Thursday, December 10, 2009

Falling On


Falling On
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
My first Explore Photo! This photo turned quite a few heads; many more than I expected. I can see now why people like it though. The diagonal lines in the background and the fact that the leaves are falling into a dark space really sets the picture off and follows the rule of thirds.
My main goal with this photo was to catch the leaves falling to the ground almost like a snowflake. I had my friend Jamie throw the leaves in the air while I tried to photograph them. It didn't turn out the way I thought but was still a success. I look at this photo and try to see what people like about it and then incorporate it into my current photography.

High-Key Self-Portrait


Glowing Self-Portrait
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
Blown out light from a window behind me helped me to make this shot possible. I positioned myself about 10 feet away from the window with my back turned toward it. I then setup the tripod about 3 feet in front of me and opened up the lens. It was hard to focus this shot with nothing to focus it on, so I had to improvise and focus on the stool and hope it turned out. The great thing about digital is the fact that you can learn from your mistakes right away and take the steps to correct them. Happy Shooting!

Good Read


Good Read
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
I love this photo! I took it with my iPhone on accident and it really impacted me. The exposure and lighting turned out really good for a camera phone, but I think I really like the black background the best. What do you think?

Beaming Light


Beaming Light
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
I really like the light beams that come from haze or smoke. I took this photo with my iPhone, which is cool because you can set the exposure and focus by touching the screen where you want the camera to meter from.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Trona Pinnacles


Tufa Sunset
Originally uploaded by Albert K.

Boy that was a cold and windy night. A fellow photo enthusiast Ron Pearl went out to catch the moon setting over the Trona Pinnacles early 2009. I was able to catch this photo at sunset before we got to the real action.

More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trona_Pinnacles

Walker Pass


Walkers Pass
Originally uploaded by Albert K.
Information taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walker_Pass

It was charted as route through the Sierra in 1834 by Joseph Reddeford Walker, a member of the Bonneville Expedition who learned of it from Native Americans. Walker returned through the pass in 1843, leading an immigrant wagon train into California. In 1845 the military surveying expedition of John C. Fremont used the pass. He suggested it be named after Walker.

It is the highest point on State Route 178. Aside from the paved road, the pass is essentially unaltered since Walker mapped it in 1834.

Between Walker Pass and Tioga Pass, several hours drive to the north, there is only one paved road for automobiles to cross over the Sierra Nevada mountains (Sherman Pass Road). All roads between Walker Pass and Carson Pass (State Route 88), over 200 miles (320 km) in distance, are subject to extended closure by winter snowfall. Walker Pass is sometimes closed due to snowfall, but due to its lower elevation these closures are for brief periods.

Walker Pass can also be closed, especially during winter, due to rock falls. Road conditions are reported by Caltrans or local radio stations. Rock slides and falling rocks are a danger, and care should be taken at all times of the year. Highway 178 is a narrow, twisting two lane road for most its entire length through the Sierras. For this reason, most east-west traffic utilizes the much lower, four lane State Route 58 through Tehachapi Pass, located about one hour's drive to the south.

Tourists visiting Death Valley, and the Kern River Resort areas often enjoy the drive through Walker Pass.