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Stephen Bay @stephenbayphoto

San Diego photography. Landscapes and urban scenes.

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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
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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

I never thought I'd see a waterfall this strong in San Diego county. On Friday, I took advantage of all the rain to do some exploring of waterfalls in Cuyamaca State Park (Green Valley Falls). Just an incredible amount of flow and it was awesome being there with roaring sound and water spraying. I owe thanks to my friend Michele who got me away from my computer!

Cropped for IG.

This is a single exposure, ISO 100, 16mm, f/11, 0.5s. 3-stop ND + polarizer

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #waterfall #waterfalls #cuyamacaranchostatepark #greenvalleyfalls #sandiegocounty #wheresandiego
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I never thought I'd see a waterfall this strong in San Diego county. On Friday, I took advantage of all the rain to do some exploring of waterfalls in Cuyamaca State Park (Green Valley Falls). Just an incredible amount of flow and it was awesome being there with roaring sound and water spraying. I owe thanks to my friend Michele who got me away from my computer! Cropped for IG. This is a single exposure, ISO 100, 16mm, f/11, 0.5s. 3-stop ND + polarizer #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #waterfall #waterfalls #cuyamacaranchostatepark #greenvalleyfalls #sandiegocounty #wheresandiego

The Milky Way is now visible at night in the hours just before dawn. I've made a few trips out to photograph it since the new year but had no luck due to clouds obscuring the view. So I thought I'd share this image taken last summer at Joshua Tree. One of the things that I love about Joshua Tree is that there are so many different compositions available with the giant rocks located all over the park. 
This was shot on a trip with @highdynamicsphoto. He had scouted this area on a prior visit and wanted to return to shoot the MW here. So I just tagged along without doing much planning myself. I've shot quite a few times with Chris and one thing that surprises me is that our compositions and final images are often totally different even when we are shooting the same subject.

This is a stacked pano. 4x1 for the sky @25mm f/2.8, 13s, ISO 1600. The foreground is 6 stacked shots @25mm f/3.5, 60s, ISO 1600. 
#joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #nationalparkgeek #milkyway #nightscapes #milkywaychasers #lightchasersworld #astrophotography #jumborocks #jumborockscampground
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The Milky Way is now visible at night in the hours just before dawn. I've made a few trips out to photograph it since the new year but had no luck due to clouds obscuring the view. So I thought I'd share this image taken last summer at Joshua Tree. One of the things that I love about Joshua Tree is that there are so many different compositions available with the giant rocks located all over the park. This was shot on a trip with @highdynamicsphoto. He had scouted this area on a prior visit and wanted to return to shoot the MW here. So I just tagged along without doing much planning myself. I've shot quite a few times with Chris and one thing that surprises me is that our compositions and final images are often totally different even when we are shooting the same subject. This is a stacked pano. 4x1 for the sky @25mm f/2.8, 13s, ISO 1600. The foreground is 6 stacked shots @25mm f/3.5, 60s, ISO 1600. #joshuatree #joshuatreenationalpark #nationalparkgeek #milkyway #nightscapes

Hope everyone is having a great Sunday. I took advantage of the rain and overcast sky to do some exploring in Mission Trails. Found this small but peaceful waterfall. This is the shot from the video in my story

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #waterfall #waterfalls #missiontrails missiontrailsregionalpark #overcast #overcastday
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Hope everyone is having a great Sunday. I took advantage of the rain and overcast sky to do some exploring in Mission Trails. Found this small but peaceful waterfall. This is the shot from the video in my story #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #waterfall #waterfalls #missiontrails missiontrailsregionalpark #overcast #overcastday

Tonight's sunset from Pacific Beach. I have to admit, this shot was a bit of an accident. I actually came out here to test some camera gear with no expectation of a stunning sunset. But as I was taking test shots, the sky starting lighting up and I went oh crap, better switch my lens to a wide angle. Then since I was on the other side of the pier, had to run to the north to get the clouds in the right spot. Only got one or two shots before the light faded.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #pacificbeach #pacificbeachsandiego #crystalpier #theresandiego #sandiegophotos #sandiegomag #sandiegosunset #sandiegobeach
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Tonight's sunset from Pacific Beach. I have to admit, this shot was a bit of an accident. I actually came out here to test some camera gear with no expectation of a stunning sunset. But as I was taking test shots, the sky starting lighting up and I went oh crap, better switch my lens to a wide angle. Then since I was on the other side of the pier, had to run to the north to get the clouds in the right spot. Only got one or two shots before the light faded. #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #pacificbeach #pacificbeachsandiego #crystalpier #theresandiego #sandiegophotos #sandiegomag #sandiegosunset #sandiegobeach

