Friday, November 28, 2014

Fog At The Bench

The Bench - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 250, f5.6, 1/125, 40mm.
Two weeks ago I visited my favorite spot to photograph in my neighborhood: The Bench. What is this place? Down a nondescript dead-end road there is a small unmarked dirt pullout big enough for two cars. From there a short trail leads down to a wood bench.

The view from the bench is nothing short of spectacular. About 4,000' below is California's Central Valley. You can see parts of the historic Tejon Ranch. On most days The Grapevine is visible in the distance. Down in the valley are orange groves and cattle ranches. On the far side of the valley are mountains.

This particular day was foggy. When I arrived the fog was so thick that a photograph would have looked completely white. Within a couple of minutes the clouds began to lift a little, revealing some of the hillsides and trees. This lasted about 15 minutes before the thick fog returned.
Foggy Hill #1 - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 100, f5.6, 1/200, 78mm.
I left, but came back later a little before sunset. The fog was still hanging around, but it had cleared just enough for me to capture a few photographs. Then, just before the sun was to disappear behind the horizon, some thick fog rolled back in.

I used a Nikon D3300 DSLR for these photographs. I used two lenses, a Nikkor 40mm AF-S DX F/2.8G Micro and a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX F/4-5.6G ED. Lens choice was based on what focal length I needed for each image.

Alien Skin Exposure 6 was used to post-process these photographs. They are in no particular order.
Two Trees On A Foggy Mountain - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 280, f8, 1/125, 40mm.
Foggy Hill #2 - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 100, f5.6, 1/320, 85mm.
Chain of The Setting Sun - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 800, f9, 1/125, 40mm.
Setting Sun Over Tejon #1 - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 250, f7.1, 1/125, 40mm.
Setting Sun Over Tejon #2 - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 250, f7.1, 1/125, 40mm.
Rock & Tree - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 180, f5.6, 1/125, 78mm.
A Tree In The Fog - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 100, f5.6, 1/125, 55mm.
Fallen - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 100, f5, 1/125, 100mm.
Tejon Elk - Stallion Springs, California
ISO 2200, f3.5, 1/125, 40mm.
This wasn't captured at "the bench" but a mile or so down the road.

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