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This is the Eclipse at its maximum in my area of Northern California. I cropped in about 30% so it looks larger than it really was.

P52 43 of 52 Partial Solar Eclipse

Nikon Df| AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 + Nikkor 14eII Teleconverter| Orion Solar Filter|Tripod| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film

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This is my 5th and Final image for the 5-Day Black and White Photography Challenge.
It is an image I made in the Summer of 2012 while hiking the staircases of San Francisco. By mid afternoon the fog started to roll in over the hills.

The building is Old St Joseph’s Hospital which was built in 1928. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Today the building is a Condominium Complex.

St Joseph's Hopital San Francisco, CA

I’m supposed to issue the challenge to another photographer. I challenge Harold Austin

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 28-105mm| hand-held

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Day 4 Black & White Photography Challenge

Northern CA Renaissance FaireNorthern CA Renaissance Faire 2014

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 85mm f1.4| Hand-held

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Day 3 of the Black & White Photography Challenge

The Opportunist

Nikon D700| AF-S 17-35mm| Tripod

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#Day 2 of the 5-Day Black and White Photography Challenge

"Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everyw

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A friend of mine Alex Baranda  challenged me to a 5-Day Black and White Photography challenge. I’ll be posting a black and white image each day for 5 days, and I’m supposed to challenge another photographer to do the same. Right now I’m thinking I’ll skip that part and just work on the challenge. For me it’s outside my box. I rarely process images in Black & White. I love color, and I haven’t found a recipe that says, ” That’s Deborah Zajac’s work.” yet.

I’m excited about this challenge. Hopefully I’ll grow as a photographer and learn something new too.

Thanks Alex for the push!

Here’s my image for Day 1- This is from my archives. The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, CA. Taken in July 2011.

Nikon D300s| AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8| Tripod | Developed in CS 6

History of the Palace of the Legion of Honor is here.

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The Legion of Honor San Francisco CA

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We scouted a few areas for Moon-set/Sunrise and we all fell in love with Intake Lake 2. We were planning to camp on Night 2 and instead of camping a little further north we change plans and camped at Intake Lake 2, and we all agreed it would be a great location for the morning’s shoot. We could sleep a few minutes longer, and be in our chosen spots well before the fishermen arrived.  We set up our camp, made dinner, and shortly after dark I crawled into my tent and bag and fell into a deep sleep. My alarm was set to 4:30AM again.  I didn’t even take pictures of the campground!

I slept pretty well. I only stirred when my hip started to ache. My pad wasn’t as full as it should have been. When my alarm went off I turned it off and dozed in my warm bag, dreading getting out of it, and facing the cold morning, and dressing, before making the trek up the bathroom.  I should have dug out my slip-on pair of shoes the night before, but forgot to do that.  Jonathan was out of his tent first and came by mine and rattled it, asking if we were up. Rainey had bunked with me since I have a two person tent. We both murmured, “yes, I’m up.” Next, I heard Rene unzip his tent, and then Jonathan’s car alarm went off, no doubt waking the whole campground! Nik was sleeping in the car and when he got up to exit he set off the alarm.

Someone set the alarm after Nik got in to go to bed. :) As if the alarm going off once wasn’t bad enough somehow it got triggered a second time! I got up and out of my bag and tent after that. I’m sure the whole campground was ready to stone us to death! Hopefully they all were able to get back to sleep.

We dressed, grabbed our bags and headed for the lake for the Moon-set/ Sunrise as quietly as we could.

I found the spot I had chosen the day before, but I was so far from everyone else so I moved to the beach with Rene, and Rainey.

I was very glad to have the company. Daylight was coming fast, and for  21 minutes I was in Nirvana!

Moon-glow on the Eastern Sierra Peaks

Moonset over Intake Lake 2

Pink clouds and Moon-glow on the Eastern Sierra Peaks

Moonset over Intake Lake 2

Alpine Glow on the Eastern Sierra Peaks

Alpine Glow over Intake Lake 2

It’s not often one gets Moon-glow, Color, and Alpine Glow all in one morning! I couldn’t have ordered a more perfect morning shoot. There were even Trout jumping high out of the water to catch breakfast. I wish I timed my images better to have caught just one, alas…I didn’t.

Shortly after the color faded we were packing up when a group of fishermen came to fish where we were. We welcomed them with open arms, and wished them well with their endeavors, and went on our way to find other photographic jewels around the lake.

Rainey, Rene, and I hung out together while Nik,and Jonathan went their own way. Rainey, Rene, and I went around the lake to try and find a Grebe that was swimming around the lake. We weren’t able to get the second inlet to find it, but we did find a lovely little cascade of water we stopped to photograph, and along the way we found a memorial.

Memorial at Intake Lake 2

Intake Lake 2 hike

I used my Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Soft Focus Optic to try some landscapes. I like the dreamy, painterly

feel the images have.

Fallen tree on Intake 2

Fallen Tree on Intake 2 Lake_5384

Fishing

Fishing

The color of the morning was gold

Autumn Gold

Intake 2 was my favorite location this trip.  It’s a great place to camp, and there is plenty to photograph

here.

Cameras: Nikon Df, Nikon D700

Lenses: Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8,  Nikkor 180mm f/2.8d, LensBaby Composer Pro II w/Soft Focus Optic

More to come…

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