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USA Wanderings: Leaving San Francisco

Carrying on from yesterday, we did go and see the play Beach Blanket Babylon. It was fantastic, and if you get a chance to see it then I really recommend it. I didn’t get everything, but the costumes and such were so amazing. It was a visual treat as well as entertaining.

We had planned on having dinner in the city but the car park where we parked the car was closing so we had to leave. We decided to head back home.


As we were leaving we realized that all the sunshine was gone and the city was covered in fog or low clouds, not sure which. I suspect all the same thing really. So you can see we lost the top of the buildings.


As we got on the freeway to head to San Jose a look back at the city revealed all white. The city had disappeared into a blanket of white. Very weird.  Not a great photo, I’m afraid, but I wanted to show you how it looked. Taking photos from a car is never great.


Then as we were going along the freeway you could see the sun setting, but also the fog rolling in. It really was rolling in. I was so fascinated by it. I’ve never seen anything like it. It was so strange. Here fog just sort of appears, it doesn’t come rolling in like this. You could see it moving along. Even now I am totally amazed as I think back to it. I think if I lived there I would be trying to photograph it as much as possible. Though it is easy to say that when you don’t live there, it is like snow I guess, great to visit but a pain to live with.

I have some more photos for you, not many more, and they are pretty much the same thing, just slight differences, I hope you don’t mind.  I hope your weekend is going well. I’m taking it easy, before a busy week.

USA Wanderings: San Francisco

Some much needed sleep has been had and I am feeling so much better now. I slept for 12 hours the other night, it was great.  When I woke the following morning I felt more myself and ready to get out to take photos.

I had prearranged with Dan Shehan to catch up with him and take photos in San Francisco on the third, the Wednesday when I arrived. So into San Francisco I went to meet him. I love meeting people that I have known on the blog, it is fantastic.

I have to admit the only thing I really wanted to see while there was the Golden Gate Bridge. Dan had asked me how I wanted to see the city, as a tourist or a photographer, and I said definitely as a photographer. So he picked a few places for us to go and see the bridge.


My view of the Golden Gate Bridge. I took this out the car window.  Not a great shot, but I kinda like it.  I can’t do too much processing here, the laptop I have with me is very small and it is hard to see exactly what I am doing, so I will have to wait until I get home and my 27inch monitor.

I used the Nikon D750 for most of the day, I think the last night shot I have to show you was taken the D800.


Perhaps having the fog or low cloud is not what a lot of people would like to see, but I loved it. For me it said welcome to San Francisco. I couldn’t believe how fortunate I was to get something like that.  This was taken with the Nikon D750 and Dan lent me his 28-300mm Nikon lens, it will be good to compare it with the Tamron one, which I also used a lot. The Tamron 28-300mm is most definitely the lens I seem to be using the most here.

We took lots of photos of the bridge from different angles, but I won’t bore you with them all now, I do have more for the gallery, but not many. I will bore you with them over the next couple of months.

There are things that I want to do here, and one is to try foods that I’ve heard about, but we don’t really get in Australia. So I asked Dan about an American Cheeseburger, and he suggested we go to Mel’s Diner.


A Diner, such an American thing to me. I loved it, and the cheeseburger was fantastic. I felt like I was in the movie Grease. It seemed a bit like stepping back in time and our waiter really fitted the image I had. Brilliant experience.

We did drive around the steep streets and I saw a cable car, well a couple really. We didn’t go on them, we just looked. We went to the most crooked street in the world. though it was really hard to see it.


Dan took us to the Palace of Fine Arts. I tried the Tamron 15-30mm there on the D750 and it is a great lens. Also a beautiful place to take photos. We were getting the late afternoon sun coming through it and it was giving lovely shadows. Dan and I changed lenses again and I tried taking photos with the Nikon 28-300mm as well.

Then we went down to Crissy Field to see if we could get a sunset image behind the bridge.


We got a little colour, but not a lot. It was because I was there, really. I never seem to get really amazing sunsets. I did like the image above with the container ship heading out to sea.

Our final destination was to take some night shots of the Bay Bridge.


I used the D800 and my 24-70mm for this, as I wanted to do a 4 minute exposure and my intervalometer won’t go on the D750. I was pretty happy with this.

I guess one of the challenges when you are travelling is knowing that you may only get one chance to take photos so you have to take as many images as you can, but at the same time enjoy the experience as well. I think you have to be content with what you get, you might get the perfect conditions, but chances are you won’t, so go with it, it will be your experience of the place.

The time went so fast, and it was sunset before we knew it. It was a great day and I want to thank Dan for showing me around his place. I can tick the Golden Gate Bridge and a cheeseburger off the list now.

I used a lot of the gear that has been loaned to me. The Lowepro Pro Runner AW II is working out well. The Tamron Lens was brilliant and the Joby camera strap I’m trying out has been amazing. I can’t forget my Merrell hiking shoes which were a godsend and kept my feet comfortable all day.

I am way behind in approving comments and responding, but I will get to them. Sorry for the delay.  I’m off again today to Santa Cruz, so another day of taking photos.  Here are the above images and a few more from yesterday.

Weekend Wanderings: Foggy Country Roads

Fog is a great thing to see in winter. It is cold, but it is also very atmospheric and when you see it it’s like you’re separated from the rest of the world. If you are out there on your own it can feel very isolating.

When I was driving back from the Mallee just after I left Woomelang I couldn’t resist the fog anymore and had to pull over. I didn’t want to stop too many times because I had to get to Bev’s house, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to stop a few times.

