Wild Weds. 38/52 Lady Boot Arch and the Milky Way

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I mentioned in last week’s post here  that my friends and I had ventured a bit further south while in the Eastern Sierras over Labor Day week-end. We went very nearly to the farthest southern end to the Alabama Hills Recreational Area.  If you’ve ever watched any old Western Cowboy movies you’ve seen this area. It’s rugged, rocky, and beautiful.

Also it’s remarkable in that the road to this area is also the road that is known as Mt. Whitney Portal.  One takes this road up to the staging area to begin your trek up Mt. Whitney which is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 of the United States.

There’s a very famous natural arch among photographer’s in the Alabama Hills Recreational Area that features a very nice view of Mt. Whitney. I was blessed and fortunate to photograph the arch called Mobius Arch back in 2012 just before sunrise. Mt. Whitney is framed by the arch in my image seen here.  Back then no one read my blog.  I am thankful for those of you who have found me since then!

For this trip I suggested a less famous, less photographed arch called Lady Boot Arch, or Boot Arch, or…it has a few other names if you do a search on the internet for it.  My friends were open to the idea so we scouted it in the afternoon before the shoot, and were happy with it so we went back to town for dinner then met near the arch before sunset for an evening of photography fun.  We had plenty of time to get our compositions in focus, and set up the lights to light up the arch and foreground rocks.  Laura brought her warm tea lights to light up the arch interior, and I had my trusty flash light with a gel to paint the rocks in the foreground. I’m not that skilled at light painting so, I passed my torch to Laura who does have the touch, and skill in that area.

Here’s the image I made that I like best. It’s a two frame composite image.  I processed the sky/milky way image from the raw file to look very close to how it looked that night, and blended it with an image of the foreground light painted to highlight the rock formations and lighted arch.  I was hoping to get one image that had both sky and foreground close enough to what I saw to be able to edit and develop that, but sadly I didn’t have one with the foreground just right. Which is why you light paint more than you think you need, and plan on blending frames if needed.  I’m chuffed ( read delighted! for those that don’t get British English slang) with the result. It was super fun to shoot, and I would do it again in a nano second!  I hope you like the tale, and image nearly as much as I had fun making it.

Lady Boot Arch

Some technical stuff… Mars is shining brightest in the sky on the left of the Boot and Milky Way, and in the dark lane of the Milky Way very near the left edge  directly across from Mars is Saturn shining bright, out of frame was Jupiter too, but I cropped it out in favor of a stronger composition.  Thank you Peter! He was the best teacher I ever had on cropping for the composition.  When I got all my frames uploaded I saw that this one had several meteors or shooting stars in the frame. One heading into the Milky Way from the left, and one beside Mars, and two lower and to the right of Mars. They’re faint but there!

Did I tell you how chuffed I was?

The sky is filled with billions of stars out here. It’s breath taking, and I can’t explain in words how amazing, awesome, as well as beautiful it is, and just, How. Small. I. Felt while viewing it, and how just as I know it while standing on top of mountain that God is real and there. He was here too.  This is my chapel, my cathedral, my Holy Place. This. THIS Feeds My SOUL.

It’s mid September now, so this is the last image I’ll be making of the Milky Way until next April or May. The Galactic Center…that wonderfully rich milky bit very close to the tip of Lady Boot Arch’s top is headed to the southern hemisphere now. It’s their turn to see the richest part of the arm of our galaxy.  I will miss it, and yearn for its return as I do every year.

I am behind with emails, and blogs again, and I’m afraid I’m going to be behind for a bit longer. I will catch up!

I hope you’re all having a lovely week.

Nikon D810| Nikkor 16mm f/2.8 fisheye lens| Hoodman Steel Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Thursday Doors 51/52

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Since this week’s Thursday Doors falls during Christmas week I thought I’d share some doors that are decorated for Christmas.

N°2259- Blue light special

N°2259

N°4925 The stained glass window pane has a whale in the sea theme.  I love this stone wainscoting that is popular around my area now.

N°4725

…and N°4758- my front door. It’s a bit sparse these last few years. After He-Man ruptured his Patella Tendon he wasn’t able to get up on a ladder to hang the Christmas lights.  I’m not one of those people that keep their Christmas lights up all year, but let me tell ya…these last few Christmas’s we’ve missed the lights!

This year He-Man has seen great progress with his knee recovery. He can climb a short ladder, and he can stand up in the saddle. A BIG DEAL for a Cyclist who rides up mountains.   However, since our home remodel the gables are higher than our ladder and he feels it’s still too high for him to climb, and we need new hooks all around the front of the house. I don’t know how to do that. I can’t even hammer a nail in straight, so we’re going without lights for the time being.  Maybe next year.

N°4758

Beginning Friday I don’t anticipate being online very much. Big Baby Boy, and Dark Haired Beauty are arriving Friday evening for Christmas.   Baby Girl, and #1 Grandson are staying home for Christmas. YEAH!

I’m done shopping but I haven’t begun to wrap, and I need to begin cooking for Christmas dinner.

For those of you celebrating Christmas I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!  Hanukkah begins the 24th I think. Happy Hanukkah to those of you who celebrate that!

If you don’t celebrate Christmas enjoy the season, the lights, the joy, and good cheer that comes with the season, and I wish you a wonderful week-end!

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

At the end of Norm’s latest Thursday Door post is a little Blue Link-up/View button click it to be taken to a page with all the links to view all the posts, and add your own if you’re a door enthusiast too.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 17-35mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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Moon Set over San Francisco

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and I whispered…”Good-night Moon, and San Francisco sleep tight.”

