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Stephen Bay @stephenbayphoto

San Diego photography. Landscapes and urban scenes.

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Here's one last photo before my Milky Way photography class. Last week, I went exploring with a few friends and checked out the hiking trails in the Mt Laguna area. Found this shaded little area with a ton of lupines blooming. We left to check out some more areas and then came back here to shoot the Milky Way.

My class is tomorrow (Sunday 6/16) at 1pm at the San Diego Fair in the Veranda Cafe next to the photography exhibit. Will cover the basics of planning and photographing the Milky Way with some advanced topics such as stacking, tracking, and lighting. Free with admission. Come by and say hello.

Technical Info -- This was a somewhat complicated shot to put together. The foreground is a 3 shot focus stack at ISO 640, 20mm, f/11, 1/5s. This was really the hard part as the flowers had a bit of movement due to wind. The sky is 15 shots stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker to reduce noise (all at ISO 3200, f/4, 20mm, 15s). Blended in PS. The tripod and camera were not moved between shots.

#mtlaguna #sdhikers #clevelandnationalforest #mysdphoto #lupines #wildflowers #forest
#milkywaychasers #nightscape #nightscaper #milkyway #nightphotography #nightsky #starrynight #milkywaygalaxy #photopills
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Here's one last photo before my Milky Way photography class. Last week, I went exploring with a few friends and checked out the hiking trails in the Mt Laguna area. Found this shaded little area with a ton of lupines blooming. We left to check out some more areas and then came back here to shoot the Milky Way. My class is tomorrow (Sunday 6/16) at 1pm at the San Diego Fair in the Veranda Cafe next to the photography exhibit. Will cover the basics of planning and photographing the Milky Way with some advanced topics such as stacking, tracking, and lighting. Free with admission. Come by and say hello. Technical Info -- This was a somewhat complicated shot to put together. The foreground is a 3 shot focus stack at ISO 640, 20mm, f/11, 1/5s. This was really the hard part as the flowers had a bit of movement due to wind. The sky is 15 shots stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker to reduce noise (all at ISO 3200, f/4, 20mm, 15s). Blended in PS. The tripod and camera were not moved between

I've been searching for a place to photograph a lone tree set against the backdrop of a night sky. Finally got a chance to do so this past week out in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The
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I've been searching for a place to photograph a lone tree set against the backdrop of a night sky. Finally got a chance to do so this past week out in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. The "cloud" in the shot here is the core of our Milky Way galaxy and the large bright "star" is actually Jupiter. The core is visible to the naked eye but came out exceptionally clear because I used a star tracker to record a 2 minute exposure. FYI -- on June 16, I will be giving a class on Milky Way photography at the San Diego Fair. It's free with admission and will cover the basic of how to plan, shoot, and post-proces Milky Way landscapes plus some advanced topics. Class is at 1pm in the Veranda Cafe (next to the photography exhibit), second floor East Grandstand. #sandiego #sandiego ca #cuyamaca #tree #milkywaychasers #cuyamacaranchostatepark #nightscape #nightscaper #milkyway #nightphotography #nightsky #starrynight #milkywaygalaxy #photopills #milkywayphotography

Yesterday was the artists reception for the photography exhibit at the San Diego County Fair. I had a wonderful time meeting all my friends and connecting with some folks I only knew online. 
I'm also very pleased to announce that I had nine images accepted and that several of my photos won awards.
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Yesterday was the artists reception for the photography exhibit at the San Diego County Fair. I had a wonderful time meeting all my friends and connecting with some folks I only knew online. I'm also very pleased to announce that I had nine images accepted and that several of my photos won awards. "Moonlit triumph", an image that took me two years to plan and make, was awarded first place in the City & Architecture category. I also placed in the At the Fair and Night photography categories with my works "At the races" and "Juniper & Monolith". Finally I received an honorable mention for my photograph of the poppy bloom at Lake Elsinore for the Fair Theme (Wizard of Oz) category. Thank you all for your support.

