A composition has always eluded me at this spot until I tried a Milky Way shot.
I went to Baker Beach hoping to get a brilliant sunset, but it didn’t show up. However, I was inspired by the clouds that were looking really moody. Also, the tide was coming way up on the beach to make a strong foreground. It was setting up for a cool blue hour shot. The bridge lights reflecting on the water was an unexpected plus.
It was a cold day in December 2017 at Sequoia National Park. I hiked all day looking for a good shot and noticed the colors in the clouds in the afternoon. I then had to find the best spot to get the dramatic haziness in the foothills into the foreground.
This received a Juror Award at the 2018 KVIE Art Auction.
Being in Yosemite while it’s snowing is less frequent than you think. My availability to travel has to match the weather forecast. The forecast can also change day to day from snowing to sunny. This time I happened to get to the Valley at the perfect time. It was snowing but not very cold. Normally, this tree isn’t even noticeable because it blends in with the background. This day, the snow in the air made this tree pop out from the background. I like it because of the scale of the tree from the larger trees and the granite cliff. The depth shows it isolation in the middle of the meadow.
View of tbe skyline from the Presdio on a cloudy day.
Woke up early to catch the sun wash over Death Valley's Manly Beacon at sunrise.
This is the shot I came to get. I wanted to get the entire scene. I also wanted to have clouds in the sky. It's a very different scene without the clouds. This is four combined shots with the very widest angle lens I have.
This beautiful stand of aspens in Ahwahnee Meadow cries out to be photographed. I would pass by this during my numerous visits trying to find a good backdrop. This day turned out to be great. It was snowing which gave the cliff face a muted ghostly look and allowed the aspens to separate themselves from the background.
Morning view towards Gower Gulch from Zabriskie Point. The rising sun casts the shadows and highlights the peaks by Gower Gulch.
Golden Gate Bridge on a foggy evening.