On a recent, spontaneous visit to Broken Hill at Torrey Pines State Preserve it saddened me to see two of the smaller Torrey Pines on the hill dying. I don't know what is causing it, but with California's ongoing drought I would assume the lack of precipitation is one reason. The two photos below were … Continue reading Dying Torrey Pines
The Torrey Pine is the rarest pine species in the United States (Wikipedia). Hand-held panorama stitched from six vertical images, total resolution ~60 megapixels.
I wanted a "false color" and/or "light leaks" look for this photo of Jeffrey Pines at the small Water of the Woods pond. I found a simple solution for that using only Lightroom tools. I used a combination of Split Toning and Graduated Filters to get this look. In the Split Toning panel I toned … Continue reading Water of the Woods
An old photo from 2008 that I recently rediscovered and newly interpreted in black & white. The birch trees' trunks were illuminated by direct sunlight and stood in stark contrast to the approaching dark clouds in the background: I miss moor and heathland. There's nothing like it here in Southern California. The coastal lagoons … Continue reading Birches and Approaching Rain II
Late on Friday night we drove out east to Laguna Mountains. The secondary goal was to enjoy the night out in the back country and maybe make some photos of the night sky, weather permitting (the forecast said partly cloudy), then sleep in the car and get up early to achieve the primary goal: hike … Continue reading That wasn’t worth it