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The Golden Gate on a typical SF day
It's been a bit since I posted. It'd also been a while since I had felt like shooting anything. I think the Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco in general is a good remedy for what ever the equivalent is for writer's block for photographers. I have a couple GG shots (a couple hundred) but this is my first down from the Fort Point area. That's Fort Point, a Civil War era fort, under the bridge. I'd seen a lot of GG shots from this vantage point on G+ so thought I'd give it a try. I like the heavy chain, it gives a kind of anchor and a little extra to the shot. Sadly the waves weren't so big as to give me a real dramatic bridge shot with a wave crash. Maybe next time. Weather was also not ideal for a photo, but was typical SF. Should have waited around a couple hours for the clouds to burn off. Other things I would have done differently would have been to actually use the tripod I had in the car with me, that might have made this seven shot HDR composite a little sharper.
Before we get into the meat of this post, if you're viewing this on a mobile device, these photos really don't translate that well on it. These are large panoramic photos and really need a large screen to do them justice. Now on with the post.
Occasionally during my Eastern Sierra trip I had the idea to take panoramas to try and take in the full view of what I was seeing and feeling. I tried to focus on a part of the view I was seeing that would fill up my frame, but I felt that it didn't full get the whole feeling with only part of the view, but this led to other problems. All the panoramas I took were literally on the side of the road, meaning I was in the middle of driving, with someone who's not a photographer. So, not wanting to annoy them I left the tripod in the car and took these panoramas free hand. When taking handheld panos my general rule is to take many photos and to go well beyond and after my intended start and stop points so that the photo software has …
If you find yourself in the Eastern Sierra, I highly highly recommend taking a few hours and stopping by the Manzanar National Historic Site. It's tells the story of out not too distant past that we like to conveniently skip over. If you're not familiar with the significance of this site, this is where, shortly after the bombing of Hawaii by Japan in 1941, some 10,000 Japanese, most with US citizenship, were incarcerated. This site is one of ten sites around the country that would come to hold over 110,000 people, again most of which were US citizens, from 1942-1945.
Burney Falls, in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, has been on the list of waterfalls to shoot from the second I discovered it. This made all my previous waterfalls look like little trickles. But shooting here exposed a number of issues with gear and timing and so I left with photos that I was pleased with, but not thrilled with. In fact, it has taken me about a month to come back to these photos, that's how disappointed I was with them. Burney Falls is a unique waterfall in that it has the typical waterfall action of a river falling over a 129-foot cliff, but it also has underground springs coming out the side of the cliffs, which you can see off to the sides of the main fall. So the falls look like this pretty much year round, which is good when trying to plan a trip.
I had originally planned to shoot these falls in late fall/early winter of November 2017 on my Thanksgiving trip that ended in Lone Pine, CA. Due to time and weather issues, that was abandoned. At that tim…