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Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« on: February 06, 2019, 05:59:58 pm »

Here I am stuck at work 35 miles away from the heavy snow cover in the San Gabriel Mountains of SoCal. I won’t get home and closer to them until after dark.

So I settle for a 20X+ zoom view from the 6th floor, using a Nikon Coolpix L810 (which seems to have the resolution of an iPhone but a much better reach).

Suddenly I am transported to a different place where there are no IT printer and network problems… Four separate pano images were photomerged horizontally and post-processed for the final views.
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2019, 08:23:16 pm »

The lesson here must be: Always bring your camera to work!

Well done, Plugs.
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 08:48:43 pm »

Thanks Eric! Or better, Bring your *DLSR* to work...

I went back up closer to sunset and grabbed these shots, the second of which is also photomerged, but this time 10 frames were involved.

PS: That's a landfill in the foreground (balances out the view you know...)
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 05:29:38 pm »

Continuing my snow quest today, I started at the dentist office (which was only a few miles from the mountains) and got this close-up through the waiting room window (how lucky and convenient!).

On the way back to work, I shot this pano from an overlook park in Orange County.

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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2019, 07:57:31 pm »

Nice shots.
But now I have to ask: do you ever go outdoors for your landscape shots?   ;)
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2019, 08:11:20 pm »

Today I did! And then look – look at the rowdy crowds! ;-)

Too bad the parking lot was too far away to see this from the car...
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 08:17:14 pm »

Here's one just for Eric!

Gonna be late for the dentist, can't get out of car............

Of course I'd rather be out and about, but it seems I'm always doing something else somewhere else when these scenes present themselves.
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 11:32:54 pm »

Clearly, your best shots are either indoors or inside a car.
That should help you avoid camera damage from wind, rain, snow, or sand storms.

I did once photograph while in a sand storm at White Sands. I was smart enough not to try changing lenses while I was out in it, but enough stuff got in anyway to leave dust spots in the sky areas on all the shots from saner locations on that trip.

I like your mountain shots.
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2019, 12:56:34 am »

Thanks Eric!

As for car shots, I've seen photos on Facebook where friends visit the old neighborhood and take crooked scenic pix out the windshield, etc.

Here's an actual shot of my old house a friend sent after a visit back East...

I used to do newspaper photojournalism so I *am* capable of putting some effort into a shot, believe it or not ;-)
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2019, 01:43:38 am »

Just saw this on the local Facebook group, another lazy photographer, ha!
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2019, 12:52:07 pm »

I'll admit that I sometimes take photos through my home office window of birds visiting my bird feeders.
My window shots aren't as good as yours, and partly because the window hasn't been washed in twenty or so years.
Maybe next summer...
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2019, 01:59:30 pm »

Dirty window? Maybe those are bats, not birds! ;-)
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2019, 04:02:45 pm »

Eric! I went outside today!
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2019, 04:03:49 pm »

And then back in the car, parked at a light under the freeway, I saw this.
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2019, 04:11:00 pm »

Nice catch, the last one.

And to think: Even when you go outdoors, the mountains are still there!   ;D
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2019, 05:20:31 pm »

OK, so today I was OUTSIDE but iNSIDE the car. Rain has come to LA, and the mountains are in a mood.

First shot, peeking between apartment buildings... Again, the long zoom saves the day.

Second shot, pulling over on an ugly side street with a better view, and the resulting artsy.
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2019, 05:21:52 pm »

And now, looking the other way (south). Nothing to see here folks!
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2019, 10:39:52 pm »

Busy scenic day today as the rain and snow have continued. Again doing the "selective scenic" zoom trick.
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Re: Stuck at work (and it snowed in the mountains)
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2019, 10:50:13 pm »

And then I discovered the view from the parking garage! It's behind the big "cruise ship" building in the above photo. 6th floor, a bit windy, but well worth it. I spent some time up there roaming around, watching the clouds change. Some of the best mountain/cloud combos I've ever seen in 20 years.
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