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Marin Lookout

 

Marin Lookout

San Francisco VA Medical Center, Point Bonita Lighthouse, and this old army lookout line up in this shot.  Since I love shooting gritty old and abused structures against picturesque scenes, this worked very well for me.  The orange on the building is from the glow of the setting sun.  You can get glimpses of it on the lighthouse in the distance.  The clarity is pretty good for that structure as well, which you can see by clicking through.

 

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Palace of Fine Arts at Night

Palace of Fine Arts

A fog-free night in San Francisco combined with driving by the Palace of Fine Arts with a camera in the car means you must stop to get a few images.   The buildings are lit dramatically with sodium lights.  This makes difficult color set to capture and reveal the detail in color, so I opted for black & white here.  We were in the late hour of twilight so the sky had a nice gradient left to it.

Sunset in the Marin Headlands

Marin Headlands Sunset

The day in the Marin Headlands let us have a nice, golden, somewhat hazy sunset.  Off in the distance you can see an old army lookout station with a bit of graffiti on it.  I’ll post a close-up of that in a couple days.  The light on the iceplant worked really well for this shot.  I just wish I had a round aperture and possibly an ND filter to really bring this image home.

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Oh how busy life can get.  Saturday was the first day I’ve been out to ‘just shoot photos’ in many months.  We went up to the Marin Headlands which is worth a trip even without a camera.  The day was great, and I think I have at least a few posts worth of shots.  What we’re looking at today is a very excited turkey that was attempting to impress a couple of hens that were nearby.  He was doing some dancing and showing off his very colorful feathers.  I got lucky as he started walking in my direction which gave some great reflections off of his feathers.

w00t! Fifth Place!

If everyone remembers, I asked a while back about some images that I should enter into the Fotoclave, a photography competition of 3 Northern California camera club councils.  I was able to get 4 acceptances and I won fifth-place in the Digital Photojournalism category with Terror of Happy Hollow – San Jose, CA. The Fotoclave competition includes 3 different Northern California Camera Club Councils, representing about 23 photo clubs.  Each council was allowed to submit 20 images per category.   There were many, many incredible photographs in the competition and I don’t envy the judges that have to make the decisions on winners.  I am very excited that one of my images was able to stand alongside of the others.  Additionally, thanks to my family for making the photograph possible. 🙂

Terror of Happy Hollow

Terror of Happy Hollow - San Jose, CA

Beached Coconut

Beached Coconut

Here we are on the west side of Maui looking at a beached coconut.  Off in the distance you can see some rock, Molokini Island and Kahoolawe Island’s humpback whale looking silhouette.

Two Bridges

Two Bridges

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.

Orange Morning

Orange Morning

Okay, lets take a break from the islands and enjoy one more sunrise from the Newark Slough.  Don’t worry, we’ll get back to Maui soon enough.

This image is one that was fraught with user-error in the taking, and yet ended up pretty decent.  I had the camera setup on some long exposures in bracketing mode. As I was setting up for the shot, the sky was lighting up with brilliant oranges and I accidentally hit the shutter.  30 seconds to wait for it to finish?  I don’t think so.  Off went the camera.  Back on, change settings and finish.  Unfortunately the brillance faded to some degree before I could shoot again.  Overall, I think it turned out pretty decent.

Family Portrait

Family Portrait

While hanging out at the beach, I took a few photos of my lovely wife.  I noticed that my reflection in her sunglasses was rather interesting with the blue sky and other features clearly visible.  I called the kids over and had each one wave to create his “family portrait”.   I think this will make a great print since there is quite a bit of detail in the reflection.

Maui Madness

Boogie Boarding in Maui

Okay, to come clean, work wasn’t the only reason I haven’t been posting. 🙂  Earlier this month we took a week-long vacation to Maui to enjoy the nice warm weather, water and relax.  Photography on a family vacation isn’t the easiest thing to get out and do, but I did manage to get a few decent images from the trip.  We’ll start with my daughter having a blast on the boogie board at Ulua State Beach.  In the background you can see the West Maui Mountains.  The vacation was a blast and the family had a great time.

I love this shot since it just freezes the excitement perfectly and has a decent amount of location orientation included.