We are in California for a family wedding and the sun is setting on a totally different part of the horizon than what we see in the winter. Grabbed this snap a couple hours ago at the usual hangout for sunset photos – Hueneme Pier.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Fuji XF55-200mm @200mm. 1/420th @ f6.4, ISO 200
A couple of months ago, I started seeing posts on Instagram of these beautiful warbirds. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has squadrons all over the US dedicated to the restoration and demonstration of these aircraft. Only after we loaded up and hit the open road to visit family for Christmas, did I realize that this particular squadron lived just a short distance from my in-laws, and that meant hangar tour!
This particular aircraft is a North American SNJ-5 “Texan” carrying the markings of a training squadron. You can read more about this particular aircraft on the CAF’s website, and be sure to follow @cafsocal on Instagram.
Shot with a Fujifilm X-E2 and a Fuji 18-55mm lens. 1/180th sec @ F5, ISO 5000. (I think it holds up pretty good at ISO 5000)
As the sun sets on 2015, we find our itinerant photographer opening a fresh can of cliché… This photo is literally the sunset on December 31, so while clichéd, it is fitting and accurate.
I’ve shot this scene before, but it’s one I really like and I enjoyed the moment of being there on the beach watching the sun sink into the ocean for the last time in 2015. The sun, beach and ocean don’t care – it’s just us people who place a greater significance on this event at this time – the last sunset of the year.
I look forward to the coming year and hope that it finds you well.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2, XF18-55mm @28mm, ISO 800, 1/80th @ f/22.
Spent a day with my in-laws at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, and had a really great time. Lots of fantastic exhibits and plenty of things to see and touch. There is something captivating about jellyfish though. They’re like Nature’s Lava Lamp. I mean the motion is kinda endless and fluid. Very tranquil, very mellow.
These guys are West Coast Sea Nettles. It amuses me that I manage to make an image of jellyfish that look like November’s mushrooms. This image is actually upside down – all the jellyfish were swimming (being pulled?) down toward a drain in the bottom of the tank (there’s a webcam!). The suction would let them go after a moment and they would all go back up and then start being pulled down again.
For a while now, I’ve been wanting to shoot some longer exposure stuff of surf on the rocks in Oregon, I’ve just not managed to get a trip planned for that purpose. Well mid-December rolls around and we find ourselves putting the lights on timers, loading up the bus, pointing it south and letting it go. What better way to end the year off than with a rather unplanned trip to Southern California? I mean, California has beaches, too, right?
Sunset at Point Mugu State Park provided the model and the lighting, all I had to do was frame it and shoot. The eight-second exposure looked alright in the camera’s LCD, but overall, I left the beach that evening a little disappointed, feeling like I didn’t get the image I was looking for.
Loaded the images in Lightroom and started poking around with exposure and gradient filters and suddenly there was an image that was exactly what I had imagined when I tripped the shutter. A little more dramatic than I would normally edit, but I really like the end result.
December gone and another year behind us! We spent the last couple weeks of the year visiting family in warmer parts of the country, and I gotta say, Southern California did not dissappoint.
Somehow, our plans took us to Griffith Observatory above Los Angeles on the night of the full moon (what a coincidence!), and the previous days’ rain and wind made for impressively clear skies.
Admission to the Observatory is free and there is something for the inner science geek in all of us. From a massive Tesla coil dating from the 1930s to a Camera Obscura, to the Foucault Pendulum to the underground lair-like Depths of Space exhibit gallery this place delivers huge inspiration to explore science and the universe around us.
This month’s wallpaper shows the Observatory silhouetted by the rising full moon.