I often take a walk during my lunch break at work, although these days that’s only 30 minutes long. It’s not enough time to go anywhere interesting, so I walk in the industrial area that I work in. You’d think that it would get pretty boring and uninteresting, however, there is always something new and interesting to see. I always take my camera along and snap a few shots. Most of them aren’t too exciting, but they’re a reminder to me of things that I’ve seen along my walks.
Leaves in Sack
Now that it’s October and autumn, the leaves are changing color. It seems that they’re not as bright as they were last year at this time so I haven’t been taking very many pictures of them. However, I came across this pile of leaves that a gardener was raking up as I walked “out” on my lunchbreak. When I came back he had them gathered in a sack. I had been shooting in flourescent light with an ISO of 800 the night before and didn’t realize I hadn’t changed my camera settings until almost done with my walk. So I didn’t use the settings I should have, but I still kind of like these shots.
Sunset over Fremont
Tonight’s sunset was unlike any I can remember seeing. The sky to the east was a gorgeous, deep pink, much more than usual. Then the clouds lit up pink. Then the clouds in the west lit up golden. I don’t usually shoot pictures from the car (while driving), but I admit that I couldn’t resist snapping a few shots by holding the camera in the approximate direction. I did get some shots that show the color, but of course, they’re all a bit out of focus. (The autofocus on my 50mm lens doesn’t work anymore.)
Sunset and Moon
The first photo above shows the colors of the clouds and sky over the hills above Fremont. This is looking east! I noticed the moon was showing faintly through the clouds, so I pointed the camera up at it and got this second picture. This may be my next desktop photo. The last (blurry) shot shows some of the golden color in the clouds looking more west.
If I hadn’t been on my way to San Jose for my class, I would have pulled over and spent some quality time with this quality sunset. The colors were really extraordinary. I suppose they may have been affected by smoke from the fire that’s currently burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains, not far away to the southwest.
I just came back from a wonderful weekend spent out at the tip of Point Reyes. The seminar on night photography was led by Harold Davis, who has been photographing in the night for years. His amazing photos can be seen on his blog or his night photography website. The weekend started Friday night with a hike out to Chimney Rock to set up cameras and start making long exposures. We could barely see a strip of light off in the distance, which was San Francisco. Since there wasn’t much else out there, pictures weren’t too exciting. We experimented and learned to fiddle with the settings in the darkness, though.
Drakes Beach at Night from Chimney Rock
I had my small timer with me and used it to time some exposures. At one point, I was waiting for it to go off after about 9 minutes and finally decided it wasn’t running (I couldn’t tell in the dark) so I closed my shutter. I actually got a picture that was visible on my small preview screen. It turned out the exposure was over 23 minutes long (at f/4)! That turned out to be my best picture from out there. Although it’s really not very exciting (and a little fuzzy), I was happy to get it. This shot is looking east towards Drake’s Beach and the bright light is at the beach, I believe. Some of the light on the clouds are reflected car lights or town lights in the distance.
Old Coast Guard Boathouse
We stayed at the historic Coast Guard Boathouse and on the way back most of us set our cameras up to shoot the building from the bluff above it. The outside light was a bit too bright compared to the other lights, however, I decided I liked the circular flare that it made in this picture. In the upper left you can also see the light from one of the participants as they headed down the road toward the building. (This exposure was only 45 seconds long at f/5.6.)
A few more shots to come tomorrow, I hope…