These are a few photos I took of our recent adventures in Northern and Central California. Lombard Street in San Francisco is one of America’s crookedest and steepest streets.
We spent a relaxing afternoon on the coastal road north of San Francisco. You can see the Golden Gate Bridge and city in the background.
Imagine Diana’s surprise at being photographed under another bank sign. She is very loyal.
Muir Woods is home to 1,000 year old Redwood Trees.
Jim and Cile Messer and Diana are talking at Point Lobos, near Carmel, one of the most unusual and beautiful beaches in the world.
Yosemite Park. While this may look like we were standing in front of a painted backdrop, it is all real. It would be impossible for anyone not to find beautiful things to photograph here. It looks like it was created for photographers.
On our last morning in Yosemite, we walked up to lower Yosemite Falls. The water from the spring runoff cascading down the cliff created an enormous spray that wet us and everything around us. As we crossed the bridge below the fall, we saw the most beautiful rainbow that was visible only on the other side of the bridge. To shoot it, I had to stand in the middle of this spray. The lens filter was covered in mist, which gives the photo this soft look. I used manual focus because the auto focus would not work propertly in these conditions.
If you look carefully at the photo above, you can see patches of ice between the two falls, just above the lower fall. In places there were six foot snow banks still visible. This place is a real paradise. I wish I had another week to explore it. Thank you Jim for your excellent information without which I would not have been able to get many of these shots. I think I will have some good images when I have time to finish editing them.
Michael Williams is a freelance professional photographer specializing in weddings and portraits, as well as commercial, architectural and creative photography. He lives and works in Macon, GA. View My Portfolio