"San Francisco Bay Bridge"
Location: Embarcadero Plaza, San Francisco, California.
I shot this image just before the sun came up and lit the whole scene (see next)... that is still my favorite image. However, I liked this image because it has both the warm glow of the twilight and also the magic of the cool blue tones.
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 24mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 30sec at f/13 and ISO 50
Filters: LEE ND Grads 0.9 and 0.6 soft edge
Post Processing: Adobe Lightroom for white balance, shadow details, Adobe PS for wide angle lens distortion correction. Rest is straight from the camera.
"Bridal Veil Falls: A Spring Evening"
Location: Valley View, Yosemite National Park, California.
Here is the view of the bridal veil falls lit by the late afternoon sun. It is amazing to me how many different views of this location I have witnessed over the years. Changing lighting conditions, seasons, snow, rain storms, clouds all play a key role in emphasizing the beauty of this location.
This view was captured on a spring afternoon prior to arrival of a rain storm. Without clouds not just the sky would have been empty but also there would have been no penetrating light on the granite walls. It's a rare moment that I was very happy to capture!
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 40mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 3.2sec at f/16 and ISO 50
Filters: Hoya 8-stop solid ND filter to allow long exposure of 3.2sec. LEE 0.9 (3-stop) soft edge ND grad filter to balance exposure of sky with the foreground.
Yosemite is the arguably the most beautiful national park. It's grandeur and the time scale it took to evolve is very humbling. I learnt that the granite peaks started out as molten magma deep below the earth's surface about 100 million years ago. Merced river then carved it into a "V" shaped valley and finally glaciers shaped it into its present day "U" shape. The beauty of the valley has inspired many. It's lush forests, tall granite peaks, amazing monoliths and beautiful waterfalls are so pristine that a visit to the park often overwhelms the senses. A visit here at least once in lifetime is a must.
Location: Garrapata State Park, Monterey-Carmel Area, California, Map
The rugged California coastline around Big Sur area is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. I have been fortunate enough to see and photograph it several times. My favorite time of the year to visit the coastline is during winter months when you can see interesting cloud formations and vibrant hues of sunset colors. This is a long exposure image which renders the water smooth and helps to bring out the beauty of the place further.
Tech Info and Tip:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @32mm
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Exposure: 30sec at f/11 and ISO 50
Filters: SinghRay 2 Stop ND grad hard edge
The vibrant colors in the image are the result of sunset glow and long exposure time. It is often possible to obtain rich vibrant colors in an image if it is captured during twilight conditions when the light is warm and the shadows are not harsh. I emphasized the mood further by using long exposure that "averaged" the ripples in the water and created a surreal minimalist look.
Garrapata state park is one of the most photographed locations on the California coast. People are drawn to this spot due to the rugged coastline and its famous sea stacks. Just south of Monterey, California it is one of the best places to see waves crashing against the rugged coastline.