My September 2017 Photo of the Month is Great Beyond, an image photographed at Shell Beach near La Jolla Cove in San Diego. Continue reading
My April 2017 Photo Of The Month is Ponder The Beyond, an image made in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park here in San Diego. Continue reading
My December 2016 Photo of the Month is Santee Southwest, a sunset image taken from the Mast Blvd. bridge near my home. Continue reading
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
My May 2016 Photo of the Month is El Cajon Mountain Last Light, a photograph made in San Diego County. Continue reading
January 29 Sunset From Santee Lakes
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!
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!
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