Moon Set over San Francisco

Nikon Df| Nikkor 80-200mm @ 200mm| Delkin Digital Film| Tripod| Single Frame| PS CC 2017

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After Dark…

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I went out with one of my photography groups to do a little night photography Saturday evening.

After the sun went down Middle Harbor Shoreline’s park security drove by announcing the park was closed it was time to leave so, several of us headed to another park that stayed opened a few hours longer.  This is one image I made while waiting for the Crescent Moon to sink lower into the city skyline.

Bay Bridge East Span Pedestrian Bicycle Path

What you’re looking at is the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Bridge East Span Pedestrian-Bicycle path in front, mid ground are the tops of the Bay Bridge, and behind that are the two new high rises in the process of being built. The tallest is the new Salesforce Tower. It will be the tallest building in San Francisco, and will be the second tallest building west of the Mississippi when complete.  At its completion it will stand 1,070 ft (326 m) tall and be the center piece of the Transbay Transit Center in downtown San Francisco.

The Wilshire Grand Center building located in Los Angeles is the tallest skyscraper in California.

The other skyscraper you see with cranes is going to be the new Transbay Tower…I think.

Someone let me know if I’m wrong please.

Over on the right by itself is the Trans America Building; a shining beacon in the night.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 80-200mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC2017

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September’s Harvest Moon

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A friend and I went over the hill to Santa Cruz, CA this month to photograph the Moon rising above Walton Lighthouse.   We both really like having water in the image, and pretty foregrounds.

We knew there wouldn’t be much time to shoot since the Moon would need time to climb to get above the Lighthouse, and it’s getting dark earlier.

When we got out of the car and looked at the horizon and lighthouse we groaned. There was a thick band of fog just sitting on the horizon.  We wouldn’t see the Moon until it got above that! Time wouldn’t be on our side.

The sun had set and the sky was getting darker…finally I saw the top of the Moon above the fog bank.

Harvest Moon 2016

The Moon got high enough for me to make it out almost completely.

2016 Harvest Moon

It finally got out of the Fog only to be obscured again.  I tried to get a few more images, but it was getting too dark to keep the foreground in the image, and I wanted that.  I was also a bit frustrated with the wind, and shaking from the passing cars which shook my rig, and the pier I was photographing from. I deleted quite a few blurry images.

The color of the Moon was gorgeous though, and it was big being so close to the horizon. It would have looked much larger when it was just above that tree line if I could have seen it then.  Maybe next month. 🙂

“The September Moon is called the Harvest Moon or Corn Moon because this is the time to finish harvesting the corn and other crops before Winter. The bright moonlight gives farmers a little extra time to harvest their crops before the first day of Fall. “~sfgate.com

Nikon Df| Nikkor 200-500mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5

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Thursday Doors 25/52 25 W. 50th St, NYC

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Walking back to our place after a play late one evening this entrance with the cut-out Egyptian Motif all lit up, and clock caught my eye. The brass doors fit this style perfectly.  I love the revolving door. Though I’m always afraid I look awkward shuffling my way through them.

I dug around the Internet to glean some information about the style, and building.

Shortly after the discovery of Tutankhamen’s Tomb in the 1920’s Egyptian Art Deco and Motif’s were popular themes for Architecture in NYC. In 1930 construction began on Rockefeller Center’s 14 Art Deco buildings.

Lee Lawrie was commissioned to design the entrance to The International Building. Lee Lawrie is most famous for the statue of “Atlas” located on 5th Avenue in Rockefeller Center.

 

Thursday Doors 25/52  25 West 50th St NYC

A little History:
The International Building began construction in 1933 and was complete by 1935. There are 41 floors in the building 39 are above ground, and it stands 512 ft (157m) tall.

Lee Lawrie:
Lee Oscar Lawrie (October 16, 1877 – January 23, 1963[1]) was one of the United States’ foremost architectural sculptors and a key figure in the American art scene preceding World War II. Over his long career of more than 300 commissions Lawrie’s style evolved through Modern Gothic, to Beaux-Arts Classicism and finally into Moderne or Art Deco.” ~Wikipedia.org

In 1987 Rockefeller Center was listed on National Register of Historic Places.

This post is part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Doors.  If you love doors and would like to see the doors others are posting, or post doors you’ve photographed and join other door lovers from around the world click here.

At the end of Norm’s latest Thursday Door post is a little Blue Link-up/View button click it to be taken to a page with all the links to view all the posts, and add your own if you’re a door enthusiast too.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8| Delkin Digital Film| Tripod| PS CC 2015

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Embarcadero Center’s Christmas Lights

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I met some photographers last night in the City (San Francisco) to photograph the Christmas Lights in Embarcadero Center. The Star of the show is the white light on the TransAmerica Pyramid Building and it’s blue reflection for me.

Christmas Lights Embarcadero Center San Francisco CA

Traffic was absolutely horrible getting into the city yesterday. What should have taken just under an hour took 2 hours! It was worth the drive though. It wasn’t too cold, and the lights are gorgeous.

On another note. I have not been successful with Adobe reactivating or fixing my CS6 photo editing software so, I bit the bullet today and subscribed to the CC Photography package. I have Bridge CC, Lightroom 2015  CC, and Photoshop CC 2015 all installed, and working. Now I’m trying to figure out how to get my plug-ins, presets, and actions installed into PSCC, and LRCC.  I’ve got two actions installed. There’s hope I’ll figure it all out! 🙂

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 180mm @f18, 138sec| ISO 100| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| PSCC 2015

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