Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Sunrise of this Decade 12-31-2009

I actually wanted to photograph the moonset this morning, but there was too much cloud cover. I arrived on Treasure Island by 6:10AM, never saw the moon. I was surprised that the Embarcadero Buildings were not lit with the Holiday Lights. Looks like they are trying to save electricity. I waited in my car until dawn and then there was a beautiful fiery sunrise. The color lasted for about 5 minutes. The last sunrise of the decade was truly special.
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Eastern Span Bay Bridge at Sunrise – the Last for 2009




Last Sunrise of this decade from Treasure Island on New Years Eve – December 31, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Favorite/Best Photographs of 2009

I was inspired last year when Dan Mitchell and Jim Goldstein, posted their best of the year images. Unfortunately I did not get out as much I would have liked in 2009 and therefore the variety of images is limited. I created a photo set on flickr for my best of 2009, not necessarily the “BEST”, but images making it into the set were selected as follows:
  • I got a lot of positive feedback on them.

  • Memories or circumstances in which it was made and where I was when the image was taken.

  • Just because I like it.

  • Bay Bridge at Sunset




    San Francisco Bay Bridge from Treasure Island on Christmas Day – December 25, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .



    Magical Sunset – Gates of the Valley


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    Winter Yosemite Valley View – December 8, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Black Oak Fall Colors at Bridal Veil Falls


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    Fall comes to Yosemite Valley – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Siesta Lake shows off glowing October Colors


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    Siesta Lake – can be found along the Tioga Pass Road – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Sunrise in the Buttermilks


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    Eastern Sierra Fall Colors were asleep – alternative was to shoot a sunrise in the Buttermilks – October 8, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Last of the June Lake Fall Colors


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    Driving around the June Lake Loop I came across this Reflection – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Reflection Abstract


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    Aspen Trees reflecting on a pond in a light breeze – October 7, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Windsurfer


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    Summer Fun – Windsurfer is catching the waves at Waddell Beach – August 24, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Green Pond


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    Pond hidden from the fast pace - Yosemite – June 13, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Yosemite Valley in Winter


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    Merced River after a Winter Storm - Yosemite – February 14, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Dogwood is blooming in Yosemite Valley


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    Blooming Dogwood – May 9, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    My Bear encounter in Yosemite


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    Bear Meadow – June 23, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    These are 12 of my favorites, and the balance can be seen here:
    Best of 2009


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    San Francisco Skyline from Treasure Island

    Drove to Treasure Island on Christmas Day to shoot the sunset…….




    San Francisco at Sunset on Christmas Day – December 25, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Saturday, December 19, 2009

    Season's Greetings




    Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year © Copyright Inge Fernau .



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    Wednesday, December 09, 2009

    First Snow of 2009 in Yosemite

    Watching the weather with excitement and knowing that there will be snow in Yosemite, it was almost impossible to make arrangements to get there on Tuesday. A rental SUV was not in my current budget, other photographer friends could not make it…..My only real option was to ask my daughter in law and my son to swap cars for a day. They have a Toyota 4-runner. Yeahhhhh and thank you my dear family! I carefully planned around not going during the storm, since I could not stay overnight. I choose to take highway 140 and my trip started at 3:45AM, because I figured with the low snow levels and the freeze warnings I needed extra driving time. I saw the first signs of frost on highway 99 and slowed down. I saw evidence of snow and ice starting in Merced. There was even reminiscence of snow in the Merced River Canyon; I never seen that before.


    My first image of the day was to shoot the snow covered Yosemite Chapel. When entering the park the temperature was 11°F. Arrived at the Chapel just before 8AM, set up the camera and…. I had equipment failure….eh I mean people failure, my camera was locked into an f-stop of 5.6 and nothing I could do would change that. Thinking it was the cold, I was mad and disappointed at the same time, all this planning and my camera was messed up. What a great start! I switched over to my other cameras and took a couple of images. A lot of the snow had already slipped off of the Chapels roof and the oak tree had lost some of it due to wind the night before.


