ABOVE - Nikon D4s with 17-35mm f/2.8 Nikkor Lens - 30 minute exposure @f/11 - ISO 1600 - Auto White Balance - High Noise Reduction for long exposures on (in-camera setting). I used a remote shutter release on "BULB" - Manfrotto 546B Tripod with Sunwayfoto Panorama Gimbal Head.
Santa Barbara is a beautiful place. It's home to some of the most beautiful views of the Channel Islands (Santa Cruz in particular) and like Malibu some 50 miles to the south, it offers a cliff-side vantage point to view the mighty Pacific Ocean.
I took my several ultra-wide and ultra-long lens to Santa Barbara with two very different shots in mind. What I got was a group of photos that I haven't shared with anyone until now... they are close to my heart as prime examples of knowing exactly what you want to shoot and how you want to shoot it - and the outcome is better then you had ever imagined.
The blurry light area in the left of the frame that runs top to the bottom of the sky (where the sky meets the ocean) is the Milky Way.
ABOVE - Nikon D4s with 80-200mm f/2.8 Nikkor Lens (AF-S) - f/2.8 - 1/8000 sec - ISO-160 - Daylight White Balance - shot hand-held.
I wanted to capture a golden California sunset where the air is so heavy with yellow light that you'd think the world was on fire.
ABOVE - Nikon D4s with 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor Lens - ISO 1600 - 12.5 minute exposure at f/22- Auto White Balance - High Noise Reduction for long exposures on (in-camera setting). I used a remote shutter release on "BULB" - Manfrotto 546B Tripod with Sunwayfoto Panorama Gimbal Head.
I wanted to try 15 and 30 minute exposures of star spin at the edge of one of the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean - with Santa Cruz in the distance.
It is notable that in the image above the brightest streak in the sky is Venus.
I hope you enjoy them!