This is a compilation of two recent shoots at Delvalle. There isn't a lot of wildlife hanging about at this time of year, so I primarily shot landscapes. There are several Panoramas in this set. From 5 to 10 images stitched together. These are fun to plan, shoot and then process. The results can be great to meh. The first set (588-PANO to 670) were shot on 12/23/2020 on the lake side of DelValle. The second set (675 to 737) were shot on 12/27/2020 on the dam side of DelValle.
This was another successful test of arm strength with the long lens. I lasted for a two hour hike along the East Shore Trail, all the way to Venados Camp. The girls and I had a good time with the park nearly empty. We ran into one other couple on the trail. Of course there were a bunch of fisherman, but we didn't get close. The blue-green algae is in full bloom, so no water time for the dogs this trip.
We caught a very persistent Pelican fishing, and a Caspian Tern doing the same.
Of course there's always the gorgeous hills. Fall comes late to the valley.
This happily was my first shoot since July. The arm was healed sufficiently enough for me to give it a test run, and all was good. I used the long lens to check how much I could endure and it appears I'm cleared for an all day shoot with a smaller lighter lens. YAY! This Saturday I'm going Railroading.
I caught Coots, Pelicans, ducks, crows, egrets, a gull, some deadwood, a molting buck, a rock sculpture, and Vultures this go round. An all round nice short shoot.
This was my first 2020 shoot in DelValle. The main entrance was closed by now so this was made on the Arroyo Road side. The dogs like it here too, but the coyotes are more prevalent, so I have to stay on top of things and keep them out of trouble.
I made the trip up to the summit of DelValle Road intending to shoot Neowise. As you can see in the images of Mt. Diablo, there was a haze up to a few thousand feet and light clouds above that. Those conditions didn't change through to about 11pm at which time the comet wasn't visible at all because by then the fog was coming in too. When Neowise first made it's appearance at about 920pm, it was behind the clouds. As soon as it came below the clouds it was in the haze. We needed binoculars and scopes just to find it in the sky. I could neither focus nor expose it properly in camera. I show two shots here just for the sake of saying I shot it. 😣 This experience makes me wonder how those awesome shots we see on the web were made. What gear was used? Did they use a telescope with a camera attached? Somehow, I can't imagine my shots being anything like those even if it were clear, but...who knows. If I'm around when it comes back in 7000 years, we'll see. 🙄 Not one to waste a shoot, I did capture more of the valley's glorious views. Even when brown, our hills are magical, and who doesn't like moon shots?