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Weekly Photo Projects, Week 50
Wow! Only 2 more assignments left! This week was bokeh. The effect is most noticeable in the lights, the scary dude on the left is Santa (believe it or not) and was used as a focus point for the camera. I liked the point of view of this shot, which was basically from ground level looking up.
After spending an inordinate amount of time trying to make a bad shot into a good one (you'd think I'd have learned that lesson by now) I went back to the archives. Market Street in San Francisco from Justin Herman Plaza. I really like the sharpness of this photo and the chance I got to play with the Panasonic 20mm F1.7 lens. It's a great little lens, emphasis on little because it's a pancake lens. The only downside to this and the new mark II version is that autofocus is slow.
I got sidetracked in blogging. I skipped Christmas and New Year, then all the sudden it was the end of January! So this continues photos from my Thanksgiving trip. My other posts are: The Golden Arches, Panoramas from the Road, and Manzanar.
Having gotten down to the Lone Pine area and the rough location of the Mobius Arch, I needed to take a scouting trip to find the actual arch, and see what else is around. This is the Alabama Hills Monster that "greets" you as you enter the area.
I find that I post more freely on Instagram. Probably because I don't feel the need to come up with a substantial piece of writing to go with the photo. So I thought I'd try wrangling up my IG posts of the week into one post here on the blog. So without further adieu...
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…