I’d like to think I’m a photographer, but I’m really just a button pusher and dial turner. Regardless, I have taken a lot photos in my day and I get the desire to be a shutterbug more often than I’m able to take advantage of it. Today, I heavily lean on my Pixel 3 (and Snapseed) and have been goofing off with the HERO 7 Black, but I’ve always shot on Sony DSLRs. My current big gun is the Sony α77ii. Maybe one day I’ll go mirrorless but I still like the look and feel of the DSLR arrangement. It’s a great cameras in spite of some unfortunate shortcomings, but I’m hard to please so I’ll stick with this investment for a few more years.
The past few days have been spectacularly clear in San Francisco, and I’ve been itching to breakout the tripod and some big glass. This time of year can be magical; some combination of lower car traffic and strong breezes to clear the air, and lower temperature to dry the air out that results in some pretty long distance clarity. These days are few and far between, however; and for my past 10 years in the Bay Area I’ve always regretted not taking full advantage of the conditions.
Tonight I finally did it. The photo at the top is a preview test photo unprocessed, sent to my phone via Sony’s woefully underdeveloped PlayMemories mobile app. Don’t be impressed just yet, I do have better versions ready to be processed on my favorite Windows PC software, DxO PhotoLab.
Anyway, here is a photo of the scene via my Pixel 3 in Night Sight mode:
In this map you can see that the Salesforce Tower is about 17 miles away from where the camera was set up. Pretty impressive given the SF Bay area weather!
Anyway, I’m going to go do my editing thing and use that as my excuse to post the next blog post!