The Pacific coastlines of the United states is very beautiful and full of beautiful gems, some lesser known and some very popular destinations. The Natural Bridge Beach park in Santa Cruz is one one the more popular gems. It features a small beach area where people can come camp, play, surf etc. But it also features a Natural bridge which adds to the beauty of the area. Some of you wondering what a Natural Bridge is can find more information here ..
These are some of the shots I got on one of the evenings i was there few months back. I have only been there once, but I know I will be going back because this location promises some great light and gorgeous shots, and I don’t want to miss that 🙂
“San Francisco has only one drawback. ”Tis hard to leave” ~ Rudyard Kipling
Bay Bridge (above and below) as seen from the Yerba Buena Island
“San Francisco itself is art, above all literary art. Every block is a short story, every hill a novel. Every home a poem, every dweller within immortal. That is the whole truth.” ~ William Saroyan
Lombard Street Looking up
Lombard Street, Looking down the Crookedest Street. You can See Coit Tower and Bay Bridge at a distance.
Cable Car (above and below). Crossing of Market ans Powell where the Cable Car Originates from and Stops at. They spin the Cable car for it to start over. The platform below rotates
“You are fortunate to live here. If I were your President, I would levy a tax on you for living in San Francisco!” ~ Mikhail Gorbachev
San Francisco as seen from the Marin Headlands
The Other side of Marin Headlands.
The ultimate travel destination for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco. There’s no city like it anywhere.” Larry King
I have recently started to shoot the night sky and I am quite loving it. Having a nice foreground and the milky way over that foreground adds a lot drama to the image. Moreover, your audience gets to experience something unique and different. Its quite fascinating actually for both me and the person looking at that image. Its not your everyday photography subject, and historically human race has always been fascinated by the night sky and the stars.
It is not that difficult to shoot the night sky, just a few details to keep in mind:
a. Make sure obviously its dark/night
b. You are far away from the city, that causes a lot of light pollution and makes it difficult to photograph.
c. Carry a tripod. You will have min of 30 sec exposure. Can be less to depending on the situation
d. use a wide angle lens, rotate the lens till it is set to the “infinity” sign
e. set your ISO to minimum of 1500 and you can go upto around 6000
f. Depending on your ISO you can vary your shutter, its a hit and trial.
g. But how do you know where to aim the camera? There are a lot of apps out there. but if you are like me and don’t want to download, then just aim the camera at different angles to wards the sky till you find it. Generally takes 2-3 tries at the most. In my experience, I am generally able to see a faint white-ish/cloudy line in the sky. But that depends on your location. I made the images below in National Parks, where there is no light pollution, dust or anything to ruin the shot.
All you gotta do know is to press that shutter, Oh! you might need a cable release. ENJOY !!
To keep it simple the trick is to keep a long exposure. But that would work in low-light conditions so adjust the shutter accordingly. You cannot predict when the next lightning will strike and its so quick that you can’t keep your hand on the shutter and coincide your click with it. But what happens with the long exposure (10-30 sec or even in bulb mode) is that the shutter is open long enough to catch one if it strikes again in that 20-30 seconds. If you are lucky you can get multiple lightning strikes in that 1 exposure.
So go out, take some shots BUT REMEMBER to keep yourself safe, needless to say thunder storms and lightning can be very dangerous. As you can see I kept myself safe by not staying out for too long.. hence not too many of them.