A Break in the Weather

We’ve finally started to get some rain recently, and while it wasn’t enough to break the drought we’re experiencing here, it was enough to infringe on my photography.  But in between storms I was able to get out on a couple of occasions and experiment some more with my new 14-24mm lens.

Red Barn in the Wine Country

The first image was taken in the wine country on one of our trips over the hill to Santa Rosa.  I was really looking for the first hint of the spring mustard bloom but the drought has put a bit of a crimp in the wineries’ mustard plantings.  But I came across this beautiful old red barn being bathed in the shadows of an old oak tree.  I originally shot this at 14mm and ended up cropping off both sides to focus attention on the great interplay of the shadows and the barn.

Walk-on Beach amid the Rocks Sunset at Walk-on Beach Walk-on Beach

The next three images were taken at Walk-On Beach in the late afternoon.  Shooting at 14 mm seems to really bring in the foreground and expand the distance to the background; just the opposite of a telephoto which really compresses the overall scene.  I’m amazed at how close you need to get to foreground subjects to place them in the image appropriately.  It takes a little getting used to.

Intimate Landscape at Black Point Beach

The last image was taken at Black Point Beach along the bluff. Getting down to ground level really makes this shot; I basically had to shove the lens right up to the ice plant blooms, within inches, to bring it into the foreground. This intimate landscape really highlights what this lens can do.  I have to say again how impressed I am with the clarity of this lens. 

One other good thing about the rain was that it made it easier to get back into the shop.  So, we’ve thankfully got a few more storms on the horizon so it might be a while until I get some more time photographing this lovely place.  But I think my shop project will be done about the time the storms move out.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even get some good storm images.

Life is good!


Equipment: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 14-24 mm f 2.8 lens

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