Archive for Landscape

Sunset Shot from DLWS

Posted in Equipment, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on January 27, 2010 by projectxo

I got this sunset picture while waiting for the lights to turn on at golden gate bridge.  It was shot with a Singh-Ray blue and gold polarizer; this is a neat little filter that turns your picture either gold or blue depending on how you turn the filter.  Again, I believe it was 1 or 2 stops under exposed for drama.

Golden Sunset over SF Bay

Golden Sunset over SF Bay


DLWS Day 3 PM Shoot – Golden Gate Bridge

Posted in Equipment, Lighting, Travel with tags , , , on January 27, 2010 by projectxo

For the final shoot of the workshop, we went to SF Marine Headlands for GGB’s night shot.  It’s actually really easy to do.  2 stop under exposed with camera on tripod.  The key is to wait for the perfect moment where the ambient balances the lights from the bridge and the cars.  Personal taste.

Golden Gate Bridge Sunset

Golden Gate Bridge Sunset

DLWS Day 3 AM Shoot – Muir Woods

Posted in Equipment, Post-Processing, Travel with tags , , , on January 24, 2010 by projectxo

We got a break on day 3.  We got to wake up late – 6AM.  The destination s Muir Woods to get some forest scenes.  I found this little creek with flowing water and spent most of the time trying to get a sharp picture.  The problem is, I was shooting from a wooden bridge.  Every time someone walks by, the tripod shakes!

This is actually not a tricky shot:

– Wide angle lens.  So any aperture will get good depth of field.

– Polarizer.  Used to get rid of the reflections on the water.

– Slow shutter speed to bring out the white water.

Creek at Muir Woods

Creek at Muir Woods

Golden Gate Bridge at Night

Posted in Equipment, Personal with tags , , on January 20, 2010 by projectxo

This is from the 2nd day at DLWS San Francisco.  The location is Ft. Point, Presidio.  Sky was really cloudy so before sunset, there was nothing interesting except surfers breaking the waves in the freezing water.  The light on the bridge turned on as we were packing up to go.  I have to move really close to the fence to get a good frame of the south tower and the reflections on the water.

– Shot with aperture priority mode @ 3.5.  I used a relatively wide angle lens so there is enough depth of field at 3.5.  Otherwise, I would have to bump it up to 5.6 or more.

– Camera picked shutter speed at 1/30.  I believe I had it set to 2 stop under exposed to make it dark.  Camera was sitting on a tripod to reduce camera shake.

– White balance was set to auto.

Golden Gate Bridge from Ft. Point, Presidio

Golden Gate Bridge from Ft. Point, Presidio

Happy New Year… 2010!

Posted in Personal, Travel with tags on January 19, 2010 by projectxo

Wow!  I am so lazy.  It’s been a year since I last wrote.  I missed out telling you all on so many exciting shoots last year.   But, first things first.  Last week, I went to Digital Landscape Workshop Series taught by one of my favorite photographers – Joe McNally.  Learned so much about landscape photography!  Here are the tricks!

– Sunrise and sunset.  Everything else in between is just a waste of time.

– Always underexpose.  Try -1 or -2 stops.

Here is a picture from the 1st day sunrise.  I believe I shot it 2 stops under exposed.  Why?  The camera tries to expose your picture to 18% gray.  So if you leave it to the camera, the picture will be much brighter than what you see at sunrise!.  Second, under exposed picture has more colors.

Go give it a try!


Aperture Priority. 2 stop under-expose.