    From here I drove to the Yosemite Village and parked the 4-runner for a while to calm down and check my camera again. What I found was that it was ME causing this lock-up. I pressed a button on the camera that locks the f-stop, dah. Happy again, I started driving the loop and found all kinds of photo ops. I love taking images of the snow covered trees and the partially frozen Merced River. As I was making my way through the park, one of my stops was – you guessed it – the iconic Gates of the Valley. Here I finally met Edie Howe a photographer living in Yosemite. We had been in contact via twitter and flickr, but managed to miss each other when I visited Yosemite. I just yelled hey Edie, Inge here… and we hit it off like we knew each other for years. I followed her to a few of her favorite spots. Fell once in the snow, but Edie was very helpful and I enjoyed every moment with this talented photographer.


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    Winter Yosemite Valley View – December 8, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Winter Wonderland – El Capitan Meadow – Yosemite national Park – December 8, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    The sky at the Gates of the Valley was bright blue; not a cloud in sight. But I was told that things can change quickly and sure enough by the time sunset rolled around, clouds came in. Edie and I hooked up again for sunset at the Gates of the Valley. The area was crowded with other photographers waiting for the light. Some of them walked right into our frames. Around 4:20PM I had already given up – not listening to Edie – and packed it in. I hear her yelling something about the light. When I looked over, I saw the show. I hurried up and set up again, thanks to Edie I was able to get the magical light. Check out Edie’s collection of this moment Wait it out


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    Gates of the Valley in Blue – Yosemite national Park – December 8, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Gates of the Valley waiting for the light – Yosemite national Park – December 8, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Gates of the Valley show over so I thought - WRONG – Yosemite national Park – December 8, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Made it back home around 8:40PM, tired and sore from all that driving, but completely excited with all the images I got to take with me. Winter in Yosemite is truly magical and it brings out the Christmas spirit of peace. Leaving all of you with the final image of the day and hope all of you have a Merry Christmas.


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    Magical Sunset in Winter Wonderland – Gates of the Valley – Yosemite national Park – December 8, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .



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    Sunday, November 29, 2009

    Not too late for Fall Colors

    When driving to the town of Clearlake on Thanksgiving, I saw plenty of fall colors in the Napa Valley Wine Country and in Lake County. Amazingly the Oak trees still had bright yellow leaves and a few vineyards were displaying the full fall color spectrum.


    I drove back to catch some of the lasting color on Saturday. I was up at a pre-scoped out spot by sunrise, withstanding the howling wind. The storm and wind from the previous day had littered the roads with leaves and branches. Wind was an issue all day and a lot of my images show motion blur because of it. I drove around “newly” discovered back roads in Lake County and I have so much more to see. Besides vineyards there are hill sides covered with oak trees; real eye candy.


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    Vineyard in full fall color – November 28, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Bright yellow leaf orchard – November 28, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Friday, November 20, 2009

    PhotoShelter Gallery

    Testing out the slide show feature. Still have a lot of work to do on my PhotoShelter website until I can sell and license my images using this stock photo site.




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    Thursday, November 19, 2009

    Surfer Dude

    When I heard about the “high surf warning” last week, I got into my car on Saturday to catch some windsurfers – so I thought. When I got to the beach, no surfers, low tide…..I should have checked the tide tables before I drove all the way to the coast.
    Learning from this I got up early the next day (Sunday) to get to the coast by the time high tide hit. I found a lot of surfers in the water enjoying the waves. Not very high waves I must say. Not one windsurfer or kite boarder around. Still I took over 500 images using a 100-400mm lens with a 1.4 extender, giving me a total of 560mm focal length. It is fun looking through the images to see what I actually got, because whenever the surfers caught a wave I kept on clicking away until they scrubbed.
    The image below is a tight crop, the surfer almost jumped out of my frame, so no cropping on the top.


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    Catching the Wave – November 15, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Wednesday, November 04, 2009

    Yosemite Valley and beyond October 30, 2009

    Wednesday’s day trip to Yosemite did not happen – too tired, too much wind & Tioga Pass closed; one of the images I wanted to take was at Siesta Lake along the Tioga Road.


