Imperial Dunes Sunset – California

Imperial Dunes Sunset - California

Imperial Dunes Sunset – California

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Driving along Hwy. 78, a two lane road through the desert on my way back to Los Angeles I saw sand dunes in the distance. When I reached a road going in to the south up a steep hill, I took it. I pulled over at the top, grabbed my camera bag and began walking through the dunes until I found some situated west of me that intrigued my eye. The tripod was set, camera with quick release securely attached, and I looked through the viewfinder to find where I wanted to put four corners around the sinuous lines of these luxuriously formed dunes. According to my iPhone there were two hours until sunset so I flopped in the warm sand on my back to temper the chill of the gusty February air. As the sun began slipping behind the dunes, I again looked through the viewfinder thinking the scene was absolutely perfect. That’s when a woman began walking into my frame along the ridgeline from left to right stopping just shy of the peak of the highest dune and faced west for perfect composition. Now the scene was perfect!!!…and I am eternally grateful for her holding her pose until the colors reached maximum saturation.

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/6 sec., ISO 64,  exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer RemoteManfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, capture date and time: 2/08/2017, 6:48 pm, post processing: HDR 32-bit image file.

Famous Photographer Quote #0343

Ken Rockwell

“Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology.”

Ken Rockwell

Sunset Over Marine Layer – Century City

Sunset Over Marine Layer - Century City

Sunset Over Marine Layer – Century City

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The Los Angeles Basin is known for having marine layers come inland on occasion, covering the city with low fog that hugs the ground. If you can find a high enough vantage point such as Griffith Park Observatory where I was standing to make this capture, you can view the scene from above the clouds. Add a sunset to the mix and things start to get surreal.

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, focal length: 350mm, exposure:  f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 64,  exposure program: Aperture Priority, WB: Auto, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer RemoteManfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, capture date and time: 3/12/2017, 7:10 pm, post processing: HDR 32-bit image file.

Famous Photographer Quote #0342

Leonard Missone

“The sky is the key to the landscape.”

Leonard Missione

(self-portrait with family)

Lower Colorado River at Picacho, California

Lower Colorado River at Picacho

Lower Colorado River at Picacho, California

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After being buffeted by high winds on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, I woke up on Wednesday at 4:00 am to stillness. I skipped my usual coffee and biscotti breakfast, and made a capture of the sunrise over the Colorado, then this capture at 8:30 which I think defines the flavor of the Lower Colorado River in one image.

Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, exposure:  f/11, 1/125 sec., ISO 64,  exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer RemoteManfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, capture date and time: 2/08/2017, 8:36 am, post processing: HDR 32-bit image file.

Famous Photographer Quote #0341

Diane Arbus-1968

“One of the risks of appearing in public is the likelihood of being photographed.”

Diane Arbus

Korean Woman on Dock at Wando

Korean Woman on Dock at Wando

Korean Woman on Dock at Wando

This is an environmental portrait of a South Korean woman on the docks at Wando in early morning.

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Nikon N90 SLRNikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, Kodak Ektachrome 100 Professional film, No exposure data recorded, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software, handheld.

Famous Artist Quote #0340

Rabindranath Tagore

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

Rabindranath Tagore

Picacho Wilderness Sunset – California

Picacho Sunset - California 2/07/207

Picacho Wilderness Sunset – California

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During my recent trip to Picacho Wilderness, I was treated to several days of incessant, gale winds. Photography was out of the question except for sunrises and sunsets against a distant foreground because the scene is far enough away and dark enough where you can’t see the trees and shrubs blowing in the wind. This image is one of those sunsets.

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Nikon D810 DSLR AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, exposure:  f/6.3, 1/30 sec., ISO 64,  exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer RemoteManfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, capture date and time: 2/07/2017, 6:37 pm, post processing: HDR 32-bit image file.

Famous Photographer Quote #0339

George Eastman

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”

George Eastman

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