Our last image of the tour of the Newark Slough. This is one more view of the footbridge with the Dumbarton Bridge off in the distance, lit up by the morning sun. The water in the foreground is not the bay, but the marshland next to the bay. Off in the distance you can see the power lines and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Last night I had some successes in the Light & Shadow Camera Club in Pictorial, Travel and Photojournalism. A couple first places and thirds. I’m excited since I still feel pretty new to photography and I have only had a DSLR since September of ’09. Yes, I have had other point-and-shoot cameras, but I never took them too seriously. The other photographers in the club are very experienced and constantly put out amazing photographs and I learn quite a bit from their work, techniques and criticisms. Placing in competition could be a bad thing however, it will just encourage me which will likely lead to wanting more lenses, filters, flashes, etc etc.
Here are the images I submitted that did well.
In the brief appearance of the sun yesterday, I had about 10 minutes in it total. On my way home from the office I tried to make something of the sun. This shot of the Dumbarton Bridge was a pleasing result. With the sun low in the sky, it cast a warm orange light on the columns. The reflection in the marsh and the blue sky hit all the right notes. Other than adjusting some contrast and light levels to remove some haze, the colors are natural.
Today I made another stop at the Dumbarton Bridge on the way home. I wanted to catch a shot of the bridge’s highrise section with the cars on it for the Daily Shoot “Converging Lines” assignment. I really liked the reflection that the small rain-created pond gives. Unfortunately two things are wrong with this shot. The first is I forgot to check my ISO, so this was done at 400 when it wasn’t required. Secondly, the construction vehicles in front of the bridge are less-than-ideal. I couldn’t see them until after the exposure was done since it was dark.
#DS61: “Converging lines direct the viewer’s eye. Sometimes found in railroad tracks, highways, and buildings. Make your photo!”
Today I left work a bit early in hopes of catching some of the waning light of the day. The wildlife sanctuary at the Dumbarton bridge was a good place as any to try and complete a couple Daily Shoot assignments. While at it, I was hoping to get a bit more practice with sunset photography and if really lucky catch a good picture of a bird. While still only owning a 28-135 lens, I wasn’t holding out for a killer bird picture.
This is the type of shot I was after. I am not necessarily thrilled with it, but it was fun to try and get this one. Finding the dead tree and placing it against the power lines and marsh seemed like a good combination. I think a wider lens may have made this a bit more dramatic. I am using this one for #ds43: “Trees come in all shapes and sizes. This time of year they may be covered in snow. Make a photo of an interesting tree.”
I would be hard-pressed to find one with snow out here.
After my attempts with the sunset, I noticed this next shot with my car.
I liked the way the car, the radio tower, fence and bridge came together. For this one I waited until a truck drove by to add a sense of bustle.
Finally, my other favorite shot from this mini-outing was the photo of four cones that were stuck in the silty mud under the bridge. I love how dirty this photo is and how along with the bright reflections in the water. The cones captured the setting sun to make it look like a flash was used on this shot.
Finally, I have been hunting for a picture for #ds41: “Share a little bit about yourself by making a photo that exemplifies your part of the country or world. (@book_up)” While this one is similar to the one with the tree, it captures a bit more about the area. Marsh, Wildlife, hills and the power that drives silicon valley.