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Live Oak SilhouetteGolden California Live Oaks SilhouetteFire Under the Pier - Santa Monica Pier, CASpiral Staircase - Scotty's CastleMesquite Flat Dunes - Death Valley National ParkMud Death Star - Bubbling Mud Pits of RotoruaStorm in Milford Sound - New ZealandDusk on the Isle of Skye: The Old Man of StorrDouble Helix Spiral Staircase - Vatican MuseumPainted Sky above Catalina Island, CAElegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset - Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CABehind Bixby Bridge - Highway 1, Big Sur, CAWaves of Green - Pismo Dunes, Oceano Dunes - Pismo Beach, CABay Bridge Sailboat Silhouette - San Francisco, CAI'm an InukshukWinter Beauty in the High SierraYellow Fall Leaves with Orange Canyon BackdropBursting Sunrise in the Aosta Valley - ItalyStepping into DarknessPeaceful Birch BaySardine Can CollectionAndy Rock Climbing at Pirate's CoveJoshua Tree Panorama at SunsetSunset WalkMighty HawkCabrillo Bridge (Laurel Street Bridge)Peaceful Glide
Live Oak Silhouette
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Live Oak Silhouette

A lone California Live Oak silhouette with double starburst, black and white. I walked through lots of stickers to get in the right spot to get the sun starburst directly behind the oak’s tree trunk. I’ve never captured a double starburst like this before, but I really like what it adds to the silhouette, especially as a B&W photo (shooting at a small aperture like f/16 or f/22 is the best way to achieve this result). This particular live oaks was perfect for a silhouette photo with its distinct shape and balanced set of branches. I had originally envisioned a double silhouette with the oak that was next to this tree, but decided it was a bolder photo with the other live oak cropped out. This photo was taken in Concord, CA next to the California State University East Bay Concord Campus (CSUEB Concord Campus) which is a beautiful campus up on some hills.

For a different kind of oak silhouette, check out my previously posted Golden California Live Oaks Silhouette photo.

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January 23, 2014 5:07 pm      Permalink

Golden California Live Oaks Silhouette
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Golden California Live Oaks Silhouette

California Live Oaks silhouetted on a golden California hillside - this is one of the scenes that makes you realize why California is often referred to as the Golden State. I took this photo in Walnut Creek, CA, but this scene is common in much of the central coast of CA: golden hills rolling through the distance with random California live oak trees amongst grass and mustard plants.

These two distinct live oaks stood out to me as awesome silhouette subjects when I saw them earlier in the day while visiting this area and I envisioned a photo similar to this. When I came back later at sunset, I was stoked to see that the scene I had pictured before was actually going to work out! This very often doesn’t happen, but in this case I was able to get a composition of the trees on the hillside in a way that worked well with the position of the sun. As the sun set, the golden light started pouring out to complete the scene.

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January 17, 2014 5:28 pm      Permalink

Fire Under the Pier - Santa Monica Pier, CA
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Fire Under the Pier - Santa Monica Pier, CA

Fiery sunset light under the Santa Monica Pier.

I took this photo while on a large (200+ people) LA photo walk that Trey Ratcliff organized Sunday Feb 26.

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February 28, 2012 9:56 am      Permalink

Spiral Staircase - Scotty's Castle
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Spiral Staircase - Scotty's Castle

This staircase is inside one of the turrets of Scotty's Castle, an interesting place on the edge of Death Valley National Park.

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February 4, 2012 9:59 am      Permalink

Mesquite Flat Dunes - Death Valley National Park
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Mesquite Flat Dunes - Death Valley National Park

These are the Mesquite Flat Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park. This photo was taken from the top of the highest dune looking northeast towards the rest of the dunes. The eastern part of Mesquite Dunes is the best place to go for photography since those dunes don't get as many footprints from visitors.

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January 30, 2012 10:02 am      Permalink

Mud Death Star - Bubbling Mud Pits of Rotorua
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Mud Death Star - Bubbling Mud Pits of Rotorua

This "mud death star" is a big (around 1 foot in diameter) mud bubble captured at mid-burst using a fast shutter speed. This was part of a much bigger bubbling mud pit outside of Rotorua, New Zealand (Wai-O-Tapu). There were many such mud pits, each with its own interval and resulting shape. Some would bubble fast and not very high while others would erupt every couple minutes with mud spewing many feet into the air.

You may also be interested in my Champagne Pool on Mars photo which was also taken in the same area.

