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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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Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

I made a series of photographs on a beach near the city of Kona in Hawaii, mainly concentrating on the abstract designs that I could find.

What attracted me first to this scene was the bright green sea plants (that’s the best I can describe them as, do let me know if you have a better name). The way their shapes changed with every wave, creating new and exciting patterns against the bright white sands was incredible.

Initially, I tried not getting wet, but that meant that, I would miss a lot of different perspectives, so in I went. Fortunately, the water there in Hawaii is not that cold and it was mildly pleasant to just hang out with my camera glued to my eyes, pointing it down at the sand.

This particular shot was taken right at the boundary of a transition, a phase on the beach where, the wave that just crashed in is receding. Majority of the water flow had already passed, leaving behind a fresh new design made using the sea plants. But right around the edges of this little island, there was a trickle of water that just hung around for a bit more, reflecting the sunlight in various shapes. A little while later all the water would have flown back getting rid of the sparkle that was once there.

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Last Light on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Last Light on Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Last Light on Mauna Kea, Hawaii Canon5DMarkii_Canon70-200@100mm_F11_1/4s_ISO100

Mauna Kea, the dormant volcano as seen from the junction of Hw19 and Waikoloa Beach Rd.

Aloha!!

Here is a link to a wiki page with more info about the volcano itself, but honestly, those little white dot’s on top of it are the telescopes (part of the space observatory) and they should give you an idea about the gigantic size of this volcano.

I must say that photographing this volcano with the last light was not the original plan. My plan was to be at Anaehoomalu Bay (or A-bay) for sunset. Having read a little bit about A-bay, I found it was known for its amazing sunsets. With paid internet access in almost all of the hotels in Hawaii, I had to rely on this little bit of research I did using my iPhone. As we entered the parking area, I saw a sign that said ‘gates close at 7 PM sharp’ but ignored it and continued to park my car. In hindsight I should have backed out and parked in the adjacent shopping center and walked to the beach,  because sunset was at 7:10PM and nearly always the real color show begins after the sun actually sets. Long story short, I was driving out of the parking area when the sky behind me started to explode with colors.

But, as I drove out towards the highway, I was greeted with this magnificent view of the towering volcano bathed in the last light. Parking the car by the side of the road, frantically unpacking my photo gear and setting up the tripod led to the making of this photo.

Sunset Sky, Hawaii

Sunset Sky, Hawaii

Just to show you how good the colors were, take a look at the photo here. This is a section of the western sky. But may be all of this happened for the good. If not for the parking lot restriction, I may have ended up with ‘one more’ Hawaiian sunset on the beach ‘ shot. Mahalo!!


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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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Pescadero State Beach, California

Pescadero State Beach, Califonia

Pescadero State Beach, California

I pulled this one from the archives. It was shot last May, may be one of the last storms that we saw here. I’ve posted it here because, one phenomenon happens every time I shoot. I end up liking one of the last few shots I click on a photo-shoot.

Does this happen to you?

Have a great week ahead!

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Clearing Storm and Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Clearing Snow Storm, Yosemite National Park, CA

Clearing Snow Storm, Yosemite National Park, CA

Clearing snow storm at sunset casting beautiful light on Yosemite National Park’s landmarks, El Capitan and Half Dome

Wishing every one Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year ahead. Hope we all get to see nature’s brilliant, spectacular shows in the future. May the light gods continue to cast beautiful light on the landscape in the coming years as well.

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