Tree Burst

7 12 2010

In a previous post, I provided a photography tip. I suggested the importance of looking up and seeing what’s above your head. While visiting Muir Woods outside of San Francisco, I found a great opportunity to take my own advice. I used a wide-angle lens and created the HDR image seen below. The long lines formed by the tree trunks, the bright light of the sky, and the distant branches work together to create a fairly abstract image.

Muir Woods - Looking Up - Electric

A photo looking toward the sky at Muir Woods near San Francisco, CA.

For more photos from Muir Woods, please visit my Sights of San Francisco gallery.

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Golden Gate Bridge

5 12 2010

I’m just one in a long line of people that wanted to take photos of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  I had my first opportunity in early October when visiting the area with family. I didn’t take a lot of time to shoot the bridge, but did take a few minutes from a few different perspectives. While San Francisco didn’t offer much in the way of sunshine when near the bridge, I did have the opportunity to work with some good conditions. A couple of my favorite shots are posted below. Additional photos from my time in the San Francisco area can be seen in my Sights of San Francisco gallery.

Golden Gate Bridge and Fog - Color

The fog started to roll in around the bridge as I arrived with my camera.

Golden Gate Bridge with Wave

Baker Beach provided a unique perspective of the bridge with some active waves on the shore.

Golden Gate Bridge Long Exposure

Big waves are slowed down by a slower shutter speed.

Looking at the Golden Gate Bridge

A view of the bridge with a person viewing the bridge.

 





Views from Alcatraz Prison

4 12 2010

Alcatraz prison was far smaller than I imagined it to be.  And not nearly as remote as the stories of failed escape attempts would lead you to believe. While touring the former prison, I was able to capture two shots of views from inside the prison. The first is through a window looking out at activity on the water. The second photo (HDR) was taken in the yard; a view not likely to be seen by a prison inmate.

View from Inside Alcatraz

A view from inside Alcatraz looking through a dirty window frame.

 

This is a view from the Alcatraz yard into the bay.