Japanese Maple Tree

 Maple Tree Leaves

Japanese maple tree is one of my favorite potted plants in the garden.

The tree’s delicate  leaves start out green and then turn into most incredible shades of purple-red;  the transformation is  a joy to admire and, of course, to photograph.

Trees. Image of Japanese maple tree.

I’m currently trying to conquer my new Canon 70-200 mm F/2.8 lens and, for the first time, I feel the equipment fighting back which took me completely by surprise.  After waiting for over a year to get this monster, I got completely intimidated the very first time I picked it up.  It is HEAVY!  3.28 pound in weight seemed like a bit much for me at first but, after seriously considering returning it,  I decided to suck it up, toughen up and find a way to make it work.

This maple tree image is  the product of my efforts and I have a feeling that it’s just the beginning of a very special relationship.

 

Kodak Ektachrome 100G Simulation

Exposure 5:   Kodak Ektachrome 100G Simulation

Today, I unintentionally told a lie: the words “no, this is pretty much out of the camera” left my lips and it was not until hours later that I realized that I was talking about a very different image then the one I was asked about. It was the puzzled look that I could not quite place and then it hit me as I set down to work on this image. Whoops.. .

I love to process just as much as I enjoy shooting and today I found a new favorite filter for a sunset scene: Kodak Ektachrome 100G simulation  filter which is part of the Exposure 5 package. Slightly modified to remove noise as the original had an ample amount due to 1600 ISO, it’s an instant preset. I kept wondering why this was “the one” and after a little poking around, I learned that this was the one used by National Geographic for years in low light situations.

Familiarity…. film nostalgia satisfied once again.

 

Brandt’s Cormorants

 Three Brandt’s Cormorants, Pismo Beach

I’m not a wildlife photographer but these three guys were just hard to resist.

Beautiful birds with a funny name.

Found a great article on California coastal birds and very much enjoyed reading about these guys, turns out we have a lot in common: we both like fish and squid.

Three birds

Sierra Nevada Flow

Sierra Nevada Series

I decided to go short and sweet.  This one made itself (with a little help).  I found out that the most important part of editing is not what you keep, those images are always visible, but what to take away.  I started with the center image and the rest just fell into place.

Sierra Nevada Flow

Fall Colors on Arroyo Trail

Red vine and green vine on a rock

This Way to the Water

Nature is unfailingly full of surprises.

As I’m looking for the way to descend down to the beach, I see…an arrow and then another. This way! With a couple of steps back, the angle is right and the composition just came together.

Unexpected, memorable, satisfying.

Image of a rock formation pointing to the water

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