Bioluminescent algae is back around the La Jolla coast! It wasn't as strong last night as last year but still something to see and perhaps the algae will bloom a bit more.

This is a single exposure, not a composite image. EXIF: ISO 3200, 25mm, f/2.0, 8s.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #10news #lajolla #torreypinesbeach #torreypines #bioluminescence #bioluminescent #algae #torreypinesstatebeach #mysdphoto #viewsandiego #sdpulse #visitsd #bestofsandiego #allthingsSD #fox5sandiego #wheresandiego
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Bioluminescent algae is back around the La Jolla coast! It wasn't as strong last night as last year but still something to see and perhaps the algae will bloom a bit more. This is a single exposure, not a composite image. EXIF: ISO 3200, 25mm, f/2.0, 8s. #sandiego #sandiego ca #10news #lajolla #torreypinesbeach #torreypines #bioluminescence #bioluminescent #algae #torreypinesstatebeach #mysdphoto #viewsandiego #sdpulse #visitsd #bestofsandiego #allthingsSD #fox5sandiego #wheresandiego

Doing some night exploring in the desert with @highdynamicsphoto. This is the water tower at the abandoned Dos Cabezas Railroad Station, located about 1-2 hours east of San Diego. There's not much left here, besides the tower and tracks there are just a few concrete remains of buildings that have been demolished.

Technical Info

This is blend for exposure (sky) and a focus stack for the foreground.

Sky: 25mm, ISO 1600, f/2, 13s x 18
Foreground, 25mm, ISO 1600, f/4, 73s x 8

Foreground shot just before moonset with a 60% moon. Milky way shot about 20 minutes later after the moon went behind the mountains on the horizon (I think technically this was still before moonset). Sky stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker.

#astrophotography #milkyway #nightphotography #milkywaychasers #nightscaper #starrynight #weownthenight_ca #ig_astrophotography #anzaborrego #anzaborregodesertstatepark #abandoned #watertower #abandonedpalces #decay #abandoned_junkies #sandiego
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Doing some night exploring in the desert with @highdynamicsphoto. This is the water tower at the abandoned Dos Cabezas Railroad Station, located about 1-2 hours east of San Diego. There's not much left here, besides the tower and tracks there are just a few concrete remains of buildings that have been demolished. Technical Info This is blend for exposure (sky) and a focus stack for the foreground. Sky: 25mm, ISO 1600, f/2, 13s x 18 Foreground, 25mm, ISO 1600, f/4, 73s x 8 Foreground shot just before moonset with a 60% moon. Milky way shot about 20 minutes later after the moon went behind the mountains on the horizon (I think technically this was still before moonset). Sky stacked in Starry Landscape Stacker. #astrophotography #milkyway #nightphotography #milkywaychasers #nightscaper #starrynight #weownthenight ca #ig astrophotography #anzaborrego #anzaborregodesertstatepark #abandoned #watertower #abandonedpalces #decay #abandoned junkies #sandiego

Sunset last night from Mission Bay. I had about an hour to kill before heading out to the desert with @highdynamicsphoto for some Milky Way photography. Saw the clouds and decided to skip dinner to catch this. A nice change from all the May gray. Happy Mother's Day everyone.

Technical.

This is a single exposure, ISO 100, 27mm, f/16, 1/5s. Some minor highlight recovery in Lightroom, then off to Photoshop to adjust contrast and tones with a few luminosity masks. Back to LR with some local dodging and burning and finished off with a strong orton effect. Feel free to ask me anything about my processing.

Cropped for IG

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #clouds #missionbay #sunset #deanzacove
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Sunset last night from Mission Bay. I had about an hour to kill before heading out to the desert with @highdynamicsphoto for some Milky Way photography. Saw the clouds and decided to skip dinner to catch this. A nice change from all the May gray. Happy Mother's Day everyone. Technical. This is a single exposure, ISO 100, 27mm, f/16, 1/5s. Some minor highlight recovery in Lightroom, then off to Photoshop to adjust contrast and tones with a few luminosity masks. Back to LR with some local dodging and burning and finished off with a strong orton effect. Feel free to ask me anything about my processing. Cropped for IG #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #clouds #missionbay #sunset #deanzacove

Some cotton candy skies yesterday over downtown. Perhaps a sign of what I'll be eating at the fair? Taken from Shelter Island.

