Bay Bridge Lightning Strike
San Francisco, California
This is the photo that started it all. I would like to think that I occasionally took a good photo before this one (and since) but none have ever garnered the attention that this one has. It was taken out through the window of my home office.
Lightning is increidby rare in Northern California. I had often thought that if lightning did strike, some large metal rods surrounded by saltwater would make a great conductor. I watched the storm approach the city on an app which plots lightning strikes. I set up my camera as close as I could get to the window and darkened the room. I set the exposures for 20 seconds and when done, I had take 136 shots. Three frames had lightning in them. This one represents the most stirkes. I cannot state that all stikes hit simutaneously but I can say with certainty that they occurred within 20 seconds of each other.
This photo has appeared on local and national TV as well as numerous print publications. These include the UK Daily Mail, the NBC Nightly News, and The San Francisco Chronicle. I was interviewed by the local NBC and CBS affiliates and the interview aired on the local evening broadcasts.
Sunset at the Arch
Big Sur, California
I took a New Year's Day trip down to Big Sur to witness this ephemerial event. For a two week window each year the sun sets through this arch. When there's no marnine layer and the tide is right, the incoming waves will spray when they hit the rocks. A slow shutter speed can capture this event almost as if it were fireworks. It's one of those shots you are never totally happy with. I can't wait to go back again next season.