DLWS Santa Rosa Starts out on the Coast

The first official shoot for DLWS Santa Rosa started along the Pacific Coast line. We were out along Spud Point watching the waves come in and crash against the rocks. Sunrise was nothing spectacular by any means of the imagination but it was nice to have some color as opposed to the expected grey skies. We basically had a 180 degree view of the ocean, behind us was of course the California hillside. Towards one end we had a beautiful bay with some nice light. Down the other end was a beautiful bay with many options for black and white.

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Waves on rocks are a no brainier when it comes to doing black and whites. The challenge is getting the wave at the peak of action getting the best possible wave against the rock. I’m certainly no expert, living in the mountains where there are no waves doesn’t help either. While I was out this morning I had the 70-200 out and was looking around, watching the waves as they came in trying to get those shots. As you can see above there weren’t too many great big waves, but it definitely wasn’t a flat morning. Thankfully there will be more chances to come.

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We left the cliff side and headed just down the road to the local Bordega Bay Marina, where we started working the docks One of the challenges was of course that the docks were closed to anyone that didn’t have a boat there, but thanks to the power of long glass and a little creativity, it wasn’t hard to find subjects. The one boat that stood out to me the most was “Nancy.” Nancy was parked in between docks with no other boats around here, the light on the water and the pier had a lot of contrast so that it made for some easy black and whites.

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Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 14-24, AF-S 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Working With the Spring Flowers

Well today began the next installment of DLWS this time coming from lovely Santa Roas California. Saturday is the normal scout day where we go around making sure we have all the great shooting locals picked out for the rest of the week. This is a special DLWS not only is it the last one for the Spring months and won’t start up again until the fall, but it is also my last DLWS. Having the great fortune of being able to come to these events has been wonderful but due to scheduling conflicts in the fall, i won’t make it to anymore. Nevertheless this one should be great. Now for the day of scouting we arrive at Marshall Point.

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As it might be rather obvious, Marshall Point is along the coast up towards Bordega Bay. As it might also be obvious, there are wild flowers in bloom over the western side of the Sierra’s. On the Eastern side we still have snow, but not here, Oh no it’s the pretty poppies. Now I have never been much of a flower guy, never got into the whole finding the perfect flower to get the perfect flower shot but i have noticed a lack of landscape shots containing fields of flowers. Since i do a lot of wildlife and landscape photography one would think that would be natural to have. Well since i don’t have any great flower shots i thought this would be a good time to try and capture some. You might call it a self assignment or even just an experiment, but over the next few days I’m going to with the best of my abilities capture a shot that really says Spring is here. We’ll see what happens.

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Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 24-70, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

What to do when your face is numb



I know I needed to blog because my dad kept saying why haven’t you blogged, why haven’t you blogged. The past few days I have been trying to think of something to blog. Since I have not gone out shooting lately, it made my decisions a little more difficult. Today I had a my upper wisdom teeth pulled, so I knew I wouldn’t get out  shooting today like I wanted too. But that gave me time to go through some of the images from redwoods. I felt like there was more that I wanted to show that I had not already. These were two of those images.

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