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December 2016 Photo of the Month: Santee Southwest

My December 2016 Photo of the Month is Santee Southwest, a sunset image taken from the Mast Blvd. bridge near my home. Continue reading

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

Perfect Evening At Home by T.M. Schultze

Best Images of 2016 (12 Images)

At the urging of many friends, I am creating a post that includes what are my personal favorite images of 2016. Continue reading

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

Beautiful December Evenings In Santee

The past couple weeks have blessed San Diego with some beautiful light.  Most of my time has been spent at home in Santee, but I have a favorite spot on the Mast Blvd. bridge.  The gallery below shows a few of the images I have recently made. Continue reading

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

Perfect Evening At Home by T.M. Schultze

January 2016 Photo of the Month: Perfect Evening At Home

My January 2016 Photo of the Month is Perfect Evening At Home, an image I made just outside my home at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve. Continue reading

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

Sunset Storm Santee Lakes by T.M. Schultze

Ending January With A Clearing Storm In Santee

Ending January With A Clearing Storm In Santee

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Oh no, my rainbow is gone!

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Great late light over Mission Trails and Lake 2

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That was all she wrote. A little nice light right at sunset, but the clouds were too low to light up after 15 minutes.

Driving back last night from Phoenix, I knew a quick storm was blowing in.  I made it over the mountains in East San Diego County before the rain set in.  Today was very rainy, but this storm was also particularly windy.  I saw many a tree flexing in the wind, and I wondered how many gusts it would take for the tree to finally break. Continue reading

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

January 29 Sunset From Santee Lakes

January 29 Sunset From Santee Lakes

January 29 from Santee Lakes

Sunset in landscape orientation from Mast Blvd bridge

Tonight, the January 29 sunset from Santee Lakes was spectacular.  By this time of year, I am getting home from the office with time to spare to catch the last light.  The high clouds this afternoon looked like they were setting up perfectly and it did not disappoint.

Because Santee Lakes closes at 5 PM this this of year, I don’t have time to enter the park and shoot inside.  However, the Mast Blvd bridge is a perfect vantage point overlooking Lake 2.  You have a wide view of the park, Mission Trails and Cowles Mountain, as well as plenty of water and sky to balance the image.

My home is near the corner of Fanita Parkway and Mast Blvd, and there are a couple other overlooks that provide nice views at sunset.

It really is amazing how much of a difference the winter season makes for the light in Southern California.  These high clouds are amazing, and maybe not an unusual sight in areas closers to the normal path of the jet steam, but they aren’t always prevalent in Southern California.

Below, I have included a gallery of several images taken in several overlooks and in different image orientations.  I believe the Sunset in landscape from Mast Blvd is the best.  Let me know if you have a preference!

As always, I thank you very much for reading, and I hope you enjoy the images!

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

Santee Storm Clouds

Santee Storm Clouds

Santee Storm Clouds

Santee Storm Clouds

Santee Storm Clouds

This week, the El Nino weather system has really hit Southern California.  While most people were heading for cover, I knew that there would be small openings of really dramatic weather.

Heading home from the office, I knew I had hit the jackpot.  I was armed with my backup camera body due to my recent camera accident, and I was using my Nikon 20mm 1.8 lens on a crop sensor, so it really was about a 30mm equivalent on a full-frame system.

Lightroom’s recent addition of the panoramic export is excellent, and with less than ideal equipment, this was a great opportunity to use it!

The resulting image was a 28 image panorama that Lightroom had no issue stitching together.  As you can see, the last light as the huge, high, clouds towered over Santee Lakes was amazing.  The yellows on the high clouds got deeper and deeper just after sunset, before the light vanished all at once!  Those are the brief moments that build memories.  As always, it is great to own your own backyard, and have a good, quick, place to go when you are at home and the light sets up perfectly.

This view is from the Mast Blvd bridge look North over Santee Lakes 2 and 3.  The clouds to the South of the bridge were dark and gloomy, which could have been a different but interesting image.  I wanted to chase the light though, and the opening to the North was too much to pass up.

It still amazes me how much people miss the connection between so-called bad weather and the resulting images.  Be safe, but get out there and brave the elements!  your portfolio will thank you.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image!

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

More From Santee Lakes: Sunset Under The Mast Blvd Bridge

More From Santee Lakes

More From Santee Lakes

More from Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve, the beautiful set of lakes just by my home.  The El Nino weather system has kicked in and  the rain is hitting California hard this week.  In the days leading up to this advancing weather system, the light was beautiful. Continue reading

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

Reflective Clouds, Santee Lakes, by T.M. Schultze

Right Outside My Front Door

Right Outside My Front Door

Amazing light over Cowles Mountain at Santee Lakes

Amazing light over Cowles Mountain at Santee Lakes

I am privileged to live next door to Santee Lakes, which I have mentioned numerous times.  It is a great place for walking, wildlife, and peace. Continue reading

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.

Santee Lakes Overlook December 20

Santee Lakes Overlook December 20

Santee Lakes Overlook December 20, 2015

Santee Lakes Overlook December 20

Santee Lakes Overlook December 20

I made this Santee Lakes Overlook December 20 image while celebrating the holidays with my daughter.  She gave me about five minutes to head out my front door and make this image at sunset. Continue reading

T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.