    The urge to go, however, festered and Friday 10/30 was it, I just had to get up and go. Overall I could have turned around and go back to sleep when my alarm went off, but I am too nosey and have to see for myself. In hindsight, I should have taken all the images I wanted on Monday, but I ran out of light… :-(
    On the road at 3:30AM (took hwy 120 this time). Stopped in Oakdale for gas and at Denny’s for a breakfast to go. Was by the Yosemite Chapel at 6:50AM and dawn was just breaking.
    I drove to the Yosemite Village Parking lot and ate my breakfast. The trees that would be in full color in front of the store were already bare……


    So, I started my valley loop around 7:30AM. Most of the dogwoods around the village are either green-brown, light yellow or bare. The elm tree in Cooks meadow is just about bare. The oak trees are at peak (orange-brown or 50% bare) I had a morning image planned here but skipped it based on these conditions. Some of the other places I had scoped out on Monday were now past peak or bare. The oak behind the chapel is about 75% bare and the color is deep orange-brown.


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    Fall Colors along a trail with a view of the three brothers – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Dogwoods around the valley look like they are going to the yellow-brown stage. There are a few colorful trees here and there, but I did not stop for them. At Fern Spring I could see the damage the wind has done. A lot of green leaves were ripped off of the trees and were now on the ground. The spring itself was full of leaves, but not what I had pictured it to be. I have an image from 2008 where the whole small pond is covered in leaves.


    I left the valley to drive to Siesta Lake at ~8,000 ft. I wanted a shot of the lake and its October ring of red blueberry bushes. They were somewhat past peak and part of the lake was frozen, but I think I got a few good reflections on the unfrozen parts. From here I turned around and drove into the Merced River Canyon. You will find great color along highway 140 and Incline Road, but it is difficult to get a good shot, not unless you want to rock hop or stand in the river. I found a couple of areas along Incline Road where I could stop and shoot. For most of it I just enjoyed the drive amongst the color.


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    Siesta Lake – Yosemite National Park – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Siesta Lake Reflections – Yosemite National Park – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Siesta Lake – Yosemite National Park – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Merced River Reflections – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Yellow Fall Wildflower found along Incline Road outside of Yosemite – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .



    Back to the valley by 1:30PM for one more loop. I got a great shot of Bridalveil Falls and a yellow oak right from the parking lot. The afternoon sun was back lighting the oaks in El Capitan meadow and I shot here for a while. Most of them were orange-brown with a few yellow ones. A few of them were already 50% bare.


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    Bridalveil Falls – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Black Oak El Capitan Meadow – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Colorful leaves on shrubs found in El Capitan Meadow – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Taking highway 120 to leave the park, I came upon a bear jam, with cars parking in the middle of the road – I did not stop this time, the bear was up on a hill and there was no way to pull over. I had to drive into on-coming traffic to get by. The dogwoods along Highway 120 west of Crane Flat were bare. I had planned on shooting them…….too late. There may be some colorful ones left in the Merced or Tuolumne Groves.
    A few colorful spots can be found along hwy 120 and I took the Smith Station Road - J132 to Coulterville. This was a beautiful drive, the road is littered with yellow oaks (but no way to stop), and I just enjoyed the colorful ride to hwy 49. Back home at 7:45PM.


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    Black Oak Leaves – October 30, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Tuesday, November 03, 2009

    Yosemite Valley and beyond October 26, 2009

    Well I did a crazy on Monday 10/26; I drove to Yosemite - left the house around 11AM. One of those short circuit decisions….Before I got to Yosemite I stopped in Mariposa, where I saw this extremely colorful tree. Don’t know the name, but it was glowing in all shades of red and orange.


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    Colorful leaf along a rest stop in Mariposa – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Highway 140 along the Merced River has some nice color and worth trying to find a spot to be able to take images. A little harder for me, since I cannot rock hop or climb down a cliff….. I scoped out where to take images on Wednesday along the Merced River Canyon.


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    Highway 140 – Merced River Canyon – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Big Leaf Maple and Black Oak shine along the Merced River – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    Photographed the oak behind the chapel; color was already orange, not yellow :-(
    I didn’t think it would survive the winds on Tuesday and Wednesday, as it was, even with a light breeze, the oaks dropped leaves like rain. I also grabbed an image of the Yosemite Falls with a colorful Black Oak.


