Walton's Pastels - Santa Cruz, California

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As the cloudless skies continue, and my preparation for one of my last art shows of the year approaches, I have found myself in a space where my camera is getting little love. In fact, I wonder if I will even know how to take a photo the next time I turn it on!

 

And I do realize that just because there are no clouds isn't an excuse not to go out shooting, but when I look through the shots I took over the winter, my first winter of serious landscape photography, I can't help but get a little excited for more dramatic weather.

 

I also find myself attempting to organize the massive amounts of image I have on my hard drive(s). I plan on doing my best to create more of a "stock" portion to my website. Although no money nor images have exchanged hands, I am currently communicating with a company interested in three kelp forest images for large format printing. So if any of you have any experience with doing stock work, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

 

As for the shot, this was taken at the end of February of this year. I had finished shooting a panorama of the Santa Cruz wharf, and headed down the road to the Walton Lighthouse. It's definitely not the sexiest lighthouse, and it is a bit on the small side being only about 20-25 feet tall. But being only five minutes from my house means it was a convenient pit stop on the way home.

 

Nikon D300

Nikkor 35-70mm @ 35mm

1.3sec @ f16, ISO 100

Lee .9 and .6 Soft GND Filters

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Taken on February 28, 2009