Amador County (CA), Sacramento Valley, Light Rays

ISO100, 105mm, f/11, 1/60 sec
Amador County, CA

Maybe I have an aversion to creating panoramas.  While they can look great on my screen, panoramas do not translate well in WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, or any other medium that sharply compresses images on upload.  Perhaps other photogs are doing something I am not in choose resolution settings.  (If so, any hints would be appreciated.)  Thus, you are left with a single non-panoramic exposure of the Sacramento Valley from Hwy 88 in Amador County.

(Click thru the image for the 700px view)

The intent of this out was to drive up Hwy 88 towards Caples Lake and Carson Pass and find some locations for night photography.  And if the conditions were right, I might continue on over the Sierra Nevadas and into Nevada.  Unfortunately, partly cloudy skies from incoming thunderstorms (after days of clear skies)  were in the forecast, but were expected to only be scattered clouds until late evening.  There was a chance it could still all work out.  I packed up the gear, prepared some hydration and snacks, and was on my way.  Only 10 minutes away from home and with my first view of the cloud cover, I knew this night of shoot was not meant to be.

The only saving grace of this effort to get out and shoot was this view back down the hill towards the Sacramento Valley.  After hopping in, around, and through some slightly painful Yellow Star-Thistle plants, I was able to snap these shots of the light rays piercing through the clouds.  Amazingly enough, after a few photos here, and a quick trip to the market, the sight upon return was even more spectacular.  More on that in a future post…

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO100, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec

Amador County (CA), Sacramento Valley, Light Rays. Amador County, California. September 01, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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