Top 10 Images in 2015

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I had a lovely Christmas Holiday, and I hope those of you that celebrate it did too.

During the quiet times here at home I looked back through this years images, and looked at the stats of images I’ve posted here, and/or on flickr.  I had some good trips, hung out with amazing people, and had the opportunity to see many beautiful places, and things.  I feel truly blessed!

Drum roll! These are the Top 10 images of 2015 that received the most views on flickr.

1) Pacific Snapper

P52 10 of 52  Pacific Red Snapper in Lemon, Butter, Wine Sauce

2) Running in Rain PuddlesRunning in Puddles

3) On the VergeMonochrome Madness 2 15 of 52 On the Verge of Blossoming

4) Gung Hay Fat Choy! Plus a new Conjunction Venus, Mars, and the Moon

Gung hay fat choy!

5)  Caramel Macaroons

P52 3/52 Caramel Macarons

6) Waning Crescent Moon over Vasona Lake

Waning Crescent Moon with Saturn over Vason Lake Los Gatos CA

7) Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Spencer

Golden Gate Bridge after Dark from Battery Spenser

8) Lunar Totality over the Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA

Totality-Lunar Eclipse over The Palace of Fine Arts San Francisc

9) Dawn Vasona Lake ParkDawn Vasona Lake Park Los Gatos CA

10) Moth Orchid

Moth Orchid

 

It’s interesting to see which images received the most views verses my personal favorites. I’m planning to post those soon. I have a hard time whittling those down to just 10! 🙂

I wish you all a great week!

More to come…

 

 

 

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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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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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Summer is…

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…the State Fair!

There are a lot more Spinning rides than when I was a kid, but the energy, sounds of the Arcade barkers trying to entice you to try your hand at their game to “Win the big prize!”, the clicking,  and clanging of gears and tracks, the lights flashing, and whizzing by, the screams of delight and terror echoing from the tops of rides by children young and old, the sweet smell of Cotton Candy, and the rich buttery smell of  fresh popped popcorn wafting through the air all were the same.

Starship 3000, Ferris Wheel, and arcade.

Summer is...“Let the Spinning wheel spin”~Blood, Sweat, and Tears- Spinning Wheel

Ferris WheelMy goal on this evening was to have a lot fun slowing down my shutter speed to show the spinning of the many spinning rides.

Spinning RideThe Carousel was pretty all lit up so I took two images one to stop action showing its detail, and another with a slow shutter speed.

Carousel

Spinning CarouselAll the images in this post were taken at the California State Fair July 2012. I missed last year, and hope to get to this year’s State Fair which starts in just about a month. With a little luck #1 Grandson will be with me and experience his first Fair.

I’ll leave you with an image of the gorgeous sunset we had on that evening.

Meet me at the fair!All images were taken with a Nikon D700 w/ AF-D 24mm f/2.8 lens| Tripod

Hope you have a great week-end!

Tunnel View Cafe

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At the Tunnel View CafeThis is the “cool” version of Sunset that I took while at Tunnel View in Yosemite a couple of weeks ago. I used a Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo Filter to enhance the colors and reflecting light.

The haze in the image is moisture from the low clouds, and smoke from camp fires down in the valley. I hoped to get Alpine Glow on both Cathedral Rocks and El Capitan, but it didn’t happen while I had my Singh-Ray filter on. You just never know what it’s going to be like. It’s never the same twice.

Nikon D700| AF-S 17-35mm @ f11| 1/10s| ISO200| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Tripod| Singh-Ray LB ColorCombo filter

Yosemite National Park, California, USA- sunset

 

Sunset Los Gatos, California

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Sunset Los Gatos, CAIt was a gorgeous sunny day yesterday. The temperature was in the low 80’s. Late in the afternoon I noticed clouds forming and thought the sunset might be a colorful one, so I packed up a light-weight kit and headed over to Vasona Lake.

I had another view framed, but the  clouds and color didn’t drift that way, so I turned around and found the color there.

Nikon D700| AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G @ f8| 1/15s| ISO 200| Manual Priority| Matrix Metering| Tripod