Posts in Category: Landscape

Sunset Santa Monica Pier

I shot this during Trey Ratcliff’s Photowalk across the USA. I already posted this photo as part of that gallery, but I wanted to write a bit about this photo in particular.

Shooting into the sun is very hard on your eyes – except if you are shooting mirrorless. This is one of the areas that mirrorless excels. All you have to do is set the camera to manual, dial in the aperture, ISO, and then adjust the shutter (set a fast shutter to start so you can look into the setting sun easily) until you like what you see on the screen, then pull the trigger. Optical viewfinders would be tough with this shot because you have to look directly into the sun, then chimp each shot until you have what you want. Yes, you can do it, but you will be seeing spots for a few minutes. I have already said that Sony has a long way to go, but this is one of the reasons I like mirrorless.

Caption: Sunset Santa Monica Pier
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Sony A6000
Lens: E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, Shot at 70 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Keywords: Santa Monica, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Pier, beach, pier, summer, sunset
Date: August 22, 2015 7:22:57PM
Location: Santa Monica, California, United States

Sunset Santa Monica Pier

Sunset Santa Monica Pier

Statue of Liberty

I took this shot right after getting off the boat on the way up to the pedestal. The tour is pretty amazing, considering how big the Statue of Liberty actually is. I would highly recommend the tour the next time you are in New York.

Caption: Statue of Liberty
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/2,500 sec, f/4, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: Lady Liberty, Liberty Island, black and white, clouds, new york, new york city, nyc, silhouette, statue of liberty
Date: October 20, 2011 1:28:10PM
Location: Liberty Island, New York, United States

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Perris

Do you ever look off to your right, or left, while driving on the freeway in traffic, and wish you could pull over and take a photo? I do. All the time. I actually do pull over, and get out and take the shot. This morning this scene was unfolding right off the freeway. I carry a camera with me every day for just this reason. The photo is no award winner, but I sure satisfied my itch to shoot it. Does anyone else do this, or am I just crazy?

Caption: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Perris
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Sony A6000
Lens: E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, Shot at 45 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/100 sec, f/9, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: hot air balloon, morning, perris, perris california, sunrise
Date: August 14, 2015 6:55:39AM
Location: Perris, California, United States

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Perris

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Perris

Huntington Beach Lifeguard Tower

I am generally not a beach person. I hate when the sand gets between my toes, and all over the floor of the car. However, I do like to shoot at the beach – save the sand getting in my gear. The light and colors are for the most part more vivid than you normally see in regular life. On this morning, we were seeing my daughter off on her first marathon, and as we were walking to the starting point for the race, I saw this scene to my right. I knew what the image would like on my sensor before I took the shot. Yes, I have been shooting my whole life, and this particular skill is easy for me. To see the image in my head before it happens is both a blessing and a curse. I get cocky, and as I am seeing images, I decide not to take many shots, and I think that sometimes hurts my creativity. I like this shot, clean and simple. I like how it it pops. You can see the outline of Catalina island in the background as well. The perfectionist in me wanted to run out and comb over the tire tracks in the sand though.

Caption: Huntington Beach lifeguard tower
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Sony A6000
Lens: E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, Shot at 70 mm
Exposure: Auto exposure, Shutter priority AE, 1/250 sec, f/10, ISO 100, Compensation: +1
Keywords: beach, huntington beach, lifeguard, lifeguard tower, ocean, sand, summer, surf, waves
Date: August 8, 2015 10:06:45AM
Location: Warner-Pacific, Huntington Beach, California, United States

Huntington Beach lifeguard tower

Huntington Beach lifeguard tower

Moorten Botanical Garden Palm Springs

Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs is one of those out-of-the-way spots that is really worth going to. I have even shot a wedding there. It is a great place to spend the afternoon to practice your still life photography.

Caption: Moorten Botanical Garden Palm Springs
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 97 mm
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/400 sec, f/4, ISO 100
Keywords: Moorten Botanical Garden, arrow sign, entrance, entrance sign, garden, palm springs, pay admission, wooden sign
Date: January 22, 2012 9:05:40AM
Location: The Mesa, Palm Springs, California, United States

Moorten Botanical Garden Palm Springs

Moorten Botanical Garden Palm Springs