Some low tide magic in La Jolla. I just love the bright green moss (algae?) that covers the rocks. This is from friday's sunset and just north of Scripps Pier.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #lajolla #scrippspier #lowtide #theresandiego #sandiegophotos #sandiegomag
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Some low tide magic in La Jolla. I just love the bright green moss (algae?) that covers the rocks. This is from friday's sunset and just north of Scripps Pier. #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #lajolla #scrippspier #lowtide #theresandiego #sandiegophotos #sandiegomag

Yesterday's sunset from La Jolla. We had a negative tide that exposed the coastline revealing all sorts of rock formations and tidepools. A nice sunset too that left a colorful glow everywhere. I actually almost missed this shot as I was shooting into the sun and didn't look behind me until it was almost over. Good times shooting with @jbahuphotos

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #lajolla #lajollacove #bestofsandiego #sandiegophotos
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Yesterday's sunset from La Jolla. We had a negative tide that exposed the coastline revealing all sorts of rock formations and tidepools. A nice sunset too that left a colorful glow everywhere. I actually almost missed this shot as I was shooting into the sun and didn't look behind me until it was almost over. Good times shooting with @jbahuphotos #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #lajolla #lajollacove #bestofsandiego #sandiegophotos

Last night's lunar eclipse from East Village, San Diego. I guess it's officially a super blood wolf moon -- don't ask me how they come up with these names. This one was a little difficult to capture, although the night started clear, clouds moved in and made a dim moon even dimmer. Brightness varied but at times it was invisible to my eye.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #mysdphoto #fullmoon #supermoon #lunareclipse #eclipse #bloodmoon #lunareclipse2019
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Last night's lunar eclipse from East Village, San Diego. I guess it's officially a super blood wolf moon -- don't ask me how they come up with these names. This one was a little difficult to capture, although the night started clear, clouds moved in and made a dim moon even dimmer. Brightness varied but at times it was invisible to my eye. #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #mysdphoto #fullmoon #supermoon #lunareclipse #eclipse #bloodmoon #lunareclipse2019

Feeling a bit of cabin fever from all the rain. Glad to get out yesterday afternoon. This is from the cliffs above Scripps Pier, the aloe is blooming like crazy.

#sandiego #sandiego_cw #sandiegowx #lajolla #scrippspier #aloe #10news #sosandiego #mysdphoto
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Feeling a bit of cabin fever from all the rain. Glad to get out yesterday afternoon. This is from the cliffs above Scripps Pier, the aloe is blooming like crazy. #sandiego #sandiego cw #sandiegowx #lajolla #scrippspier #aloe #10news #sosandiego #mysdphoto

Today, my wife and I were coming back home from Tucson and after we past Pine Valley (maybe around 4:30pm) we saw these amazing clouds in the sky that were lighting up with gorgeous orange tones. I knew it was going to be a good sunset but we were too far to make it back home or to the coast so we decided to rush to Mt Helix and catch the sunset there. We drove up and of course there was no parking available so she took the wheel and I jumped out and ran up the steps. I just barely caught the end of the sunset. Thankfully she's pretty supportive of my photography.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx  #sandiegosunset #10news #sosandiego #mysdphoto #bestofsandiego #sandiegogram #mthelix #fox5sandiego #tgif_sunset #sunset_stream #sunset_vision
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Today, my wife and I were coming back home from Tucson and after we past Pine Valley (maybe around 4:30pm) we saw these amazing clouds in the sky that were lighting up with gorgeous orange tones. I knew it was going to be a good sunset but we were too far to make it back home or to the coast so we decided to rush to Mt Helix and catch the sunset there. We drove up and of course there was no parking available so she took the wheel and I jumped out and ran up the steps. I just barely caught the end of the sunset. Thankfully she's pretty supportive of my photography. #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #sandiegosunset #10news #sosandiego #mysdphoto #bestofsandiego #sandiegogram #mthelix #fox5sandiego #tgif sunset #sunset stream #sunset vision

I hope everyone had a great set of holidays. I spent the time in the chilly midwest braving 10F (-12C) temperatures brrr. Anyway glad to be home, here is last nights sunset from Ocean Beach

#sandiego #sandiego_cw #sandiegowx #oceanbeach #sandiegosunset #10news #sosandiego #mysdphoto #bestofsandiego #sandiegogram #oceanbeachsandiego
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I hope everyone had a great set of holidays. I spent the time in the chilly midwest braving 10F (-12C) temperatures brrr. Anyway glad to be home, here is last nights sunset from Ocean Beach #sandiego #sandiego cw #sandiegowx #oceanbeach #sandiegosunset #10news #sosandiego #mysdphoto #bestofsandiego #sandiegogram #oceanbeachsandiego

