Pier Reflection

Location: Lake Cunningham, San Jose
Time: Sunrise
EXIF: Canon EOS 7D | EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM | 10mm | f/16 | 1/3s | ISO 100

I have been to Lake Cunningham Regional Park several times and always came up with a couple of good shots. The core group (except one person) decided to go to Lake Cunningham for Sunrise. One of those days where there was a lot of debate the previous night about where we should go for Sunrise. I didn’t feel like going anywhere far. So, I told the group that I am heading to Lake Cunningham as I wanted to execute a particular shot. Basically, I tried this shot last time but didn’t’ quite get it so wanted to try it again.

The group asked about potential shots we could get there and I sent them a few shots I took last time I was there. They were all interested and wanted to join. One of my friends came to my place and we carpooled together. Lake Cunningham is just about 15 minutes from my place. We met with the other two at the park.

When we go there, I realized that the shot I wanted to execute wasn’t possible as the Sun’s azimuth changed. I realized that where I thought the Sun was going to come up is not where it actually will. We did see a lot of clouds and colors already started to pop. All four of us went in different direction to find a comp we liked.

The last few times I was here, I wanted to get the reflection of the Pier. Unfortunately, the lens I had wasn’t wide enough and the Sun didn’t line up. This time around I had an ultra-wide lens that I knew will help me get the entire reflection. I also saw that the Sun was lining up nicely behind the Pier and all the action was happening behind the Pier.

I positioned myself in a place where I thought I’d be able to get full reflection. The place I was standing was a boat dock, which was covered with bird poop. I am not kidding. The entire dock was covered in poop. There was absolutely no way for me to step on the dock without stepping on poop. Of course, I stepped on poop. Anything for a good shot J

Apart from bird poop, there was another problem. The dock was moving for wind, waves, and when anyone walked. I knew that setting up the tripod wasn’t going to work. I waited for my friend to get off the dock, stood still and fired a few shots.

Looking at the Camera LCD, I realized that I got some good shots. I never trust the Camera LCD though. So many times, I have trusted that only to come home and realize the shots were not sharp or out of focus. This time around, I did end up with a good shot. I bracketed the shots so I merged the 3 shots in Lightroom and processed using my normal workflow.

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Glorious Morning!

Location: Capitola Wharf
Time: Sunrise
EXIF: Canon EOS 7D | Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 | 17mm | f/11 | 122s | ISO 100

One of the first Photo trips of 2017. I woke up pretty early in the morning (around 5:00 AM) to get to Capitola for Sunrise. One of my Photography buddies wanted to carpool so he came around 5:30 and we hit the road right away. We had good conversation on the way to Capitola. Another Photography buddy was planning to meet us on location.

We weren’t sure how the weather was going to turn out. Obviously, we were hoping it would be good. We did hear from sources with ‘knowledge’ of the weather that it might be a good show. This was my 2nd trip to Capitola. The first time around was during the Christmas break. I made the trip alone. The weather was ‘ok’ that day. It was extremely cold and for a period of time, I was the only person on the beach. It was a good shoot. I came back with some good shots.

When we got there, it was pretty dark. We were a bit early. The other friend wasn’t going to show up for another 10 to 15 minutes. So, the two of us decided to go down to the beach. While waking on the stairs to the beach, we saw a spot half way down that we thought would make a good spot to setup our tripods and get a shot. We wanted to get the Capitola Wharf from a higher vantage point.

This is one of the first shots that I took that morning. It was still dark but I could see beautiful colors in the horizon. I decided to go with a ultra-long exposure (around 2 minutes) to capture all the light.

We spent some time shooting from this high vantage point and then I decided to head out to the beach. I moved around and used the Wharf as the main subject and shot from all angles. When I came to this location end of last year, there were lot of driftwood on the beach. I was able to use the driftwood as foreground elements. There weren’t any this time around.

Once back home, the processing was rather straight-forward. Didn’t have to do a whole lot to enhance the colors in this photo. I did my basic Lightroom processing and then took it over to Photoshop to do some cleanup.

A spectacular Sunrise! Enjoyed it quite a bit.