Dinosaur Point, Hollister, CA. Near Pacheco State Park.
Took it on a sunny afternoon in Spring time. A subtly ambient lighting with some cloud gives the scene a gentle touch and luscious green color. Shot on a tripod.
As I was trying to find an alternative route, I found this winding path far away. I think this path links to the Dinosaur Point somehow, and didn't feel adventurous enough to go there. I had to claim my car first.
Sometimes it's about the angle a scene is shot from, and I think a few degrees of difference makes this variation stands out a little more than 24a version because of the central mount's position and how windmills are placed while keeping the foot of the hill in front included in the foreground fully. This one used a polarizing filter and used in-camera green filter. No gradient filter correction in post-processing because the B&W treatment downplays the unbalanced sunlight due to the effect of polarizing filter. No post-processing.
This view of the San Luis Reservoir (in far end) shows the mountain ranges surrounding it. When I first saw it, I thought the valleys and ridges make it look like a skeletal muscle that's being pulled from both ends. Or at least that's what it looked like to me, that shows the strength of the nature that created such landscape.
I had trouble finding the right angle to capture this tree. I also had trouble getting shallow enough depth of field effect I wanted. I ended up using 50-200mm's 50mm end (100mm equivalent @ 35mm) and shooting from some distance away. So instead of getting the entire tree, I shot a partial instead (I didn't have a lot of working distance or the view will be obscured by some tall weeds and bushes). It's a very different perspective than I originally visualized, but I think it has its own charm.
The lighting gave a very dynamic look. It's not a HDR merged in Photoshop, just one single shot using good lighting. It was very windy that day so I had to wait for the wind to slow down a little bit. Very nice lighting that day.
Took this shot on a dried up portion of the reservoir. I shot this scene because it has many elements: wind turbines, different layers of colors, the fallen rocks in front (which I have no idea how they got there), etc., etc.. Shot on tripod.
I like this particular framing because it has that opening to the right, which is a big relief to the clustered foreground to the left. Later on when I was about to finish my work here, a guy came back through that route on a little inflatable boat with a big fish in his hand. It was a pretty serene place.
Tighter composition than the version 2, just as an alternative (it's always safer to shoot everything slightly different, just in case). The driftwood in the foreground made me ponder about my depth of field choice a bit.
When I saw this scene that led me to pull over and grab my cameras (digital first then film at the last minute), I thought this to myself, "This is my Siesta Lake." Obviously, the only way I could pull it off as a knock-off/tribute to Ansel Adam's Yosemite masterpiece is actually know how to tame the scene.... The lighting was fiendish as mentioned before. This scene probably will get a reshoot some time in the future, and hopefully the lighting would be slightly better (though it has to be in Winter, because of the softer sun light, the lack of foliage and water level). Tripod job. f/5.6.
This version 2b has removed some distracting items in the scene.
This was taken on top of the hill, as you could see in "Going Up on a Hill in San Luis Reservoir." By this point I realized it's quite difficult to climb down from here, as the slope was too steep, and during Summer, the ground below me were dry and slippery. It's quite possible I would slide all the way to the bottom of the hill if I wasn't so careful. I decided to find an alternative route.
However, while I was up there, I decided to shoot a few scenes. In this view I specifically tries to exhibit the human elements in this natural setting. It was very windy on the top of the hill, by the way, that I decided to shoot this scene without bracketing.