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Sunset Reflections, Folsom, CA

Sunset Reflections, Folsom, CA

Sunset Reflections, Folsom, CA

I witnessed a gorgeous sunset a while back and since traveling long distance after work was not an option, I managed to spend some time at a seasonal pond here in Folsom.

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Tall Grass Sticking out of Water, Folsom, CA

Tall Grass Sticking Out of Water, Folsom, CA - Canon5DMarkII_Canon70-200@70mm_F8_1/10s_ISO100

This was shot, standing on a bridge, while looking down at the water. The sun was setting behind me and was casting this beautiful light on the top of the grass, but not the water. Initially while looking at it on a screen, I had an impression that this could seem to be busy, so I made a small 6×4 test print and I really liked the result.

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Crazy Oak, Folsom, CA

Crazy Oak , Folsom, CA - Canon5DMarkII_Canon70-200mm@70mm_F8_1/60s_ISO100

This is the “crazy” oak tree that I talked about in my earlier post. I had walked by this tree many number of times here in Folsom and it is during the winter months that this tree puts on an amazing show. The bare tree trunks, weirdly shaped, standout very clearly against the sky.

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Spring Bloom, Folsom, CA

Springe Bloom, Folsom, CA Canon5DMarkII-Canon70-200@140-F4-1/125s-ISO100

A bunch of white wild flowers basking in late evening light.

I usually go out for a walk/run in the evening in one of the many bike trails that are around here in Folsom. A particular section of the trail is my favorite. It has such interesting elements, a crazy oak tree, tall grass that grows in the spring, some flowers in spring, a bridge over a little pond, the water in the pond stays only during the winter and early spring months, some birds that take advantage of this water, beautiful grass that grows in the water. So I thought I could spend an evening around here photographing anything that catches my attention.

The above shot is just one of many that I have and will post soon. I saw this bunch of white flowers that were getting a good dose of the late evening low angled light. The landscape surrounding it was interesting as well, there was uneven growth in the grass which created a dynamic play of shadow and light. I hope you enjoy this delicate little intimate detail.

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Grass and Rain Drops, Folsom, California

Grass and Rain Droplets, Folsom, CA

Grass and Rain Droplets, Folsom, CA

Tall green grass blown by strong winds right after a rain storm

Last year, around this time, Folsom had seen quite a lot of rain and the grass around the biking trails had grown very tall. In the photograph above the same tall grass were forced flat on the ground by strong winds. As this was shot just after rains stopped, the freshness of the greens and the rain droplets had attracted me to this scene.

I hope I had put some effort to visualize a square format presentation. If I had, instead of cropping and loosing pixels, I could have combined two frame and have a similar crop as this one, and not loose pixels as well. Well, something to keep in mind the next time I’m out shooting I guess.

It amazes me as to how photography has made me aware of my surroundings. When I returned to this same scene, the very same patch of earth barely has 6 inch long grass. There simply isn’t enough rains this time around. But, I see some rain forecast in the coming weeks, so I hope to get out and enjoy them as I did last year.

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Blade of Grass, Folsom, CA

Blade of Grass, Folsom, California

Blade of Grass, Folsom, California

A blade of grass sticking out of calm water just after some rains in Folsom, California

On the day I made this photo, although the sunset was spectacular, I was not at a location with open space to capture the sky. But instead, I had a little pond reflecting all the colors and these blades of grass sticking out of it, with those little distortions due to surface tension.

Grass and sunset reflections in an un-named pond, Folsom, California

Grass and sunset reflections in an un-named pond, Folsom, California

I made the image on the left, the very same day, may be a few minutes after the sun went down. As you can see, the surface distortions were so prominent and kind of glowing in the evening light. I had to capture and present that glow. To do that, I used my long lens (70-200mm) to isolate just one grass. The rains had subsided, which gave way to the perfect reflection of the grass in the water.

Its surprising how fragile certain things are. I returned to photograph these blades of grass again the next day, but those distortions were nowhere to be found. Sunshine during the day had evaporated some water and had totally altered the scene.

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Lunar Eclipse 2010, Folsom, California

 

Lunar Eclipse 2010 - Progression, Folsom, California

Lunar Eclipse 2010 - Progression, Folsom, California

Lunar eclipse progression as seen from Folsom, California and the Moon in complete Earth Shadow

I had initially completely given up on the eclipse because of the weather predictions and also the amount of rain and clouds I had seen in the past few days. At about 6:30 PM on Monday, when I headed out to the gym, I caught a glimpse of the full moon. It was still buried under some soft clouds, but its form was visible. That gave me some hope.

After returning from the gym, I launched Stellarium, a free open source planetarium software. Once I set the co-ordinates to Folsom, California, I was able to see the night sky and the moons current position. I hit the fast forward button and the software showed me how the moon would traverse in the sky. I particularly concentrated on its path between 10:30 PM – 11:40PM (PST) , the time the eclipse started and around the time the moon was completely in Earth’s shadow.

I set up my tripod outside my house, pointed the lens almost vertically up. I set off a few test shots and found the exposure where the moon was not overexposed and there was some detail on its surface. The details here are a bit soft, mainly because of the clouds. I had to constantly look up and wait for some gap in the fast moving clouds. With the focal length set at 200mm, the moon can travel across the frame pretty fast. So the first three in the above sequence are from the same position, the next two were taken after slightly shifting my camera. All of these different frames were layered on top of each other and the last two needed some special treatment (canvas re-size and some approximation on my part as to the moons trajectory)

The below shot is a single frame, showing some stars along with totalled moon.

Lunar Eclipse 2010, Folsom, California

Lunar Eclipse 2010, Folsom, California

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