I finally took time for myself Saturday to go exploring. I had a hard time choosing between Napa, Tahoe, and Big Sur, but in the end, I drove up the coast north of SF. From SF to Humboldt county is the only stretch of coastline on the west coast that I haven’t driven before. I didn’t make it all the way to Humboldt, but I saw a lot that I hadn’t seen before.
I think one of the things photography can help with is learning to trust your intuition. Sometimes, while driving, I get a hunch or something tells me to pull over or turn somewhere, even if I’m unfamiliar with the area. That’s what brought me to Inverness, where this photo was taken. At the last second, I was compelled to turn instead of continuing up the coast. I was rewarded with this old ship and some great views of wetlands.
At first, I just sat, enjoying the view and eating a snack. The sky was clear blue…and boring. The photo I wanted to create needed some clouds or fog add another element of interest. Behind me, I could see fog spilling over the mountain rather quickly. I dropped my food and grabbed my gear, because I knew the sky could change quickly.
As I was out shooting different angles with my iPro lenses, I accidentally got within 12 feet of a hawk that had a good sized bird in its talons. It was still thrashing and trying to get free…unsuccessfully, might I add. That was amazing to see so up close. Figures it would happen while my Nikon is in the shop! I tried to use my iPro telephoto lens, but the image quality wasn’t very good because I also used digital zoom to get as tight as possible.
Shot with ProHDR using an iPro super wide angle lens. Snapseed for the edit.
Edit to add the hawk pics. The first one is with the iPro telephoto, no digital zoom, and no edit. The second is with the iPro lens, digital zoom, and a quick edit to try and bring some detail back (not happening.)