In April I could see a storm front approaching in the weather forecast. Daytime high temperatures would drop into the 80s. So I threw my camera and camping gear into the car, and headed to the park with a list of the sites I wanted to explore or revisit next, to deliver in the app.
I hiked to a natural bridge, and enjoyed great views with sunlight streaming through clouds. I explored an old mining town site, and found wildflowers thriving at higher elevations than on past visits. Two jets saw me with my camera on the edge of a canyon, and they took two passes each way, angling sharply up right in front of me so I could get a great shot. On one evening, I caught a sandstorm over Mesquite Flat Dunes, back-lit with golden sunlight by the setting sun.
On the way home, sunset light was lighting up rain showers at MonoLake. It was an eventful and productive trip. I can't wait to return!
#landscapephotography #deathvalley #California
This is an image of the Venus transit of the sun, June 5, 2012. The planet Mercury will cross in front of the sun as seen from earth on May 9, 2016. A solar filter can be used to photograph this event safely. I've added notes on capturing this sort of event on my blog:
#astrophotography #teamcanon #solar #transit #Mercury
I've always found wine tastings to be a great way to find great wines. I've attended ones focused on zinfandal, pinot noir, Rhone varietal wines, but somehow I missed until now : http://thechardonnaysymposium.com/ They're having a drawing for a $5000 getaway including the event, so if you like wine, click on the image below to enter.
#winetasting #chardonnay #VisitCA #VisitSLO
The Hospice du Rhone wine testing event coming up in 11 days will be held in Paso Robles, convenient to wine lovers in both Northern and Southern California. I've attended multiple Rhone Rangers and Hospice du Rhone wine tasting events in the past, so I can help you decide where to start among the 239 wineries from around the world that will be pouring wines made from syrah, grenache, viognier, and other Rhone varietal grapes:
On your way to and from the event, consider checking out the wildflowers blooming profusely now at Carrizo Plain National Monument and in the Figueroa Mountain Recreation Area!
#wine #winetasting #pasorobles #california #visitca
The last warm light of the setting sun shines through a natural bridge on the Big Sur coast.
#landscapephotography #bigsur #California
In addition to getting cool photos of jets up close, you might also catch the formation of water condensing on the wings and trailing off of the wingtips:
"Condensation of water vapor in wing tip vortices is most common on aircraft flying at high angles of attack, such as fighter aircraft in high g maneuvers, or airliners taking off and landing on humid days." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingtip_vortices
Full post: http://www.jeffsullivanphotography.com/blog/2016/04/20/photograph-jets-up-close-in-death-valley/
#aviationphotography #ANG #144FW #NationalGuard #AirForce
Shell Creek Road is another place worth checking on a Southern California wildflower tour in April. It's southeast of the town of Paso Robles. It's covered on page 177 of my guidebook, "Photographing California Vol 2- South":
#california #landscapephotography #pasorobles
Moving on from Picasa
Friday, February 12, 2016 10:00 AM
"Since the launch of Google Photos, we’ve had a lot of questions around what this means for the future of Picasa. After much thought and consideration, we’ve decided to retire Picasa over the coming months in order to focus entirely on a single photo service in Google Photos"
You would do much better asking questions about photos in the Google Photos Product Forum (https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!forum/photos) because that is where you will find the Google Photos experts since the photos function was moved out of Google+.
One of my favorite road trips ever was a tour of California Wildflowers sites in the spring, five years ago today: http://activesole.blogspot.com/2016/04/california-spring-wildflower-sites-April.html
I looked up some photos from that trip to decide whether I should follow the same route again this week. On my blog I display a few of those newly post-processed photos, and discuss yesterday's wildflower report from the Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve.
#california #wildflowers #landscapephotography #visitca
- Jeff Sullivan PhotographyAuthor, Photographer, Guide/Workshop Instructor, present
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I'm an award-winning landscape and night photographer, workshop instructor, and author. I have been exploring the American West for four decades. I entered a career in digital imaging over three decades ago in the Graphic Printing and Imaging Division at Tektronix. I've used digital cameras close to 15 years. I am an avid traveler and prolific photographer, sharing new work daily for the past 10 years (as Internet availability allows, as I travel).
For the past five years, I have been recording my favorite 300+ locations in California from Yosemite to San Diego, to share them with you in my new book, "Photographing California Vol. 2 - South", now available in bookstores, on Amazon.com and via my blog.
I've been leading night photography workshops in Bodie State Historic Park since 2012, and in 2013 I added Yosemite, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra. I'll be offering a wide range of workshops in 2016; contact me for the latest schedule.
Thank you for taking a look at my photography. Living so close to Yosemite and Death Valley here in the Eastern Sierra, I can't wait to show you what I've discovered lately!
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JeffSullPhoto also @JeffSullPhoto on the Periscope app
Sample Awards, Publishing Credits & Media Coverage:
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 (People and Space category):
Outdoor Photographer Magazine cover, October 2011:
Location International 2015 cover
Photo of the Year 2006 & 2007 MyParkPhotos.com
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