This past December I decided to place more focus on architecture photography with an emphasis on long exposures. I have always believed landscape photography to be my strength, but inevitably … Continue reading Van Nuys (CA), Spillway Structure, Clouds, Long Exposure Monochrome
One of the tools I rely on for long exposure photography that may not be as obvious is the weather forecast. Even though where I live in within 30 minutes … Continue reading Rancho Cordova (CA), Canal, Comm Towers, Long Exposure Monochrome
While nearby thoroughfares and bridges are the arteries of this bustling suburb next to the Sierra Foothills, this tiny bridge was the primary artery connecting the citrus orchards and produce … Continue reading Folsom (CA), Arch Bridge, Oak Tree, Long Exposure Monochrome
I am as guilty as any other photog of planning trips to shoot a certain location or building, even more so when I am shooting landscapes. When time is limited, I do my research online, create an ordered checklist of locations to shoots, pack up the SUV, and hope the timing works out. More often than not, I end up leaving my “good gear” in the car and spend time hiking, exploring, and taking snapshots with the cell phone. I am pretty inefficient at checking off that list of what to shoot. At least I did get to spend time (almost entirely by myself) at the Marin Civic Center. That was an unexpected treat as I had a feeling the entire building would be closed on a weekend – but it wasn’t!
I didn’t know it at the time but this trip to Marin County, just on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, was a catalyst for the recent conscious decision to spend time in the Sacramento Valley area to capture architectural photography. Instead of spending at least a couple of hours each way driving to locations in the SF Bay Area and hoping for the right conditions, I would work with what is here locally. For the last 6 weeks, I have ventured no further than 30 miles from home. Sacramento certainly is not SF when it comes to the quantity of photogenic buildings or structures, but the challenge of finding an interesting compositions is exciting to me.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 18mm, f/13, 1/13 sec
San Rafael (CA), Open Floors, Domed Skylight, Monochrome. Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA. December 23, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.
Keeping with the long exposure theme as of late, but leaving this image in color. I ran out of light for this composition a few days earlier. The sun dipped … Continue reading Folsom (CA), Bridge Arches, Sunset Light, Reflection, Long Exposure
Another one shot and done late afternoon. The initial composition I had in my mind was not going to work given the placement of the clouds. This view under the bike trail bridge would have to do. Exposure was at least a minute underexposed as the shot was stopped just before a paddleboarder was about to enter from the right. The decision was probably for the best. With this high contrast composition, the attempt to properly expose the underside of the bridge would cause the highlights in the sky to blow out.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 18mm, f/10, 428 sec (6 min 8 sec), 10 stop ND
Folsom (CA), River Trail Bridge, Reflection, Long Exposure Monochrome. American River Bike Trail, Lake Natoma, Folsom, CA. February 01, 2018. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.
An spur of the moment decision to make a quick detour on the way home for this photograph. Instead of heading downtown and into rush hour traffic (and the opposite … Continue reading Folsom (CA), Bridge Arch Reflection, Long Exposure Monochrome