I do love fog, so it wasn’t a hard call to stop. I hope you like the images as well.

Can I just say, 2 days to go?

Quiet Thursdays: Playing with Images

One thing I have been doing a lot in the last week is playing with a lot more images. Nearly every day I’ve done at least one which has been wonderful. It is something I really enjoy doing, but really haven’t been doing enough of lately. I need to start making more time for it. As a consequence I only have a few photos to show you.

When I show these they are usually ones I’ve done a lot more processing on. I don’t do that with my weekend wanderings post, well, not much anyway. So it is nice to just play and see what I can get.

This is my monochrome madness photo of Hopetoun Falls but I had to do in colour as well. The colour version seemed to get a lot more attention on Google+ which was interesting. I think I like the colour version too, there is something about the greenery.

Last Thursday when I was on my way back to Melbourne from the Mallee I stopped off near Castlemaine and spent some time with Bev from the blog FOZZIE.M. She showed me around where she is. I have been there before, but it is always better when you find someone who knows the area to show it to you.

The first image was an Instagram one. I took some photos of the top of a ‘mountain’ and while having lunch put this one up. We stood there and watched a bank of clouds come rolling in. The second image was taken further down the hill. It was very foggy and when I saw this and made her stop so I could take photos. I love the moodiness of it.

These have been taken from Seaford to Mordialloc at different times this year. I’ve been experimenting with my processes and I like what I’m starting to get from the more landscape style of shots. All of these were done with my reverse processing, and I really like the results. Still doesn’t always work out, but I’m getting there. Another thing I need to get better at is working on small parts of the image, I tend to still look at the big picture and not break it down.

They are all the images I’ve had on Social Media this week as well. A slow week, but lots of writing and organizing has been happening. I’m staying home today to do more and hopefully the Tamron 28-300mm will arrive. The 15-30mm and the Gorillapod arrived yesterday. New toys to play with, I can’t wait. Take it easy today.

Weekend Wanderings: Taking Photos Around the Countryside

A couple of weeks ago I went into the country with a couple of friends driving around and just seeing what we could find. Stopping when we saw something. It is an interesting thing to do and you just never know where you will end up. We stopped often and saw some great scenery.

It is probably one of my favourite things to do. I love just driving around and seeing what we will find. We are never far from the car so you can take all the gear you think you might need and then all the gear you might not need but you never know. It is good that you can just change your lens, but don’t have to worry about carrying everything with you. I call it car boot photography or roadside photography.

It was a foggy morning on this particular day, then it rained, and a lot, but not long after that the sun even came out. We got it all that day. It was a good day and one of those that when you get home you know you have some great shots, and can’t wait to see them. I did take a lot and here is a small sample of some.

Weekend again, I will be spending it getting the magazine ready for you to start purchasing. I hope you have a great weekend taking photos.

Quiet Thursday: Taking it Easy

The weather looked like it could be a total washout this week for my trip to Apollo Bay with Karen from daysandmonths, but we have been very lucky. It has been overcast and there has been rain, but there has been some lovely light too. I hope Karen is enjoying herself and getting some great photos. I know I am, on both counts, and have loved being here with her.

It isn’t the only place I’ve been this week and I have some photos for you now of one or two other places.  I told you I was going into the country areas on Friday with Chris and Chris, and it was another one of those days, first we saw fog, then it rained, then from no where the sun came out. It was great.  No idea where we ended up, but they were nice.  Hopefully we can find them again.

These two images were taken on that day and I have processed them.

I did a couple of photos last night from yesterday.

The first image was taken at Cape Otway. It was a dark sky, and made some moody shots. The second image was taken at night near where we are staying. We had hoped to do the milky way and a clear night sky earlier. Of course by the time we got out there the sky was covered in clouds.  Still, I enjoyed taking some photos of the beach at night.

Next I just have some Instagram photos for you. I keep trying to remember to put some up, but not too many.  I don’t want to drive people nuts with too many photos.  They are from the two trips above and from a trip into the city the other day with Julie from FROG POND FARM. So I will leave it there, need to get ready to show Karen some more of the Great Ocean Road, seems she can’t wait to see the 12 Apostles,I hope she want be disappointed.

Weekend Wanderings: Malmsbury and Getting There

Malmsbury is a little town on the Calder Highway which you go through on the way to Bendigo. Since the Calder Freeway was built the town is bypassed, I don’t know how that has affected the town, but it is still a lovely part of Victoria. There are lots of things to do there, especially if you like photography.

On the way there we couldn’t help stopping to take some photos of what was left of the fog. Winter here really is a great time to take photos. They weren’t of anything special, just things that we liked.

Malmsbury is a small town and one of the biggest things to photograph is the Rail Viaduct. It was built around 1860 and still takes trains, an import part of the route that connects Bendigo to Melbourne. It has quite a few trains on it, but I have to confess, I just kept missing them.


We had a gorgeous winters day for our outing, the sun was shining, a slight chill in the air and we had a very blue sky. We walked around the local park and took photos of the ducks and geese. Then to the viaduct, and then a quick drive around to the reservoir.

I have included a map for you so you can see where Malmsbury is.

I am going to put some photos in a gallery now. It was a great day and nothing like the weekend we are having at the moment. It is cold and wet here and the best place to be is inside. Glad I went out the other day when the weather was nice. I hope you are having better luck with the weather where you are.  I’m going to rug up and stay warm, work on the magazine.