A morning spent – well spent – in one of my favorite places in L.A.: The Huntington Gardens. Spring is in evidence everywhere, flowers and trees in bloom, and everyone out enjoying a cold, sunny day after days of rain.
Pano of 32 images, taken with the Nikon Df and 85mm f1.8G lens.
Last week, on a windswept and rainy morning, I ventured forth along the Moonrise Trail. My trusty Df and 50mm came along, and in the wind and rain, we took 1000 images (ah, how I love digital! so good for excess!), working to create panoramas. Success and failure always await. So, here is one of a tree . . . more to come!
Another photo from the misty, moisty morning I climbed out of bed . . . . While the Galaxy S5 takes OK panos, I like the stitching-together process better. Here is a view of Mount Clef across the grasses of the small valley in Wildwood Park nearby my home. Today we expect 86F, and tomorrow 91F. I think I live in hell sometimes, even though it is very pretty! I am tired of this heat – ongoing heat – and dream of water falling from the sky.
A panorama . . . the original images have been printed and now await my attempt at a Hockney-like montage. It’s harder than I thought!
The top of a mountain, surrounded by mountains; sunset comes quickly and the light gathers, flares, and fades away.
Another view of Mono Lake take while hiking back from Parker Lake in the Eastern Sierras. This is a pano of about 20 images . . . but if you compare the sky in the upper left and upper right corners of the photo, you will notice serious color differentiations. The dividing line is the pine tree in the center, and then moving left (dark) to right (lighter).
I had my polarizer on the lens, but shifted it during the taking without realizing it. Problem! I think I’ll shoot next time without it. Still, I liked this well enough to post.
Sunday morning we went out for a hike in the local open space. The coastal ranges are beautiful right now because of the rains, so long missing from our climate, and returning because of El Nino. Yesterday’s photo was facing west; this is what lay behind me. A green and misty land, with a deep gorge to the right, a ridge to the left which, should I climb it, will bring me down into another valley. Spring!
BTW, this is another panorama, taken with 17 images and merged in LR 6.5. Gotta love the digital darkroom!
This young man was a distraction. Luckily he was distracted. I stood behind him and took two pictures, thinking if he held still long enough, I could make a pano. I was really close to him, and had an 85mm lens, so that would mean moving some distance to get his entire portrait. Fortunately, he stood still, and here is the result.
I still had my camera on bracketing when I started to do this panorama, and didn’t realize it until we had gotten back to the B&B. I’ve done some adjustments to make it look better. The fact is, it is not a great edit, but I am posting the picture because I think it shows the beauty of Montana de Oro State Park quite nicely – hills to the sea. See?
Every now and again it is fun to play with post . . . this is a pano of about 5 images.