Photo: I live near the coast. Because of this, I have the luxury of weather watching and making last minute decisions as to whether I go out or not.

But sometimes, I realize this is lazy approach. Skills such as honing your eye for composition needs to be kept sharp. I recently went through one of my "lazy" spells, and didn't go out much in March and April.

Maybe I was waiting for my new camera, the #Nikon #D800 to arrive. :)

I got my new body on Friday and randomly met up with photographer +Brian Rueb . He showed me his new +fstop bag, and we proceeded to make the most of a cloudless sky. Speaking of cloudless skies and cherry-picking my days to go out shooting, I rarely would go out in such conditions, but the new camera needed a work out.

So what does one do with a cloudless sky? One option is to make sure your foreground is as compelling as possible. I tried my best by using the rock formations and receding water to pull the viewer's eye into the frame.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm @ 14mm
0.5 sec, f10, ISO 200
LEE .9 and .6 Soft GND filters in SW150 holder

#PlusPhotoExtract by +Jarek Klimek
Photo: If all sunsets were colorful, would we long for more subtle ones?

Along the California coast, vivid sunsets don't happen every evening. In fact, they rarely happen. But, that does not mean an evening is wasted if the light isn't great. Scouting locations to gather knowledge of the area is very important in landscape photography. Then, when the conditions align, you know where to go.

Ansel Adams has a great quote: "A good photograph is knowing where to stand." Or something like that. :)

Prints: http://goo.gl/oaGXN
Workshop: http://goo.gl/7oSZC

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
0.6 sec, f11, ISO 200
LEE .6 Soft GND
Singh-Ray 3-stop reverse GND

#sunsetsaturday  #landscapephotography #SantaCruz 
#plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
Photo: Last spring, +Joshua Cripps and I searched the coast looking for a place to photograph sunset. The strong winds up north near Pescadero were just too much. Swirls of sea foam blew in the air so we retreated back to one of our favorite locations, Panther Beach. This rocky shelf was simply glowing and I couldn't resist including it as a major part of my composition. Gigantic waves were exploding easily 20' in the air. Truly a beautiful evening along the coast!
Photo: In the midst of packing for a small 1-day art show in Capitola, I still find time to post to Google+! :)

Capitola is a quaint little tourist town with plenty of nice restaurants. A sustainable fisheries sushi restaurant just opened up and my dad and I tried it out after my last art show here. It was pretty good, albeit it a little slow on the service. Since Unagi is considered one of the fish you need to avoid (I think due to the farming practices), they had a substitute they called ooo-nagi. It is a catfish that they broil and flavor similar to Unagi. Good stuff!

And the shot: this is one of those intense winter sunrises along the coast. There was one other person on the rocks besides me who was just hanging out. I remember asking him about 20 minutes before this image "so, you think this sunrise is going to be any good?". He replied "We'll see!

As the light in the sky ignited, I recall looking over my shoulder to see him snapping photos with his cell phone. :)

If you happen to be in Capitola today, come by and say "hi". I'll be there from 11am-6pm.
Photo: About 1 year after my last upload, I made this image about 40-50 feet from the previous image. Once again, Captiola gets some good light at sunrise. I chose a simple composition to highlight the diagonal cloud formation and timed my exposures with the incoming waves.

My usual filter set-up for images where I shoot directly into the sun includes a Singh-Ray 3-stop reverse grad and generally another soft grad stacked in front, often between 2-3 stops.

The funny, but sad, part of this morning is that I had accidentally left my camera in JPG mode and basic quality. It was still full resolution, but I had to work with a fairly compressed already JPG in my editing. Luckily most everything, including my custom white balance, looked good right out of the camera.
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Last spring, +Joshua Cripps and I searched the coast looking for a place to photograph sunset. The strong winds up north near Pescadero were just too much. Swirls of sea foam blew in the air so we retreated back to one of our favorite locations, Panther Beach. This rocky shelf was simply glowing and I couldn't resist including it as a major part of my composition. Gigantic waves were exploding easily 20' in the air. Truly a beautiful evening along the coast!
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