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January 18, 2012 11:05 pm      Permalink

Storm in Milford Sound - New Zealand
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Storm in Milford Sound - New Zealand

It rained for much of my short visit to Milford Sound, which isn't surprising considering it's the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest places in the world. Milford Sound has been known to receive 10 inches of rain in the span of 24 hours, which is about as much rain as Los Angeles gets in an entire year. Annual rainfall is over 22 feet (over 6.5 meters). But it isn't just always raining; the weather changed dramatically over the course of my 2-hour boat ride, even breaking up for some sun for a little while. In this photo you can see a new batch of rain descending down the steep glacier-carved peaks.

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December 2, 2011 2:21 pm      Permalink

Dusk on the Isle of Skye: The Old Man of Storr
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Dusk on the Isle of Skye: The Old Man of Storr

This is one of the most beautiful places we have seen in Scotland: the Trotternish Peninsula of the Isle of Skye. On the horizon you can see the "Old Man of Storr", a distinct rock pinnacle. We stayed in a house next to this lake (Loch Fada), and I took this photo after the sun had already set behind the mountains (8:30pm).

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April 29, 2011 5:30 am      Permalink

Double Helix Spiral Staircase - Vatican Museum
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Double Helix Spiral Staircase - Vatican Museum

The beautiful spiral staircase at the Vatican Museum, from below. Designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932, the broad steps are somewhere between a ramp and a staircase. They were designed to be wide and have a small enough amount of climb so that horses could walk up them. The stairs are actually two separate helixes, one leading up and the other leading down, that twist together in a double helix formation. I think it's really cool that this was designed many years before the discovery of the double helical DNA strand, which has now come to represent life itself.

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March 8, 2011 10:31 am      Permalink

Painted Sky above Catalina Island, CA
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Painted Sky above Catalina Island, CA

Catalina Island is visible on the horizon below the incredible painted sky as seen from Corona del Mar. This sunset kept getting better and better, until this final moment before all the color faded. This photo was taken about 15 minutes after my previous Elegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset photo.

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November 18, 2010 8:46 pm      Permalink

Elegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset - Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CA
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Elegant Egret Silhouette at Sunset - Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CA

This egret landed in front of me on a cool rock partway out into the ocean and stood there as if watching the sunset. By this point the sun had already set, but the colors kept getting more and more vibrant. This photo was taken last Sunday at Little Corona, Corona del Mar State Beach, CA.

For the photographers out there, you may be interested to note that this photo was taken at ISO 800, which to me is quite impressive considering how clean it looks. I applied a slight bit of noise reduction to the horizon, but mostly it's a testament to the awesome Canon 5D Mark II low light performance. I used a Canon 300mm f/4 lens with 1.4x extender attached at f/5.6.

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November 17, 2010 11:37 am      Permalink

Behind Bixby Bridge - Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
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Behind Bixby Bridge - Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

Morning light highlights Bixby Bridge against the shadowed Pacific behind. I drove up a dirt road to find this spot where the rocky island fit right under the arch of the bridge. I've been trying to be more intentional about my composition lately, and I think it paid off in this case. You may also be interested in my Bixby Bridge from Above photo which I posted recently (Big Sur, CA).

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September 18, 2010 8:00 am      Permalink

Waves of Green - Pismo Dunes, Oceano Dunes - Pismo Beach, CA
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Waves of Green - Pismo Dunes, Oceano Dunes - Pismo Beach, CA

The green grasses growing on the Pismo (Oceano) Dunes near Pismo Beach, CA. The low light near sunset provided for some interesting contrast between these 2 small dunes which I tried to use to my advantage in composing the photo. The grass on the hillside behind is leaning away from the ocean due to the strong winds. It almost looks like underwater soft coral.

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September 17, 2010 7:45 am      Permalink

Bay Bridge Sailboat Silhouette - San Francisco, CA
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Bay Bridge Sailboat Silhouette - San Francisco, CA

The truck above and sailboat below give a sense of scale to the San Francisco Bay Bridge in this early morning silhouette. The original photo didn't have much color in it anyway, so I liked it as a black and white. I took this photo our last morning in San Francisco.

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September 12, 2010 8:04 am      Permalink

I'm an Inukshuk
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I'm an Inukshuk

Inukshuk at sunset. A what? As we learned at the Canadian northern house exhibit, it's a stone landmark or cairn built by the peoples of the Arctic region of North America to show the way or mark a significant spot. You may have noticed that the official Vancouver 2010 Olympics logo features an Inukshuk just like this. I found out after taking this photo that this particular Inukshuk is one of the best known in Vancouver (it appears in several postcards). It also happens to be very close to where we stayed while visiting that fine city, which meant I was able to run here at the last minute and grab this photo when I noticed the beautiful sunset.

