Amethyst Evening Rat Rock Island

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I went out last evening with a small group of Photographer’s to Rat Rock Island for Sunset. The Belt of Venus was lovely and lent a beautiful hue to the sea and sky.

This was my last image of the evening.  I was using my 6 stop Neutral Density filter to slow down the water and create a dreamier scape. This is a 2 minute exposure.

Amethyst Evening at Rat Rock Island

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| Tripod| B+W 6stop ND Filter| CS6| On1

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Sunset Lake Helen, Lassen National Park, CA. USA.

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I went up North to Lassen National Park with a side trip to a Lavender Farm, and a fabulous waterfall with good friends.  We were hoping to shoot the Full Moon, and later shoot the Night Sky since we’d be in up in the mountains and away from light pollution. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a different idea. As the afternoon wore on the clouds got thicker, and darker.

On the bright side… It was Spring up in the high country: the Lupine was in full bloom, and the sunset was gorgeous.

Sunset Lake Helen Lassen National Park, CA. USA

This is Lake Helen…very low, but it’s still gorgeous.  I said they miss named this Lake because what you really can’t see here is the water is a lovely inky blue.

Shortly after this image was made there was lightning to the southeast! We rarely see it here so we chased it. It was fun!

I’ll be catching up with all you did this past week, and sharing more from my week-end in upcoming posts.

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

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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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