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From the Pleasanton Ridge
These images were made from atop the Pleasanton Ridge in Augustin Bernal Park. A slightly different look at the Tri-Valley where Livermore is located. Pleasanton is our next door neighbor to the west. I tried to make the Plaque fully readable but my magic is not that advanced. ;~). It reads: "Reaching the trailhead the biker's shadow lengthens. Bird sounds seem clearer." NOTE (for the curious): The closeups of wildflowers and tree limbs here are not "Macro" photos, but more in line with "Intimate Landscapes". Macros are taken with a special lens that produces a 1:1 image of your subject without having to zoom in. In other words, the size of the subject in the image is the same as the subject's actually size. This lens is also called a "prime" lens. Primes have but one focal length. A Telephoto has a range of focal lengths. You zoom in and zoom out with a telephoto lens. My lenses for this camera are almost exclusively telephotos, and I used a telephoto for this shoot. You can add attachments called "extension tubes" to a Macro lens to get even closer to your subject. This is where those incredible close ups of bugs and such come from.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
To and From Mount Diablo
The drive from Livermore to Mount Diablo can be done on all back roads. I could easily have taken so much time getting there that it would have been too late to continue. The views from up top were very much worth it though, as you'll see. NOTE: The images of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge are from between 30 to 40 miles away.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2-Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2-Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
Shadow Cliffs #?
Shadow Cliffs #970 to #1253. The rosy glow of a California summer sunrise always adds drama to a landscape. Add to that the residents of the park and you have a really nice shoot. From a Cormorant waking, to a baby Heron calling for momma and then feeding from her, to a Caspian Tern fishing his heart out and a Red Winged Blackbird calling to his mate, There is no better wayt o start a day for a photographer.
2020
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Tamron 1.4 x Teleconverter
Livermore #3
Livermore #270 to #309 Great and small, Livermore's beauty shines through on all levels.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Livermore #1
Livermore # 1 to #143 Sundown around Livermore.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Holdener Park
There is so much to enjoy here in Livermore. This is another great park in the LARPD stable.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Del Valle #1
Del Valle #1 to #92. Sunrise from the top of the hill on Del Valle Road.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Del Valle #3
Del Valle #207 to #297 Del Valle Regional Park at the beginning of the rainy season.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Brushy Peak #2
Brushy Peak #108 to #201
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Brushy Peak #1
Brushy Peak #001 to #107 A local Park with great hiking trails.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Bidwell-Sacramento River State Park
We took a trip to Chico in 2018 at the time of the Camp Fire. With all the smoke I didn't expect much, but even in desperate times, Mother Nature's beauty shines through.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
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