Sunset Santa Clara County

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We had some cloud cover last night and I thought it might be a good night to head up to my tree for Sunset as it promised to be a colorful one, and the Moon was rising there too!

Moonrise from the Lonely Tree

It was a Waxing Gibbous 98.7% Moon last night. I wasn’t the only one heading up the Steep Hill for Sunset last night. I had to wait for a group of teenagers to get their shots in front of the tree before taking making this image.  🙂  Tonight is the Full Moon but it’s so overcast I probably won’t see it.

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f2.8@ f16| ISO 100| Tripod

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2014 Draws to a Close

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As 2014 draws to a close I’d like to wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year!

As 2014 Draws to a Close

Nikon D700| AF-D 80-200mm| Tripod| Sunset| image from my 2013 archive

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Sunset between storms

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Sunset Santa Clara Valley

I had just a few minutes to get up to my tree to capture the end of the day. I just made it! Not too much color, but the light was pretty, and the clouds moving in bringing rain tonight added to the drama.

My tree is growing up! It’s getting fuller and our hills and mountains are green again.
In Santa Clara County we’re 190% above our average for rain fall, but we still have a long way to go before we’re out of the drought. We need 6 more storms like the one we just had to get out of it the Meteorologists say. I hope we get that! Either way I’m already looking forward to Spring flowers. 🙂

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 24mm f/2.8| Tripod

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Sunset Santa Cruz, CA

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We had some amazing clouds yesterday which I wanted to shoot over at the coast. Fortunately, my friend Dali was thinking the same thing. We met up then headed over the hill. Which in local speak means going to coast. The hill by the way is actually the Santa Cruz Mountain Range that those of us in San Jose cross to get to Santa Cruz.

The amazing clouds got all mixed up with the fog and blocked any color that might have been, but it made the sky dramatic and moody. Walking back to the car we were stopped by this scene. The Sun was a gorgeous ball of orange that dropped into a small pocket just above the cliff which framed it beautifully.

It was a lovely end of the day.

Sunset Santa Cruz CA

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| Tripod

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