Walking up to shoot I thought about what stood out about photographing the windmills last night. I usually just get excited and start clicking away. I did that last night too. Then I walked on down the road and started to think about what perspective might render a different interesting look. Get closer to the fence. Look through your lens Linda. What about the fence shot do you like. After many attempts I decided I liked focusing on the barbed wire loop. Then I thought….try putting the setting sun (in star burst mode, of course….because I can) and see how that looks. Well here you have it. Slowing down and looking. Asking myself questions about what caught my eye and why. I just need to do this more and more.
Since Jen and I shoot the sunset at the windmills off the I-10 Freeway often finding new ways to shoot here is always on our minds.
Jen walking back to the dirt road off the I-10 Freeway windmills to shoot a different shot.
Invariably my shots of Jen are always my favorite when I’m out shooting landscapes.
View outside our backdoor taken while still dark at 5:30am this morning.
Walking with the Canon 5d Mark III on a tripod I shot west north west over the 18th lake on the Arnold Palmer Course here at Mission Hills CC. Still dark at 5:42am. However the longer 8 sec exposure, at f/3.5, ISO 640 brought out what I couldn’t see.
We’d had an incredible sunset last night with a weather system that came in. I set my alarm this morning knowing I was going out with my camera to see if the projected similar weather would bring an equally great sunrise. I noticed lots of clouds. The question was will the clouds allow the sun to do its magic. As you can see some color started at the horizon but the cloud cover stopped the sun from adding more color to the scene. 15 sec, at f/16, ISO 1250. Time: 6:05am. All photos taken with the Canon EF 16-35 L II USM lens.
I rarely take verticals.
6:09am, 5 sec at f/16, ISO 640.
On my last night in Mammoth I braved the coldest day so far and arrived late (almost 6pm) at Lake Mary’s north shore and shot off this and the next shot before the sun set.
Drove back across the Lake Mamie/Lake Mary bridge to Lake Mary’s south shore where I stayed until 8:00pm in the 40 degree cold night.
Practiced shooting vertical camera movement to capture these trees.
These remaining shots were all taken in the same direction but where I kept changing my foreground.
Last night’s practice spinning the camera lens while on a tripod set to shutter speeds around 15th to 20th sec.
In this first set of three photos, The first of the three photos is the smaller, zoomed in, version. The second photo is a little less zoomed in version. And the third photo is a larger version of what I first saw.
Again, In this next set of three photos, The first of the three photos is the smaller, zoomed in, version. The second photo is a little less zoomed in version. And the third photo is a larger version of what I first saw.
And with the next three photos, I am practicing more spinning the camera lens at slower speeds to get (hopefully) the center subject in focus. This is sooooo difficult for me to get the central figure in exact focus. I guess there are just too many variables that prevent sharp focus. But I keep trying.
Lake Mary unknowing subject #1.
Unknowing subject #2.
Unknowing Lake Mary subject #3.
This shot was taken on a tripod, shooting into a stand of trees. I loosened the ball head to freely move vertically. As I clicked the shutter, using a slower shutter speed, I moved the camera downward to create the motion blur.
I was standing still, looking out at the beauty and what I’d shoot next when the motion of the ground squirrel caught my attention. Since we are not allowed to put bird seed out at the cabin anymore we miss seeing our daily critters entertain us feeding throughout the day.
View over the Mammoth Crest west north west from Lake Mary’s northern shoreline.
That is Duck Pass in the distance.
View directly east over Lake Mary.
Thanks to the bird for this pretty pose.
I got so lucky, this and a few other blackbirds, came so close and performed for me.
Not the least bit phased by my still presence, doing what he came to do…..drink and bath.
When this bird landed inside this perfect wood frame I was ecstatic thinking how did I get so lucky. However it was a very difficult shot to process and spent way too much time trying to subdue the background and lighten the dark bird so it popped in the frame.
Couldn’t have asked for a better great pose!
See the face in the wood? I didn’t see it until I was in Lightroom editing the photo. Little gifts are fun.