cityscape

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"Fire in the Sky" Capturing a burning sunrise in Valencia CA

The mornings in southern California are lit with amazing sunrises that set the sky ablaze during the months leading up to the fall and winter.  On August 6, 2015 at 5:57am as I got closer to work I was welcomed with this.  A sunrise off in the horizon behind some of the towering power lines that can be found in the city of Valencia.  The suns light reached across the morning sky and cast a warm tone to the lingering clouds.

When shooting sunsets I usually set up my tripod and compose my shot well ahead of time.  Sunrises however are completely different.  Working early mornings has me arriving at work around the time the sun is rising.  This leaves little to no time to set up a tripod or even compose a shot.  For this photo I had left my camera attached to my tripod because of the previous mornings sunrises.  Once I pulled over and made my way to this location I dropped the legs and used my 18-55mm kit lens.  Composing the power lines off to the lower right I took a few bracketed images so that I could merge them into HDR photos later.  Once I felt confident that I captured the scene I took a couple more with my 35mm and 50mm prime lenses.

With the month of July rapidly coming to an end I am anticipating this years sunrises and look forward to capturing some more great mornings in Valencia.

How about you. Do you enjoy any sunrises or sunsets? Also if you are a local to the Valencia or Santa Clarita area what is your favorite place to watch a sunset or sunrise? Let me know in the comment section below If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

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Some of the steps I take when editing my sunset photos.

Ignited with the final light of the setting sun. The sky was set ablaze with color.  For the past week the sky has been alive with color.  While busy with work and errands I make time at the end of the day to stop whatever it is I am doing to watch the setting sun.  Each one is different from the last.

When I shoot a sunset I lean more toward editing with the foreground in shadow rather than going with the HDR look.  I feel It helps draw the attention toward the main focus of the image.  Also I will add a subtle vignette to the edges and finish with a graduated filter in Lightroom at the top to give the sky a cooler feeling as your view draws further from the setting sun.

I took this photo with my 85mm prime as ISO 400, f/4.0, and 1/250sec.

How do you edit your sunset photos? Do you prefer the HDR look or having the foreground in shadow?. Let me know in the comment section below. Also If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Little Planet In the Park

"Sunsets in the Park" as apart of a little planet series I worked on a while back.

Shortly after moving to southern California from the central coast I received an email from an old co worker. He isn't the social networking type. To be honest he only recently upgraded his flip phone for a smart phone. He lived down in southern California for years before our paths crossed in the city of Santa Maria. I have asked him about places to go and things to photograph out this way. For me growing up on the central coast I could point my car in any direction to find beautiful landscapes, old towns, stunning beaches, and ocean life. I can't say I have found the same beauty here as of yet. Granted there are plenty of beaches, grand cityscapes, and tons of interesting places to exploring each day. In my friends email reply he encouraged me to "Take the common, and look at it differently." In the past whenever I lived somewhere new I kept to a routine until I felt comfortable enough to venture out and see my surrounding areas. I would go to the same market, gas station, and drive the same roads to work. After reading his email I decided to brake from my norm. I try to take a different route home (if traffic is within reason), go out to a different market each weekend, and explore new places. Looking at the common, differently.

How about you? What are some of your favorite things to photograph? Have you ever moved to a new area and explored new and interesting places? Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

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Whenever I make a trip to the central coast I make it a point to visit SLO at least once.

Railroad Square

Railroad Square

After a long drive out the night before I was not too happy to get up before the sun.  But on this trip I made it a point to visit key locations, and my visit was short. When I arrived I set up my tripod, composed my shot and took 5 photos at different exposures.  I did this so that I could stitch them together in Lightroom and have an HDR image.  An HDR (high dynamic range) photo would give me a huge range of detail to use in the shadows and the highlights. I shot this photo at 18mm, f/16, with an ISO set to 400.

Have you ever shot an HDR photo?  How did your photo come out?  Let me know in the comment section. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above.

Warner Center Architecture Photography

I've been combing through old photos to compare them with my more current work. Photographs like a lot of artistic mediums is something that continues to evolve and change. Moving my focus from finding composition I am starting to study color theory and how to fold that into my editing style.

Sunset and the City

Sunset and the City