This is from last sunday, my final outing of 2018. @seemantad was in town from seattle and I went with him and @highdynamicsphoto to check out the tide pools/coast at sunset cliffs. There was a very low negative tide and we used it to explore the beach around Ross Rock. 
Technical

Going from memory this was shot at ISO 100, 16mm, f/11, and 0.5s. One more darker exposure was used for exposure blending to fix a small area with burnout in the sky. I actually forgot to bring my ND filters so it was a little frustrating as I had to wait for it to get dark enough for the slower shutter. Cropped a bit for IG.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #sunsetcliffs #sandiegosunset #sunsetbeach #sunsetlovers #10news #mysdphoto #bestofsandiego #tidepools #sandiego_visuals #sosandiego #sd_creators #sandiegobeachvibes #tgif_sunset #sunset_stream #igerssandiego #sunset_madness_ #sunset_vision
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This is from last sunday, my final outing of 2018. @seemantad was in town from seattle and I went with him and @highdynamicsphoto to check out the tide pools/coast at sunset cliffs. There was a very low negative tide and we used it to explore the beach around Ross Rock. Technical Going from memory this was shot at ISO 100, 16mm, f/11, and 0.5s. One more darker exposure was used for exposure blending to fix a small area with burnout in the sky. I actually forgot to bring my ND filters so it was a little frustrating as I had to wait for it to get dark enough for the slower shutter. Cropped a bit for IG. #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #sunsetcliffs #sandiegosunset #sunsetbeach #sunsetlovers #10news #mysdphoto #bestofsandiego #tidepools #sandiego visuals #sosandiego #sd creators #sandiegobeachvibes #tgif sunset #sunset stream #igerssandiego #sunset madness #sunset vision

Last nights full moon rising over Balboa Park. The neon colors are from the seasonal flood lights pointed at the California tower and dome. This photo took a bit of planning, a foot to the left or right and things wouldn't have aligned. This is a single exposure, not a composite.

This photo was shot at 182mm, f/11, ISO 100, 1.3s. Processed in LR and PS. The hard part was the scouting and planning. Fortunately I know this area of the park well and I used PlanIt / @planitphoto to figure out the alignment. I could have pushed the recovery of highlights in the moon a bit further but decided against it as I like the brighter moon in this composition. Cropped a bit for IG.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #balboapark #fullmoon #coldmoon #moonrise #mysdphoto #bestofsandiego @sandiego.city @best.of.sandiego #planitphoto
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Last nights full moon rising over Balboa Park. The neon colors are from the seasonal flood lights pointed at the California tower and dome. This photo took a bit of planning, a foot to the left or right and things wouldn't have aligned. This is a single exposure, not a composite. This photo was shot at 182mm, f/11, ISO 100, 1.3s. Processed in LR and PS. The hard part was the scouting and planning. Fortunately I know this area of the park well and I used PlanIt / @planitphoto to figure out the alignment. I could have pushed the recovery of highlights in the moon a bit further but decided against it as I like the brighter moon in this composition. Cropped a bit for IG. #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #balboapark #fullmoon #coldmoon #moonrise #mysdphoto #bestofsandiego @sandiego.city @best.of.sandiego #planitphoto

This mornings sunrise from Balboa Park. I shot the image, came back home, went for a run, and quickly processed it while having my morning coffee.

Technical -- this a quick and easy 2x1 vertical panorama made with a 24mm tilt/shift lens. Basically I take a picture of the bottom 2/3rds of the image, then shift the lens up and get the last 1/3 at the top. Because I'm using a t/s the panorama stitching is very easy and can be done with the reposition option. There was a tiny bit of blowout in the bottom right along the horizon. I fixed this by blending a little from a 1 and 2-stop darker bracket.

#sandiego #sandiego_ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #balboapark
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This mornings sunrise from Balboa Park. I shot the image, came back home, went for a run, and quickly processed it while having my morning coffee. Technical -- this a quick and easy 2x1 vertical panorama made with a 24mm tilt/shift lens. Basically I take a picture of the bottom 2/3rds of the image, then shift the lens up and get the last 1/3 at the top. Because I'm using a t/s the panorama stitching is very easy and can be done with the reposition option. There was a tiny bit of blowout in the bottom right along the horizon. I fixed this by blending a little from a 1 and 2-stop darker bracket. #sandiego #sandiego ca #sandiegowx #10news #sosandiego #balboapark

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