This is another photo from the Trey Ratcliff (Stuck In Customs) photo walk at Stanford University on August 11, 2011. This was an amazing event, with over 200 photographers! All organized through my new obsession, Google+. This was the first Google+ Flash mob, and may have been a world record for a photo walk. Although Trey thinks it may have been 5 or 10 people shy of his Austin Photowalk. Thank you Bay Area traffic!
You can view the rest of the photos I took on my Google+ album at https://plus.google.com/photos/106719979779567208605/albums/5640125127238409201
Also, below the photo I took, is a group photo taken by Peter Adams (https://plus.google.com/106983800549406471589/posts)
If you are not on Google+ and you love photography, you NEED to be. It’s a great place for photographers to interact and share their work. Even if you are not a photographer, it is a great place to find new photographers. You need an invite though, but I have plenty to send! (You must add me to your circle though 🙂
So, weeks ago, I hear the news about the “Super Moon” on March 19th, 2011, which is the closet full moon to the earth in 18 years. This means that the moon should appear bigger, brighter, and more detailed. Well, it should everywhere but in Northern California, where we are in the midst of what is supposed to be almost 2 weeks of relentless storms. The night of the super moon was especially bad. Rain driven sideways because of winds that felt to be about 100 miles per hour. It was insane. But at about 3 AM, I went outside, and amazingly there was a break in the clouds. There was clouds coming in at a remarkably fast pace. I set up my tripod, and took a 30 second exposure. You can see the blurry palm trees being caused by swaying in the hurricane force winds. I am not gonna lie, I was a little worried about one of the palms breaking in half, crushing my car and myself in the wake.
Not the photo I was dreaming of when I heard about the Super Moon, but I think this came out kinda cool!
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As a consumer, I really like this photo. As a photographer, this is a bittersweet capture. The conditions to see the eclipse in Northern California were not exactly ideal. I hiked up to Ring Mountain with my friend Mikey. It was cold and cloudy, but no rain (yet). I arrived at about 10:50, and the moon was about 60% covered. By 11:50, the total eclipse had begun. So had the even stronger cloud coverage. For about 30 minutes after total eclipse began, I would get a brief 10 second clear window about every 8 minutes. It was not easy! Everything had to be set up perfect, and I would have to hit that shutter at the perfect time. I did wind up getting 3 usable photos out of the night. So, even getting one good photo, especially under those conditions is a successful mission. At about 12:15, the weather gods had officially had enough of being nice, and the rain and wind came. Hard. And that was it. No more eclipse!The bittersweet aspect is that I forgot to bring a 300mm lens, so the max focal length I could get was 275mm. It makes a huge difference in shots like this. It would have been bigger, bolder, and more detailed. I have not stopped thinking about it since =(