Clouds

We enjoyed our first storm of the season. Hopefully, it will be the first of many during this upcoming winter. California needs every single drop of rain it can get. Last week, I was quite excited to see all the clouds filling the sky.

If the clouds are properly exposed, the small helicopter will be severely underexposed. Needed some post-processing to correct that.

Helicopter in the Clouds

Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, 300mm, f/8.0, 1/1,250s

I’ve been searching for the right location to take the photo below. At street level, there were too many human elements obstructing the view—buildings, cell towers, telephone lines, power lines, etc. I tried the 101 overpass, but I couldn’t get the view I wanted. Serendipitously, I walked along my long route, which passed Crittenden hill. When I climbed up, I was greeted with this unencumbered view. I exposed for the clouds, so the foreground had to be adjusted with graduated filter in Lightroom. A physical graduated filter would have worked as well, I guess.

Mountain View Landscape

Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, 58mm, f/8.0, 1/1,250s

Lufthansa

Nikon D800, Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, ISO 100, 300mm, f/8.0, 1/800s

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Shoreline Amphitheatre

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