The Palace of Fine Arts



The Palace of Fine Arts, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004.

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

San Francisco
California
Lyon Street
Park

I had a Meet-up and on the way to Fort Baker we stopped here for some quick shots.
It was an absolutely gorgeous day in the city.

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” ~Anon

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

Pigeon Pt Lighthouse and Hostel
Pescadero California
Hwy 1
Scenic
Sunset
Pacific Ocean

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!

I used my SinghRay 3 stop hard edge Graduated ND filter on this shot to cut down the bright sun. I think perhaps the 2 stop reverse may have worked better or at the very least the 2 stop hard edge. I think 3 stop is too much filter for this shot. It is the only hard edge filter I have at the moment.
I also think I should have stopped down a bit more. Maybe f16. Might have got some star flare.
I’m learning!

P.P. Recovery, Vibrance, Clarity, and little tweak with the Exposure slider, and resized- No crop.

“Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full dazzling.” ~Walt Whitman

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

Dawn on Upper McGuire Peaks
Sunol Regional Wilderness
East Bay Park District
Sunol, California
Diablo Mountain Range
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! We also saw a flock(?) of wild turkeys both Toms and hens on the way out of the park.

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.

Yeah, I made it to the top. The sun is rising over Mission Peaks, and the storm we were told to expect the following day looks like it’s going to be early. We did get a light mist.

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

“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.

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

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.