Moon Photos

Yacht Club Moonset
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Yacht Club Moonset

The day after the new moon, there is just a sliver of a waxing crescent that sets right after sunset. It makes for some beautiful and interesting views with the setting sun. Last night there was an interesting low layer of wispy clouds enveloping the beautiful crescent just before it slipped out of sight.


Crescent Moon
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Crescent Moon

The crescent moon setting over Santa Barbara. When the moon is just a sliver like this, it's easy to miss. (in fact you may have to click to view a larger size image) Especially on a day with a beautiful sunset to distract you. But if you look closely the tiny crescent following the sun over the horizon is a beautiful sight.


Blue Moonrise
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Blue Moonrise

Once in a blue moon... The full moonrise is quite a sight to see in itself, the moon on the horizon looks so large and beautiful. But on an evening like this there is actually enough light reflected by the amazing moon to photograph our beautiful landscapes and beaches. The cool lighting gives the beach a completely different feel from only an hour before when the sunset glow bathed it in warmth.


Waxing Crescent
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Waxing Crescent

I've always loved taking pictures at night. The golden hour is just the start of the show for me. There was a time when I would sit still counting the seconds for multiple minute exposures on my film camera, trying to get every available photon. These days some of those same photos can nearly be taken hand-held at 10,000 ISO. But this is one shot that still requires a good tripod. Not as much becuase of the darkness, the moon is actually quite bright. But the fact that with the teleconverter this image was taken at 1200mm, and it was taken on a tripod that was a little wobbley for the job too. Nonetheless it held up and did a wonderful job.


Tualatin Commons Evening Lake Reflections
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tualatin Commons Evening Lake Reflections

We recently spent some time in Tualatin, Oregon, just south of Portland. We stayed at a beautiful hotel, (The Century Hotel, the Building on the left) that backed up to Tualatin Commons Park. Most evenings we took a walk around this beautiful lake and watched the change of the guards. It seems the Geese take the day shift, and leave with quite a bit of fanfare an hour or two before sunset. Starting around that time, the ducks start to come in for a very entertaining waterskiing landing.


The Getty Center Magical Sunset
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Getty Center Magical Sunset

The Getty Center is as beautiful as the art it contains. This was about twenty minutes after sunset with a nice glow in the western sky. This spot by the fountain in front of the West Pavillion is one of my favorites but there are many spectacular views to choose from.


Santa Barbara Historical Museum Panorama
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Santa Barbara Historical Museum Panorama

In the middle of downtown Santa Barbara there are some amazing spots. The Santa Barbara Historical Musuem is a place where you can see the classic spanish architecture that our city is famous for right in the middle of the city.


Shipwrecked After Dark on Butterfly Beach
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Shipwrecked After Dark on Butterfly Beach

The clouds were beautiful the other evening at Butterfly beach. Just after sunset they looked almost like an aurora. This was an extremely long exposure, the last of a particularly beautiful day.


Santa Barbara Historical Museum
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Santa Barbara Historical Museum

I was looking through some old shots for some photos that I remembered taking, but did not remember how they turned out. (Sometimes I take more photos than I have time to process.) This was one of the ones I was looking for. It's always a nice surprise to wander back through my photos and try to find cool things that fell through the cracks.

This was just after a particularly beautiful winter sunset. The wispy clouds are still reflecting the glow of the sunset and the lights of the city making the beautiful colors in the sky.


Sunset at 1525 State
Friday, December 14, 2007
Sunset at 1525 State

When the evening sun does beautiful things like this I find myself wishing I could drop everything and take pictures. Today I had a busy afternoon of meetings and appointments, fortunately one of them was with a new client so I just happened to have my camera handy. I think the wispy pink clouds really add a lot! Not to mention the cool bus tail lights that came through at just the right time.

This is a combination of five images in what is called a High Dynamic Range Image, mostly used in this case to pick out the details in the bright spots. One of the interesting things about one of those bright spots is the color of the sign. That lovely green is the way film (or in this case a digital sensor) sees fluorescent lights. As they ummm... "encourage" us in California to use the CFLs my evening shots are going to get a lot greener, supposedly in more ways than one.


Leadbetter Beach Woodcut - No Lifeguard On Duty
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Leadbetter Beach Woodcut - No Lifeguard On Duty

I went out this evening to get some evening shots of the city. I was not sure exactly what I was looking for, but when I drove by Leadbetter Beach I saw it. :-D

This scene reminds me of a woodcut technique where the black silhouette is printed over a gradient background. The sky was cloudless, the dark outline at the left on the horizon is Santa Cruz Island part of Channel Islands National Park.


Harbor Moonrise
Sunday, October 9, 2005
Harbor Moonrise

You can see the moon coming up on the right side of the photo, through the fog. This was an amazing night to take pictures.


Sunset Palms
Friday, March 11, 2005
Sunset Palms

I guess this is why they call it Palm Desert!

The bright thing in the sky is a sliver of the moon. It appears small in the photo because it was taken with a wide angle lens.


Moonlit Harbor
Monday, March 7, 2005
Moonlit Harbor

I am still experimenting with evening photography. It takes a longer exposure, but I use Fuji Velvia, which is primarily a daylight film. The saturation makes this film incredible.