Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The sun has set on 2014 and it certainly has been an interesting year. I spent the day hiking at Big Basin which for me is the perfect end to the year.
I did the 11 mile loop among the towering redwoods and visited the 3 waterfalls the park is famous for.
Now, its time to get some rest and celebrate New Year's in East Coast time. Happy 2015!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Monday, December 29, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014
A year ago I was sitting in my living room wondering if would be able to get out and do another serious hike. It had been a couple of weeks since the surgery to fix my broken fibula and dislocated ankle.
I was happy to prove to myself today that the answer is yes (well very likely so). I went on a ~7 mile moderately strenuous hike at Pinnacles National Park, about 2 hours south of San Jose.
This is an area that Kim I used to hike frequently when we first moved here and its a place with interesting views, caves and lots of trails. However, its been several years since we visited the park and so took the opportunity to hike here with visiting family.
Up until this point, the most strenuous hike I have attempted is small 1-1.5 mile hikes with only moderate elevation changes. I didn't want to schlep a bunch of camera gear as well so opted to take a little Panasonic LX100 and see what it could do.
I had forgotten all the interesting things to photograph in the park and so it was fun rediscovering these scenes. I didn't do any processing to these images, just the VSCO Velvia preset in Lightroom and some quick tonal touchups.
In my peak hiking days and before my injury, a 7 mile hike with only a ~1300 ft. elevation change would have been an easy hike but at this point I am happy enough to just be able to do it.
Only my ankle feels sore, though I guess I'll find out tomorrow what else hurts.
Now I need to work my way up to the 11 mile Berry Creek Falls loop in Big Basin. That will be the goal this spring.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
|Davenport Sunset - D810, Zeiss 15mm, f/22, 0.5s, ISO 64|
|The Crack - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/22, ISO 100, 80 frames stacked.|
Friday, December 26, 2014
|Basin Falls - Alpa STC, IQ 180, Rodenstock 32mm, ~f/11, 8s, ISO 35.|
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|Stream and Moss - Alpa STC, IQ 180, Rodenstock 32mm, ~f/11, 3s, ISO 35|
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
|Stream and Falls - Alpa STC, IQ 180, Schneider 120 APO, f/11, 3s, ISO 35.|
I was out to practice playing around with plane of focus control with tilt and for this image I used the latest addition to my technical camera kit, the superb Schneider 120mm APO lens. On my Alpa STC, I was able to shift, creating this 140 megapixel vertical panoramic as well as tilt to bring the foremost foreground rock and the far back cascades and ferns in the same wedge of focus. +Andy Biggs, you want this piece of kit buddy.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
|Aspens - D800e, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/8, 1/13s, ISO 100|
Saturday, December 20, 2014
|Tentacles - Leica S, 30-90 @ 57mm, f/8, 2s, ISO 100|
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
|Landing - 1D4, 800mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 400.|
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Sunday, December 07, 2014
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
|Abandoned Barn in Storm - 1Ds3, 70-200 @ 200mm, f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 200|