Last week, I got up early and went to the Bolsa Chica wetlands, about 6AM -- that's half an hour before sunrise, this time of year. There was one other photographer, but by 7AM, there where about 30 guys with cameras. When the photographers outnumber the birds, it's time to go back to bed.
This was shot with a Nikon D-700, f:8, 1/4000, ISO 1250. The lens was a Nikon 50mm. 1.8.
Last night, I saw a lot of cloud cover, but took a chance there there might be some of the sunset breaking though, so I grabed a tripod and camera and went down to the Huntington Beach pier.
This was the reward.
f:8, 1/100, 6400
On this one, I reduced the grain "noise" a little, but shooting wide open and lowering the sensitivity to ISO 3600. f:1.8, 1/250. The white spec, on the left of the image, is a small airplane.
We met Donny and friends, visiting from Indiana. I should have shot at a higher shutter speed, to prevent the people from blurring, but decided that the back ground was more important. The foreground was lit by street lights, so I did some minor color (white balance) correction in Photoshop, to save the sunset, but take out some of the orange tint on the foreground. Otherwise, all of these images are straight out of the camera, except for resizing for the web.
Exposure was at 1/5. f:1.8/ ISO 6400.