This afternoon, the moon was early. At around 4pm, the moon was showing with a perfect blue sky at the background.
I was able to make a couple of pictures of the Space Shuttle Endeavor from my home office patio this morning. Once in a lifetime opportunity. To bad it was kind of foggy!
NASA is giving Space Shuttle Endeavor a “victory lap” of sorts as the space shuttle era ends with a low-flying flyover in the Bay Area on Friday morning September 21, 2012 on its way to being displayed at a museum in Los Angeles.
I've been privileged with a great patio on the roof outside of my home office facing east. Early morning sunrises make such a great way to wake up, and get your head clear.
The pictures above of the Sunrise in San Francisco are taken from my home office patio with a Canon 5D MIII. I post processed the pictures with the new GIMP native App for Mac. An incredible piece of free open source software, which easily can complete with Photoshop for easy color or light adjustments, mand cropping and resizing pictures.
Sunset over Golden Gate Bridge taken from Fort Baker pier, in between the crab fishermen. The first picture is a combination of three pictures, into a HDR. The second picture is one of the couple of hundres of I took for a time lapse which will be published later, after I stitched all these together. The third picture is after the sun had set, and at complete dusk. You can see the stars in the sky above the Golden Gate Bridge.
And finally, the panorama I took from the San Francisco Bay, in Panorama style of the Golden Gate taken with my iPhone. Click on any of these pictures to see the really large one. Especially the Panorama is great, as you can see Alcatras and the San Francisco Skyline.
Fireworks with the Skyline of San Francisco on the 4th of July for Independence day 2012
Click on the image for full size (5995x1956).
This panorama shot was made out of two pictures stitched together using open source software Hugin
It was my first time. Making photo's of fireworks. I studied the guide on how best to make pictures of fireworks, but was still not sure on how to proceed. But what better opportunity than the celebration of the 75th years of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. In total, I made 278 pictures, of which these ones are the best!
Very rare moment, lights on the Golden Gate bridge are all turned off, seconds before the fireworks started. I was able to make this picture in the moments the bridge was pitch black.
Picture details: Focal length 50mm, Exposure: 8 sec, Aperture: f/2 ISO: 100
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An epic mistake and good learning in photography. This tells me I still have so much to learn when it comes to preparation when I go take pictures.
December 17th, I woke up at 4.30am, to go take pictures of the sunrise above San Francisco from Marin County Headlands. With spectacular views over the Golden Gate Bridge, this should have been a great opportunity to make beautiful shots.
The weather forecast was on my side. Clear & cold but windy. Sunrise around 7.45am, so plenty of time to prepare and scout the best spot. While waiting for the spectacle to start, I decided to play around with the Bulb mode and crank up the shutter speed using my Canon remote control. As it was still real dark at around 5.45, I used a 5 minutes exposure time, with a f/22 aperture. Wow!
After just a couple of shots, my battery was dead! I missed the opportunity to take pictures of the sunrise above the San Francisco completely, no pictures... what a fail! At least I got to hang around and witness one of the most spectacular sunrises over the Golden Gate Bridge I've ever seen. Next time I will make sure I take a spare battery and prepare my timing to be perfect to start shooting.