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    Yosemite Chapel – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Yosemite Falls View – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    The area around Fern Spring was very colorful and I spend some time shooting here as well.


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    Hiking Trail by the Merced River – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Fall Color Road – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    The oaks in Cooks and El Capitan Meadows were at peak. I had a feeling that the places where I wanted to take images had progressed faster than I had anticipated – and I was right!


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    Elm Tree and Half Dome – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Colorful Black Oaks – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    I stopped for some sunset shots at an overlook to see the damage the Big Meadow fire caused. It was amazing to see how a few trees were untouched by the fire and other areas were devastated. I missed however much better sunset clouds - was in an area where I could not pull over....Got back home at 9:40PM.


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    Area of the Big Meadow Fire – October 26, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Saturday, October 24, 2009

    Yosemite Valley Fall Colors October 22, 2009

    Yosemite Valley was crowded for a Thursday. ROADWORK - I got stuck waiting for a flagman to let a caravan of cars going thru between Crane Flat and the Foresta Road. 90% of the big-leaf maples are at peak, with some of the losing their leaves. The dogwoods are at peak around the 5000 to 6000 foot elevation along Highways 41 and 120, and there are some red ones there as well. In the valley the dogwoods are about 50% turned. Most of them are a light yellow and only a very few are pink or red. Best places were Curry Village, Valley View, and Fern Spring areas. The Oaks seem to turn fast, I’ve seen a lot more yellow in them than 6 days ago. All the leaves appear to barely hang on, a light breeze in the valley yesterday and they were dropping. The light was harsh when I got to the valley and I was not going to stay until 5PM. The Merced River Canyon is coming along with great colors as well, but time to shoot here is in the morning (before noon).


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    Colorful Big-Leaf Maple along the Merced River – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Motion Blur – October 22, 2009. I have seen this before and wanted to try taking a photo while driving to create this blurry image. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Black Oak in the shadow of Giants – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .




    Black Oak Leaves – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Dogwoods in Color – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Eastern Sierra Fall Colors October 22, 2009

    I made one LAST whirlwind trip to the Eastern Sierra on Thursday, October 22. I had heard from Kahlee on Monday that there was still color at Silver Lake, but that is was also snowing up there. A cold snap can turn these precious leaves black over night. My goal was to visit the June Lake Loop and the Lee Vining Canyon. On the road at 3AM, a short stop at the Whoa Nellie Deli for my last breakfast to go in 2009 and then straight to Silver Lake. Saw a bunch of photog’s hiking up the Parker Peak hillside area. This one still had a lot of orange. It was 25°F at 7:45AM when I got out of my car and there were frozen leaves around the shores of the lake. A lot of the leaves had been blown off by the recent storms and the trees by the picnic area had mostly black leaves or were bare. Overall there was still some color to be found, but I had to look for it. It became difficult to keep brown or black leaves out of my frames.




    A beauty amongst the frozen – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    A Cold Morning at Silver Lake – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .




    FROZEN – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Fall Color Reflection at Silver Lake – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .




    Fall Color Reflection at Gull Lake – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    The Lee Vining Canyon was hit harder by the cold spells. About 75% of the jeaves had turned black or the trees were bare. At the start of the Poole Power Plant road there was a nice section of aspens, but there were black leaved ones as well. Other areas by the campgrounds were almost all black. I did not spend much time in the Lee Vining Canyon, as far as I am concerned fall is done here. There is a nice stand of Aspens on the way down to Lee Vining along highway 120 and another one just past the Tioga Lodge on US 395. I made the decision to drive back to the Yosemite Valley by 11:30AM.




    Majestic View - Eastern Sierra – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .




    Small Aspen Grove along highway 120 – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    On my way back over the Tioga Pass I came across a few aspen trees around the Yosemite Creek area and one that really lit up in the midday sun. It was along a turnout close to the Lukens Lake trail head parking. There are a couple of more niceAspen stands close by the Tuolumne Grove. The black oaks along the Tioga road are at peak.


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    Aspen light up in the Midday Sun – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


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    Aspen light up in the Midday Sun – October 22, 2009. © Copyright Inge Fernau .


    You will find the continuation of my report on Yosemite here:


    Yosemite Fall Colors October 22, 2009


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