Fading Light

Fading Light

It’s been a while since I’ve uploaded a photo to flickr. It’s also been a while since I’ve had time to comment on peoples photos — I apologize. Between the holiday and work (well, mostly work, since I worked the entire holiday), I’ve just been SWAMPED. I took this photo over a month ago and although I usually edit photos almost immediately, this took me a month to get to!

My girlfriend had been saying for a while that she wanted to do an extended weekend vacation to Santa Barbara, CA. For her birthday I decided to force her to take Friday and Monday off work and I booked a hotel in Santa Barbara for a little surprise vacation for her. We drove down the coast (from SF) on agorgeous Friday afternoon and had a wonderful weekend with perfect weather. On Saturday we went down to ”Hendry’s Beach” as the locals call it (officially called Arroyo Burro Beach) to have a drink and then try to get sunset photos. Unfortunately there wasn’t a cloud in the sky — photos were a bust.

On Sunday I noticed the cloud coverage wasn’t too bad so I left my gf at the hotel and drove over to the beach. I quickly found a spot and setup the camera and waited. Unforuntately the clouds had started to dissipate and the surf where I setup wasn’t big enough to give me a good shot. Just as I was about to leave and call it a night I realized that there was this GORGEOUS U shaped (Bird Shaped?) cloud behind me. I turned around, setup the photo, and took a couple ”sample” photos.

The light was fading fast and I realized this would be a great chance to pull out my new Lee Big Stopper and get a long misty colorful exposure. I setup everything, set my remote timer to a 5 minute exposure, and clicked start. 5 minutes later I looked at the photo and it was completely black! My calculations had shown it should have been long enough — why was it black?! Turns out I forgot to put the camera on BULB mode so the shot was only 30 seconds long. Ick — there went my perfect shot. Luckily one of my 30 second photos (this one) while I was testing the settings and setting up, ended up being a really nice photo. The color quickly faded after my failed 5 minute attempt and I was really lucky to have captured this as it lit up from the sunset.

Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S:
34mm, f/20, 30 sec, ISO 125

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.