#sandiego #sandieg_ca #sandiegowx #10news #clouds #cottoncandyclouds #sandiegoskyline #mysdphoto #cloudscape
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Some cotton candy skies yesterday over downtown. Perhaps a sign of what I'll be eating at the fair? Taken from Shelter Island. #sandiego #sandieg ca #sandiegowx #10news #clouds #cottoncandyclouds #sandiegoskyline #mysdphoto #cloudscape

After I took my previous photo of the moon setting in La Jolla, I ran over and caught a marvelous sunrise from on the sea wall protecting the Children's Cove. This is from about a week and a half ago.

With @kamalavenkateshphotography check out her feed

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #lajolla #childrenspoolbeach #sunrise #seawall #childrenspool

Technical info: This is 3 bracketed shots at ISO 100, 16mm, f/11, 0.4s, 0.2s, 0.1s. I wanted to experiment a bit so I used the Blend-IF functionality in PS to recover the burnt out spots in the sky in the brightest image instead of my usual masking techniques (freehand layer masks or luminosity-masks).
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After I took my previous photo of the moon setting in La Jolla, I ran over and caught a marvelous sunrise from on the sea wall protecting the Children's Cove. This is from about a week and a half ago. With @kamalavenkateshphotography check out her feed #sandiego #sandiego ca #lajolla #childrenspoolbeach #sunrise #seawall #childrenspool Technical info: This is 3 bracketed shots at ISO 100, 16mm, f/11, 0.4s, 0.2s, 0.1s. I wanted to experiment a bit so I used the Blend-IF functionality in PS to recover the burnt out spots in the sky in the brightest image instead of my usual masking techniques (freehand layer masks or luminosity-masks).

The full moon setting over the Children's pool this morning. @kamalavenkateshphotography and I have been talking about shooting the moon setting over the Children's pool for at least a year, maybe even two years now. But we never managed to do so. Bad weather or schedule conflicts or sometimes just wanting a little more sleep.

Last night we checked the weather forecast and although it wasn't really promising with 40% cloud cover forecasted we decided to come out at anyway just because you never know. Got here a little bit after 5AM and the weather conditions were perfect. A slight haze to soften the moon but it stayed visible almost to the horizon.

Cropped for IG

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #lajolla #childrenspoolbeach #fullmoon #moonset #moon #moonlight
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The full moon setting over the Children's pool this morning. @kamalavenkateshphotography and I have been talking about shooting the moon setting over the Children's pool for at least a year, maybe even two years now. But we never managed to do so. Bad weather or schedule conflicts or sometimes just wanting a little more sleep. Last night we checked the weather forecast and although it wasn't really promising with 40% cloud cover forecasted we decided to come out at anyway just because you never know. Got here a little bit after 5AM and the weather conditions were perfect. A slight haze to soften the moon but it stayed visible almost to the horizon. Cropped for IG #sandiego #sandiego ca #lajolla #childrenspoolbeach #fullmoon #moonset #moon #moonlight

Sunset from near the Children's Pool in La Jolla. I believe the white flowers are marguerite daisies. This is from about a week or two ago. I also ran into @priyanka.haldar18 right here, check out her feed.

