Cityscape after a storm

A storm moved into and out of the Bay Area over the past 24 hours dumping a moderate amount of rain. By the time I left work for my commute home the roads were dry. I figured it might be a good day to take a little side trip down to Fort Baker and grab some photos. Unfortunately, there was a layer of very high clouds filtering the sunlight so I didn’t get the sparkling clear views I was hoping for–but, I was the only out there so I had an enjoyably peaceful 15 minutes of photo fun.

View of San Francisco from Fort Baker

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 42mm. 1/320 second at f/9.0, ISO 100.

Canon T2i alone on the pier.

Motel appurtenances

Things have gotten busy of late, and the band is preparing to go out on a 10 day tour, so I’ve been lax with my daily photo stops. Excuses, excuses…. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I scored a copy of Lightroom 3 from B&H for $69! Great deal, but it was back ordered so while I’m waiting for it to arrive I’ve been looking through my messy photo collection planning a much needed organizational attack. Tonight I ran across this image and pulled it out of the stack–probably because the motel room kitchenette seems so tidy.

Appliances in a motel kitchen

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 19mm. 1/30 second at f/5.6, ISO 400.

Canon T2i in a motel kitchen.

Neighbors lights at night

Neighbors. In my immediate vicinity, both of the two closest ones like strong, harsh night lighting and more often than not forget to turn them off. Drives me crazy because I like going out into my yard at night to look at the sky. Alas. So I got creative with it last night. And… It’s now 5:30 PM the next day and these lights are still on–they’ve been on all day. Happens all the time. And, yes, I’ve asked.

Neighbor's BBQ lighting

Lens: Canon EF-S 15-85mm at 28mm. 3.2 seconds at f/5.6, ISO 800.

Canon T2i looking over the fence.

Winter pods

As I’ve said before, I love the G11’s articulating screen because it makes framing from physically difficult angles easy. In this case, I had the camera positioned under the dry Mexican sunflower pods with the lens pointed nearly straight up towards the sky–and I didn’t have to lay on my back in the wet grass to frame the shot. I exposed for the pods and let the sky totally blow out. The “over-exposed” sky as background turned the scene into an interesting abstract image.

Mexican sunflower pods from underneath

Canon G11 over under sideways down.