(You can click to see it larger on flickr. I’ll also post a large version to FB & 500px later)
I went to SF yesterday. It was pretty disappointing because of the fog. I was hoping for shots of the bridge at sunset, but gave up on that idea when it was socked in before 3pm. I ended up leaving the city and planned on just heading home, but I saw some fog crawling over a ridge and thought I’d pull off the freeway for a shot of it. For some reason, I decided I didn’t like the angle and ended up driving towards Half Moon Bay on 92, then cut across 35, which goes along a ridge line.
I saw some amazing pink light through the fog and nearly stopped, but kept going a little farther. I came around one turn and exited the fog to see this stunning view of the sunset. A few minutes later I noticed lightning striking in the same spot every minute or two. I spent about 20-30 minutes trying to catch one. Finally, with my neutral density filter on, I got one with a 2.5 second exposure. I also got one with 3 strikes, but at an 8 second exposure, they look a bit faint.
Shot with my Nikon D7000 and 18-55mm with a neutral density filter on a tripod. I used Topaz Denoise and Topaz Clarity along with lots of luminosity masks for the edit.
I’m actually disappointed with how this looks online. The version on my computer is way more…striking. 🙂
I’m thinking of giving this one away as a Facebook cover photo. What do you think?