Spent some cold minutes in high winds capturing the San Francisco Fireworks last night. Good show…if you like fireworks. You can see more here.
One question I get this time of year is “What settings do you use?” So, here you go. I was using a 55-200mm lens on my Fuji X-T1 mounted on a tripod. The aperture was f/7.1 or f/9.0. ISO was 200. Shutter speed was set to Bulb. Using a remote control, I would trip the shutter when I saw the launch flash on the barge. I’d let up at some (random) interval after that. The shutter speeds in the gallery range from 2.6 seconds up to 6.5 seconds.
Continuing with my exploration of the Presidio, I spent an early morning hiking around El Polin Spring. This is basically a continuation of the hike from last week. It turned into a search for flowers since that was the most colorful thing I saw. That reminded me of a short conversation I had several years ago on a shoot with a friend on a foggy morning:
Friend – “There’s not much color today.”
Me – “Gray and Green are colors.”
Now I’m more in the “not much color” camp which really means I’m just not being creative. You can see some other shots from the morning here.
I stopped at Crissy Field to see there was any windsurfing in progress after my hike. There was but only a few riders. It was very windy – back in the day the beach would have been jammed with people rigging and going out. Now, not so much. I got in a couple of shots as you can see below.
The Presidio Ecology Trail is a nice easy hike with some good views. I was surprised there were quite a few flowers along the trail – expected them to be gone since it’s officially summer now. I guess these apples(?) don’t qualify as “flowers” but I found them interesting. And here’s some flowers from my hike. More images here.
I like to shoot the moon the night before it’s actually touted as the full moon. That way, the contrast between the sky and the moon is not as great. So…I went to Pier 27 and waited for the moon to rise on the 28th. Note that “The Photographer’s Ephemeris” states the moon on the 28th was “waxing gibbous” and 99.7% of full. I can deal with the missing 0.3%. While I waited for the moon to make its appearance, I shot Alcatraz with the sunset lighting up the sky.
Moonrise was a little muted because the haze over the water. This shot was close to the last one I took that night. And, it’s actually two shots merged so as to get the detail of the moon. Enjoy. Remember, you can click on an image to get a larger version.