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Nature and Seascape Photography is Full of Surprises

_MG_4795-2 Sunset at Pismo Pier

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In nature photography, you never really know what the conditions will be for a shoot.  You can plan and plan, but when it comes right down to it, you never know what the universe will hand you in terms of light.   The other night I headed for Pismo Beach thinking that, since I was in the area, it might be a chance for a great sunset.   When I arrived I was greeted with a rather drab sky and the sun about to set in 10 minutes.  I almost did not take equipment out of the car thinking it would be a waste of time.

I saw some surfers out in the water and thought maybe I could get a good sillhouette shot.  I proceeded to schlep my equipment down to the waters edge.  And as the sun was setting the most amazing sunset and colors happened.  All I could say was “Oh, My God, Oh, My God.”   When I saw the Christmas tree light up at the end of the pier, it turned out to be an exceptional day of shooting.  I am not sure where all the photographers were, but there was not another soul with a camera on the beach but myself.  Maybe they all thought it would be a drab sunset, too.

I took a lot of time exposures as it got darker and when the water finally started creeping up and covering the soles of my shoes I decided it was time to pack it up.  Am so grateful for a great night of shooting an awesome sunset on the California Central Coast.  Nature and seascape photography never ceases to amaze me.

_MG_4804-2 Christmas on Pismo Pier

_MG_4808-2 Christmas on Pismo Pier

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SHOOTING STAR TRAILS ON A STARRY NIGHT

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_MG_3361-2 Star Trails

I stayed up the other night until 2 a.m. hoping there would be a meteor shower from midnight to 2 a.m., as predicted – no such luck.  I did get lots of star trails, though, and had a great time with it.  If you have lots of time to spend, take your camera outside and shoot the stars.  I usually  set up the camera and go in and doing something else and set a timer for the exposure I want.   I do different times and settings to experiment until I achieve the image I want.

Star trails are really fun to do.  As I live in an area void of street lights, it is quite easy on a clear night to achieve star trails.   For these images, I used a 24 mm lens and focused on infinity.  Being dark, it is difficult to position the camera for the right composition.  If there is a tree in or rocks in the foreground, I will shine a flashlight on the foreground objects so I can get some idea of how to position the camera.  That usually works.  If it is too dark, then I do a quick test shot to find the right composition.

I  do a test shot for about 30 seconds – 1 minute to see if the composition will work.    From there I may do diffent exposures depending on how much time I have.  They are anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, normally.   Some star trail images can take many hours, but I am usually not that patient.

All you need to photograph star trails is a camera with lens that can do time exposures (put on ‘B’ or Bulb mode), a cable release or lockable shutter release, and a tripod.   Make sure that your batteries are fully charged so they will not drain during the exposure.  A very important accessory is a sturdy tripod that will not move with the wind which would cause the star trails to be uneven.

You can do short or long trails depending on what you want to achieve artistically.  You can also light paint the foreground with a flashlight.

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_MG_3357-2 Star Trails

The first image, 3361 was exposed for 18 minutes at 4.5 with ISO 400, 24 mm lens.  The above image, 3357, was exposed for 10 minutes at 4.5 with ISO 400, 24mm lens.

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_MG_3353-3 Star Trails

This image was  exposed for 24 minutes at 4.5, ISO 400, 24 mm lens

If you have never tried star trails, get your gear and start shooting.  If you are out camping, that is a great time to shoot the stars as the area will be void of lights except for the stars.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, GET OUT, EXPERIMENT, AND HAVE FUN…

KRCR TV report on Klamath Whales

If you click on the paddle boarder you can see a slide show of the whales..  Courtesy of … me of course!

http://www.krcrtv.com/news/28771898/detail.html?taf=cali.

Mama, Klamath River Whale in River Day 47 – Daily Whale Update 08/09/11

I am beginnning this blog with a poem written by  Mihael Kavanaugh, the gentleman who serenaded her with his flute a few weeks ago.  It is a poem that expresses all our hope that she will return to the sea soon.

The whale
She circle dances
To and fro
In the river flow
To the music notes
Of prayerful song
Her presence
We try to understand ….

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Flute Serenade to Mama, the Klamath River Whale

Something ancient
Yet, for modern man
The tide, tells of the sea
Just moments away
But she, is not ready
The chanting echoes
For her well being
The song too
Heart and melody
Hoping her wish is granted
And she returns
To sea, and family
©2011 Mihael Kavanaugh

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Gray Day for the Gray Whale in Klamath River

Many images of these beautiful mammals can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashala.
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