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Point Reyes and the Galactic Core
I traveled out here to shoot the Galactic Core. I had high hopes that I could at least partly eliminate the ambient light from the bay area. Finding a "dark sky" anywhere in California is a real challenge. I picked a moonless night too. Alas, "true dark" was not to be. SF alone cast a heavy enough glow to make capture difficult and post-processing rather extreme. The Shots of the core are with extensive post-processing to highlight the core and eliminate what ambient light I could so that the core showed through. You can see that I used two themes in post-processing, one cool and one a bit warmer. I arrived here in late afternoon so I got some daylight shots in. This turned out to be a challenge too as the sun settled and until it got below the sparse cloud cover. It was casting some strange colors on my sensors. White balance and glare was a real bother. Again post-processing played a major roll in cleaning up those images. Image making isn't just a point and shoot project. On a not so perfect image making day, so much depends on how well you can manipulate the data your camera collects. Everything is there in the original image. You have to tweak it here and there to highlight the good and eliminate the bad as much as possible. This capacity to manipulate the data in post-processing is probably the most impactful property of digital photography. A couple of years later and my skills in Photoshop are greatly improved. This time through I have what I think are far superior images than when I first processed them back in 2018
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
Tamron: SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 | SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 | SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Point Reyes to Jenner by the Sea
This was one of those road trips I live for lately. It started out with high hopes but this was at the end of the fire season in 2018 and the smoke was horrific. Combine that with California's harsh midday sun and I had nothing but glare and haze. No matter what I did I couldn't make sense of the histogram and nothing looked good. By the end of the day though, the sunset was turning everything rosy and hope was restored. By the time I got to the River's End in Jenner, the images were looking magical. Once I got home and applied some Photoshop magic, I was able to recover almost 50 images to printable form.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Santa Cruz
Waves, seabirds, surfing...Santa Cruz has it all.
2018
Nikon D850 DSLR
AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
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