A view of UTC / La Jolla from the top of Mt. Soledad. The very first post on this wordpress.com photoblog was a panoramic view of San Diego from the same spot, so I thought it was only fitting that the last entry should be were it al started but looking 180 degrees the other way 🙂 Starting tomorrow I’ll be posting from my self-hosted blog (http://www.2riversphotos.com)
This is another image from the night of the power outage in San Diego back in September. I was just trying some 30 second exposures in the middle of the street and this really happened by accident. For the entire exposure not a single car came by the right lanes, which created a pleasing natural lighting effect, at least to me 🙂
This is from the night of the power outage in Southern California, known as powergeddon. As you can see the Hyatt had some emergency power to their facility as that was the only place that had electricity that night, besides the Medical center which is very understandable and expected 🙂 Its interesting to note that you can do the sunburst effect with the moon also, one thing that a lot of beginners confuse about the moon is exposure. The moon is lit by the sun and it appears as if its own light source and you need to treat it as such, many beginners try a long exposure technique with the moon and they’ll just end up with a blown disc that lacks any details!
This long exposure was taken at Torrey Pines State Reserve overlooking Torrey Pines Rd. I took this shot just past sunset, which is one of the few times that you can have the streaking effect with a well lit scene without the use of any ND (Neutral Density) filters. The long shutter speed allows enough ambient light to register on the sensor to produce a normally lit scene while all the moving objects (cars) create the streaking effect.
Even though I wasn’t really going for it, I really like how the Marine layer effect was captured. If you look at the cliffs on the right, that haze is a Marine layer, which is caused by warm air hitting the cool ocean surface. Marine Layers are much closer to sea level (only a few feet high), in person they are a lot easier to tell from a cloud.