Landscape Photos

Oakland, CA

The dense redwood forest of the aptly named Redwood Regional Park is where Jenn and I went for our January hike. Neither of us had been there before, but it was close by and looked like it offered some decent hiking trails. The walk along the creek trail was quite easy, and even paved for part of the way.

This image of one of the many redwood trees standing against the sun creates a very surreal scene within the forest in the early afternoon. Even though the sun had been out for quite some time, it was at this moment when it finally pierced the veil of cloud and tree cover. Perfect timing as we had stopped to have a bit of a break after our descent from the ridge above. Continue reading

Santa Cruz, California

Walking along the foot bridges and trails around the Natural Bridges State Park, just north of Santa Cruz, in early spring. The place is teeming with floral growth and Calla Lilys are in abundance.

This particular Calla Lily, however, managed to grow away from the rest of the pack in some dense foliage just off to the side of the path. And, even though the sun was shining, the light was filtered out quite a bit from the tree canopy above.

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San Leandro, CA

This past Friday was a great day for a little hike! I went out to Lake Chabot with Jenn around 9am and we explored a few of the trails around the lake. The weather was brisk in the morning with some low cloud cover that quickly thinned out to offer up some great lighting in the underbrush along the trail.

With the winter season fast approaching, the ground cover was rich with the vibrant colors of the fall leaves. And, despite the lengthy drought, there was a thick blanket of moss on the rocks and tree roots. One such spot along the trail offered up this view with the parting clouds letting through the bright sun behind the trees.

Nikon D300 w/Nikkor 18-70mm G: 18mm, f/3.5, 1/40sec, ISO 400

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Novato, California

The small cascade that makes up the middle portion of Pacheco Creek Falls is lined with brilliant emerald moss. As the water trickles down in the early spring the entire scene is sublime and peaceful. The small pool at the bottom not much bigger than a puddle at the moment.

The Pacheco Creek trailhead is located in south Novato at the terminus of Pacheco Creek Drive and offers a moderate but short hike to the base of the falls. A goat trail continues up the valley, but is quite steep and slips can happen easily.

Nikon D300 w/Nikkor 18-70mm G 18mm, f/11, 0.8sec, ISO 100

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Novato, California

After a good Easter dinner with the family, I went out in the yard for some more night sky images. This time using my 50mm prime lens for the wider aperture and putting my plum tree at the bottom of the frame to have a grounding element.

The tree seems to be reaching for the stars as it stretches up past the light pollution lower in the sky and the longer shutter speed managed to capture a few shooting stars passing through the atmosphere.

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Novato, California

Took this a while back when I was testing my manual lens and have been playing with the image for a while. I like the movement in the clouds that resulted from the longer exposure time. My first thought when starting the edit process of this was that it looked like passing spirits in the sky, and I continued that thought and theme when doing the various edits required to get this end result.

No pre-set filters, just some manual adjustments to exposure and hue in select areas. The cloud/tree was lit by street lights and I quite like the erie color.

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Novato, California

April 15th, 2014, the evening haze that had been lingering for hours as the full lunar eclipse, or Blood Moon, began finally cleared up at about midnight. I got my gear ready and set up shop in my back yard for about an hour until I finally got this image at about 12:45am PDT.

I just love witnessing these full lunar eclipses and the resulting images scattred about the internet. Such a mind boggle to think that so many people were all looking at the same thing for a period of time tonight, and it wasn’t a TV or computer screen!

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Novato, California

Pacheco Valley, located on the southern end of Novato offers up a short nature hike at the terminus of Pacheco Creek Drive. The trail to the lower falls is well maintained and easy to navigate but becomes quite steep and narrow going above the lower falls.

This image was taken just above the lower falls, which had a bit too much overgrowth for a decent image after the heavy rainfall this past month. As with most of the Marin County waterfalls, Pacheco Creek Falls are heavily reliant on sustained rainfall and we’ve been lucky recently with a couple storm systems rolling through town.

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Novato, California

A nice early spring blossoming of the plum trees here in Novato, CA. Its a very magical time of the year that lasts about a week when the numerous plum and cherry plum trees are filled with beautiful white and pinkish blossoms.

Today was the perfect day to get some shots of these spring time blossoms with a light cloud cover adding in some drama to the sky. Took this one in my back yard with my trusty (and heavy) manual AiS lens.

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Novato, California

Spring seems to be upon us here in Marin County despite the forecast for a nasty storm coming this week! I took the opportunity to capture the plum blossoms out in the back yard before they blanket the ground and are gone for another year.

I decided this was a prime opportunity to use my old 35-70mm f/3.5 AiS manual focus lens as the minimum focus distance is extreemly short, 0.35 meters to be exact! The result is a nice sharp foreground and a background that is just bursting with color and that nice out-of-focus bokeh.

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