Saturday, November 15, 2014

Photographing The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge from Horseshoe Bay
5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II, Lee Big Stopper - f/11, 30 sec, 38mm.
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Golden Gate from the Marin Headlands
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 Golden Gate from the Marin Headlands
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The Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach
5D Mk III, EF 24-70 f/2.8 L II - f/11, 6 sec, 70mm.
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Shooting the San Francisco Icon. After living in the area for nearly six months now, I decided it was finally time to capture some images of the Golden Gate Bridge. My research showed the 4 best angles to shoot the bridge from, without using a boat or helicopter that is.  Baker beach, Marin headlands or Battery Spencer, Fort Point and Horseshoe Bay.

Now I need to finish all four locations and decide what I personally like the best, the crowds of tourists have kept me away from the Marin side, that seems to be where most people flock to. Baker beach and the Presidio are so far my choice due to light and foreground interest. Kirby Cove from the Marin side looks worth a hike down to the beach also.


From the bridge deck

I will also try walking out on to the bridge at dusk and shooting up the towers with a telephoto lens, I have not seen much done that way. Also a tower shot with the city in the background would be nice to compliment my Bay Bridge Shot, incidentally I like shooting the Bay Bridge better.

The Bay Bridge
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The Bay Bridge
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

EF 11-24mm f4L USM

A recently leaked on line image shows my dream lens, the EF 11-24mm f4L USM, yes thats f/4 constant aperture, why? size mostly, but with a super wide its main purpose in life is wide angle landscape and architecture so f/2.8 is not really needed and by keeping it at f/4 it can have an even wider field, hence the 11mm, while keeping size and weight down.

 I absolutely love the Nikon 14-24, but this one will be way better for my purpose's. I hope this is true, I will run right out and get it. Will be tough to swallow the rumored price of $2800, but it will pay itself off quickly.


Images In Light

Monday, November 10, 2014

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II

 Here is a lens a lot of people have been waiting for, I look forward to trying this one in Yellowstone.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00

 Order it here

DPReview here

The Digital Picture here

Review here Lens Tip

Review here Photozone.

Review here ePhotozine

Dustin Abbott here

Canon CPN
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • One Fluorite and One Super UD Element
  • Air Sphere and Fluorine Lens Coatings
  • Ring-Type USM AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
  • Rotating Zoom Ring & Torque Adjustment
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm


Images In Light

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


5D Mk III, EF 70-200 f/4 L IS, f/9, 4 sec at 111mm

Two shot panorama of Seattle at dusk. Processed in Lightroom and CS6.  I like to shoot a city scape just after sunset at dusk, the city lights are visible and the sky has not yet turned black. Seattle is still my favorite city to shoot, there are many locations that offer excellent views like the classic one above, Kerry Park on Highland Ave.

More of my Seattlescapes can be found here