Technical Info -- This is a blend of 5 images for focus and exposure. I used three images all shot at ISO 100, 16mm, f/11 and 1.3s to capture the scene with focus varying from the closest flower to halfway down the hill. I used two more images at 0.6s and 0.25s to fix the burnout in the sky. 
#sandiego #sandiego_ca #lajolla #lajollasunset #sunrise_sunsets #californiawildflowers #wildcalifornia #margueritedaisy #parisdaisy
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Sunset from near the Children's Pool in La Jolla. I believe the white flowers are marguerite daisies. This is from about a week or two ago. I also ran into @priyanka.haldar18 right here, check out her feed. Technical Info -- This is a blend of 5 images for focus and exposure. I used three images all shot at ISO 100, 16mm, f/11 and 1.3s to capture the scene with focus varying from the closest flower to halfway down the hill. I used two more images at 0.6s and 0.25s to fix the burnout in the sky. #sandiego #sandiego ca #lajolla #lajollasunset #sunrise sunsets #californiawildflowers #wildcalifornia #margueritedaisy #parisdaisy

Cherry blossoms in the Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. I came out on this past Monday but I didn't see this composition until right at closing. Came back Wednesday to reshoot. 
First image is a crop, swipe right to see the full pano.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #cherryblossom #japanesegarden #balboapark
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Cherry blossoms in the Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. I came out on this past Monday but I didn't see this composition until right at closing. Came back Wednesday to reshoot. First image is a crop, swipe right to see the full pano. #sandiego #sandiego ca #cherryblossom #japanesegarden #balboapark

A pretty amazing sunset tonight at my favorite neighborhood, Sunset Cliffs, of course!

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sunsetcliffs #sunrise_sunsets #californiawildflowers #exploresandiego #visitsandiego #10news #sunset #sosandiego #flowers
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A pretty amazing sunset tonight at my favorite neighborhood, Sunset Cliffs, of course! #sandiego #sandiego ca #sunsetcliffs #sunrise sunsets #californiawildflowers #exploresandiego #visitsandiego #10news #sunset #sosandiego #flowers

This is Broken Hill in Torrey Pines. I came here a few times over the past week to get some hiking in as well as photography. I made a bunch of small tweaks to my composition on repeated visits.

I don't normally shoot for BW but visiting San Diego City College for Photo 360 started getting me thinking about it (they have some awesome facilities for it). In the past, I've never did much more than the occasional picture but I think I'm going to make a concerted effort now.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #lajolla #torreypines #torreypinesstatereserve #brokenhill #blackandwhite
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This is Broken Hill in Torrey Pines. I came here a few times over the past week to get some hiking in as well as photography. I made a bunch of small tweaks to my composition on repeated visits. I don't normally shoot for BW but visiting San Diego City College for Photo 360 started getting me thinking about it (they have some awesome facilities for it). In the past, I've never did much more than the occasional picture but I think I'm going to make a concerted effort now. #sandiego #sandiego ca #lajolla #torreypines #torreypinesstatereserve #brokenhill #blackandwhite

Sunrise this morning from downtown San Diego.

Here's a sunrise henge to go along with my previous moon henge shot. Twice a year the sunrise lines up with the street grid downtown (which runs east-west). I think the exact day that the sun rises due east is the equinox on March 20, however this particular street is slightly misaligned so it's best a day or two later. 
I'm not sure where these shots first became popular, maybe NYC with Manhattan Henge? But we definitely have a good San Diego Henge too. 
I originally tried to get this shot last year but missed it due to a combination of visiting guests and clouds. The forecast for this morning was actually for heavy cloud cover so I'm glad I ignored it.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #10news #sandiegohenge #sunrise #downtownsandiego #downtownsd #mysdphoto #sdlife #sandiegowx #bestofsandiego
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Sunrise this morning from downtown San Diego. Here's a sunrise henge to go along with my previous moon henge shot. Twice a year the sunrise lines up with the street grid downtown (which runs east-west). I think the exact day that the sun rises due east is the equinox on March 20, however this particular street is slightly misaligned so it's best a day or two later. I'm not sure where these shots first became popular, maybe NYC with Manhattan Henge? But we definitely have a good San Diego Henge too. I originally tried to get this shot last year but missed it due to a combination of visiting guests and clouds. The forecast for this morning was actually for heavy cloud cover so I'm glad I ignored it. #sandiego #sandiego ca #10news #sandiegohenge #sunrise #downtownsandiego #downtownsd #mysdphoto #sdlife #sandiegowx #bestofsandiego

Moon Henge at Scripps Pier

This is the moon setting at Scripps Pier. Taken today at 5:25AM.

