This is a compilation of two recent shoots at Delvalle. There isn't much 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) was shot on 12/23/2020 on the lakeside of DelValle. The second set (675 to 737) was 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 fishermen, but we didn't get close. The blue-green algae are 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. Time had sufficiently healed my arm, so I gave it a test run, and all was good. I used the long lens to check how much I could endure, and it appears that I'm ready 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-around 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. By 11 pm, conditions hadn't changed. Neowise first made an appearance at about 9:20 pm, and It was behind the clouds. As soon as it went below the clouds, it was in a haze. We needed binoculars and scopes to find it in the sky. I could neither focus nor expose it properly on camera. I show two shots here just for the sake of saying I shot it. 😣 This experience makes me wonder how those incredible 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?