It’s been a challenging 8 days for me. I worked 6 24 hour shifts and one 20 hour shift in that short span. Needless to say, I’m feeling overworked and stressed. My eyes have been twitching for about 2 weeks now. I’m ready to go seek peace out in places like you see in the photo from Slacker Hill in SF.
Lucky for me, my aunt has been generous enough to get me a hotel room in Monterey for the rest of the week, so I can try to relax. I already know I’m going to be out shooting sunrises and sunsets in nearby Big Sur and Carmel. Maybe I’ll even get a glimpse of the milky way.
After a few days on the Big Sur coast, I’ll be heading south to the Pismo area for some family time, and probably more photos. Hopefully I return recharged. I just have to hang in there for a few more months before I leave the bay area…hopefully for good this time.
Shot with VividHDR. Though the first attempt of using VividHDR minutes before yielded terrible results, this one turned out pretty good. The first few shots had terrible blends where there were dark pixels around the sun, where they shouldn’t have been. I still don’t trust you VividHDR! This image was edited with Snapseed and Litely.
For day 2 we decided to get up for sunrise because A) we both traveled pretty far to get to Joshua Tree and B) our sunset got snowed out the night before. Yes, we got snowed on in the desert. It was surreal.
We all got up around 4:30am to catch the sunrise at a spot I saw on the map the day before. It said there were views of the Salton Sea and even Mexico on a clear day. It certainly didn’t disappoint. The view was awesome and it was incredibly peaceful even as two photographers ran back and forth, shooting at a furious pace.
For all you travelers out there, I don’t recommend getting up that early when you have a 7 hour drive ahead of you. Having said that, I think I would still do it again haha.
I shot this with TrueHDR, but it looked nasty, so I cropped out the sky. Sometimes HDR just doesn’t work. I edited with Snapseed as I usually do.
This was shot on the California side of the OR-CA border. Behind me was the amazing view of Mt. Shasta and the valley, but it was really hazy and the sun wasn’t in a good position. This view wasn’t bad, but didn’t compare to the shot behind me.
Shot with camera+. Edited with Snapseed, ShockMyPic, and ImageBlender. After using ShockMyPic, I used ImageBlender to lower the opacity of the shocked version on top of the Snapseed version, making for a slightly more subtle shock.
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Back on the road again today with a 10 hour drive ahead of me. I’m heading back to California for a few weeks to figure out whats going on with my health. The timing kind of sucks because I was just about to set up 2 or 3 portrait sessions here.
If I see anything amazing from the road today I’ll post from my phone to keep me from becoming too bored.
Yesterday I went exploring southern Oregon between Ashland and Klamath Falls. There are a lot of lakes in the mountains here. Tons of trails and dirt roads too. My little SVT Focus probably isn’t too happy that we were offroading yesterday. Its slightly lowered with low profile tires.
A friendly redneck came up to me and told me I need to get me a truck and a gun. After he patted his pistol in his pocket a few times, he started asking me about my camera, and I thought for sure I was about to lose my camera haha. Turns out he was a really nice guy. He also told me about some mountain lakes and trails I need to check out. I should talk to more locals about places a photographer needs to go.
The top photo was shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed. The one below was shot with camera+ and I used the clarity slider, which I’m not sure I like now. The second version of that shot was edited with ShockMyPic. You can see the difference in the clouds.
I think this is what you might picture when you think of Highway 1 in California. The ocean off to one side, some rolling mountains, and poppies growing along the roadside. It’s really not like this the whole stretch, but I did manage to find a spot with the poppies growing out of control.
I saw some odd things while on the road the other day. Three separate times, I saw someone peeing out in the open, including a woman who was probably 50-60 years old. No bush or car used for cover. Maybe she was unaware of the bathroom that was maybe a 3 minute walk away. Or, maybe I was in hippie territory. Yes, the Big Sur area has lots of
dirty hippies unique individuals.
At this spot, there was someone down by the bluff either painting or shooting with a tripod. I couldn’t tell because it was so far away. Whatever he was doing, was really pumping him up. I heard him scream, while throwing his fists in the air, at the ocean several times as some waves crashed against the rocks.
idiot gentleman was riding his bike in the middle of traffic, weaving back and forth between both lanes, seemingly trying to aggravate tourists. I saw him 3 different times throughout the day, and he was doing the same thing each time.
Don’t let the weirdos discourage you from visiting though. They make for some good stories.
Yesterday was a challenging day and by the time the golden hour started I decided I needed to just jump in my car and catch the sunset somewhere. The problem was I didn’t know where I was going. Normally thats how I operate, but not at sunset because there is only so much time before the light is gone.
I cruised by the beaches, but didn’t feel like shooting there AGAIN (trust me, it does get old.) I headed inland to San Luis Obispo with an idea in my mind that I’d find a rural spot with a field against the mountains. It was a little tougher than I expected to find something like that in good light.
As I was driving, that little voice in my head said “Turn around!” So I flipped a u-turn and pulled off on some random road and drove back a little ways to find an open field just before the sun went down. This would be a great spot for a portrait session if it wasn’t on private property.
Both images were shot with ProHDR and I made only minimal edits in Snapseed. In the second image, the sun had stopped shining on the field, which meant a slightly slower shutter speed was used. Thats why the wind through the grass gave it a cool painterly effect that you can see better if you click on the image and zoom in.