You may have heard of Scripps Henge, where a huge crowd of people gather to watch the sunset line up perfectly with the pilings of Scripps Pier. Well I don't think I'll ever be able to photograph that because I really don't like dealing with huge crowds (it's really crazy). So instead I sought out an alignment with the setting moon and luckily captured it early this morning. Nobody else was around, so managed to enjoy it alone.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #10news #lajolla #scrippspier #scrippshenge #moonset #scripps #moon #pier
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Moon Henge at Scripps Pier This is the moon setting at Scripps Pier. Taken today at 5:25AM. You may have heard of Scripps Henge, where a huge crowd of people gather to watch the sunset line up perfectly with the pilings of Scripps Pier. Well I don't think I'll ever be able to photograph that because I really don't like dealing with huge crowds (it's really crazy). So instead I sought out an alignment with the setting moon and luckily captured it early this morning. Nobody else was around, so managed to enjoy it alone. #sandiego #sandiego ca #10news #lajolla #scrippspier #scrippshenge #moonset #scripps #moon #pier

Here's another shot I took at the poppy fields in Lake Elsinore. 
Some tips if you go and visit: (1) The poppies start right by the road side (walker canyon road) but are accessible for miles on trails into back hills. So you can expend whatever level of effort you want (2) It's really crowded right now, I'd recommend going on a weekday if possible. (3) Poppies close up at night (nyctinasty) so if you want to see them open, go well before late afternoon. (4) Stay on the trails. I know it's tempting to walk through the flowers for the perfect photo but the poppies are literally being trampled to death.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #lakeelsinore #walkercanyon #superbloom #wildflowers #poppies #orange #californiapoppy #californiapoppies
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Here's another shot I took at the poppy fields in Lake Elsinore. Some tips if you go and visit: (1) The poppies start right by the road side (walker canyon road) but are accessible for miles on trails into back hills. So you can expend whatever level of effort you want (2) It's really crowded right now, I'd recommend going on a weekday if possible. (3) Poppies close up at night (nyctinasty) so if you want to see them open, go well before late afternoon. (4) Stay on the trails. I know it's tempting to walk through the flowers for the perfect photo but the poppies are literally being trampled to death. #sandiego #sandiego ca #lakeelsinore #walkercanyon #superbloom #wildflowers #poppies #orange #californiapoppy #californiapoppies

The poppies are really blooming right now and they are just so thick on the hillsides. This is from Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore -- its definitely worth the drive from San Diego.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #lakeelsinore #walkercanyon #superbloom #wildflowers #poppies #orange #californiapoppy
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The poppies are really blooming right now and they are just so thick on the hillsides. This is from Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore -- its definitely worth the drive from San Diego. #sandiego #sandiego ca #lakeelsinore #walkercanyon #superbloom #wildflowers #poppies #orange #californiapoppy

Tonight's sunset from Glorietta Bay in Coronado. I'm somewhat at loss for words as to how to describe this cloud that caught the very last rays of light. Just incredible.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #coronado #gloriettabay #sunsets #reflections #sunset_madness #skylovers #clouds #marina #sunsetlovers #sky_brilliance #ig_color #sky_captures #sunsetsniper #sunset_stream #jaw_dropping_shots #sky_captures
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Tonight's sunset from Glorietta Bay in Coronado. I'm somewhat at loss for words as to how to describe this cloud that caught the very last rays of light. Just incredible. #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #coronado #gloriettabay #sunsets #reflections #sunset madness #skylovers #clouds #marina #sunsetlovers #sky brilliance #ig color #sky captures #sunsetsniper #sunset stream #jaw dropping shots #sky captures

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