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March 25, 2010 2:09 pm      Permalink

Winter Beauty in the High Sierra
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Winter Beauty in the High Sierra

And now for something completely different (no HDR involved): beautiful snow textures in the high Sierras. I took this photo near the side of highway 395 not too far from the turnoff for Crowley Lake on Sunday. What you can't see in this photo are my freezing feet. I waded into the deep snow wearing wet socks & sandals since I had already taken off my boots in the car, and there was a fussy baby waiting so I didn't want to take the time to put them back on.

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February 2, 2010 10:30 am      Permalink

Yellow Fall Leaves with Orange Canyon Backdrop
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Yellow Fall Leaves with Orange Canyon Backdrop

The orange canyon walls in Zion make a fitting backdrop for the yellow fall leaves, mixed with some green for good measure. Same canyon as my previous canyoneering photos.

November 3, 2009 11:39 pm      Permalink

Bursting Sunrise in the Aosta Valley - Italy
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Bursting Sunrise in the Aosta Valley - Italy

The sun bursts through a cloud in this silhouette which shows the distinct chimney of this slate-roofed house. These rock roofs were one of the most distinct changes we noticed as we entered Italy from France. We drove through the 7-mile long tunnel which goes under Mont Blanc, dividing eastern France and western Italy. The Swiss border is not too far to the north of the Aosta Valley, along which lies the famous Matterhorn, which we unfortunately didn't get a chance to see.

September 16, 2009 8:04 am      Permalink

Stepping into Darkness
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Stepping into Darkness

Katie and Kai walking into one of the Othello Tunnels near Hope in BC, Canada. No photoshop filters used; just a slow shutter speed. Photo taken March 31, 2005 when we visited Scott & Kai in Mission, BC.

May 27, 2009 8:01 am      Permalink

Peaceful Birch Bay
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Peaceful Birch Bay

A seagull flies above Birch Bay around sunset. I adjusted the red, green, and blue levels separately to get this surreal effect which conveys the mood of this peaceful evening. This was taken on the same trip up as the previous photo, across the border in Birch Bay, Washington.

May 14, 2009 8:04 am      Permalink

Sardine Can Collection
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Sardine Can Collection

Old sardine cans lining the wall in the kitchen previously photographed. Many times canned sardines are the only meat available, and only if they've been brought in from the city. During our week stay in this village they didn't even have sardines to serve us (we went without meat of any kind). Why keep these cans? Any kind of storage container can be useful out in the village where few such things exist. Plus, they make great lamps with a simple wick and some kerosene.

May 7, 2009 9:33 pm      Permalink

Andy Rock Climbing at Pirate's Cove
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Andy Rock Climbing at Pirate's Cove

This was last Christmas at Pirate's Cove, a popular place for bouldering. We got there just in time for sunset, and of course my brother Andy immediately did some climbing. This was one of the first photos I took with my Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens.

December 14, 2008 2:12 pm      Permalink

Joshua Tree Panorama at Sunset
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Joshua Tree Panorama at Sunset

This is probably the best sunset I've experienced in Joshua Tree National Park. Friends and I were already heading down from Ryan Mountain when this brilliance opened up. I ran back up to the top to capture this panorama. After about 10 minutes, the color was gone.

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December 13, 2008 2:12 pm      Permalink

Sunset Walk
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Sunset Walk

A beautiful evening walk along the pier in South Haven, MI with the sun setting over Lake Michigan. I took this July 24, 2008 after meeting up with some of my relatives who live in this part of Michigan. This was right before leaving on our Israel trip.

October 6, 2008 10:23 pm      Permalink

Mighty Hawk
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Mighty Hawk

Katie and I spotted this hawk along Highway 156 near Hollister, CA as we were heading east to the 5 Freeway. The first time we stopped, he flew away too quickly for me to get a photo. But fortunately, he landed again farther down the road, and I captured this shot right as he was taking off again. Anyone know what kind of hawk it is?

February 11, 2007 9:16 pm      Permalink

Cabrillo Bridge (Laurel Street Bridge)
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Cabrillo Bridge (Laurel Street Bridge)

This bridge goes over the 163 freeway in San Diego near Balboa Park. That's the same freeway that Katie ran on during the Rock 'n' Roll marathon she did last year (and the rest of us rode bikes on while following her).

November 28, 2006 9:54 pm      Permalink

Peaceful Glide
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Peaceful Glide

Taken at the Bolsa Chica wetlands. What kind of bird? I don't really know. Maybe someone can tell me. I just like how it comes out in B&W.

June 17, 2006 12:33 pm      Permalink