Scotland is an interesting place for the photographer: beautiful landscapes and amazing light are easy to find. Friendly people and good seafood are also on the list of the ingredients to make a good recipe for a very good photographic trip. I think, I will come back.
In summer, the park is crowded, the mosquitos are aggressive, the nights in the backcountry are very cold because of the elevation, but it's still really beautiful. The beginning of the summer is a better time to see the park compared to september, when I came there for the first time. I hope, I will be there once mid-May , to see the waterfalls at their maximum flow and some snow on the top of the mountains.
This is a very interesting place. The lake is famous for the tufa towers. A good spot for photography, especially at dawn and in the earliest hours of daytime. The birds are numerous too. But I was more focused on landscape.
A first overlook on the lake from the Sierra Nevada.
Eastern Sierra Nevada in background
This bird was so still and my long lens was in my bag...
People in San Francisco climb the hills, ride bikes, have pets, and have their breakfast or their lunch outside.
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I had the opportunity to spend two weeks in the sunny but chilly Northern California. Below I put some pictures of famous places in San Francisco. You will likely recognize them. The last picture shows maybe a less known feature of the city : the murals. This one is located on Balmy alley.
Yesterday during a rainstorm, I read an interessant article in the last issue of "Chasseur d'Images". The writer is a kind of expert of macrophotography and of insect flight photography. This time, he suggests to use a prime lens for close-up photography. The magnification is not large enough to call it macrophotography. So, because there are some sun beams today, I decided to use my 50 mm / 1.8 in an unusual way. So, I quickly pointed a ladybug among some white flowers. And I had a lot of fun ! Of course, I used a tripod and manual focus. Most of my pictures were taken at f/2.8 to get the maximum sharpness and to have some depth of field. Not all the pictures were sharp ... but some seem rather good to me. I managed to get some pictures at f/1.8 and I have to admit, this is very difficult and the resolution of my lens is not homogenous at this aperture. The last picture is the best, I got at f/1.8 .
According to a friend of mine, black and white requires post-processing. So, I played a little bit with my favorite software to enhance the textures and add some drama. Now, the couple on the right stands out against the light sky.