Point Reyes

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Point Reyes at Night

Point Reyes is geographically close to metropolitan San Francisco, but a land totally apart. Almost an island, it is wilderness to the core. The darkness of night on Point Reyes is true night with only a faint light of humanity here and there. On many trails it is darkness as dense as before Western man dwelled here, with plant and animal sentience to share the view.

I live an hours drive from Point Reyes. In the summertime, I can jump in the car after supper, hit the trail as the sun is heading down, and be at a spectacular and solitary night landscape by 10PM. What joy this is! And how strange to drive back to the lights of the city, home, and family in the early hours of pre-dawn.





North Fork

The north fork of the Point Reyes peninsula stretches through historic dairy farms and rolling green hills towards Tomales Point. Caught between the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay, this spit of land faces across the water towards Bodega Head and the northward marches of the California coast..... Read more
North Fork

Night View of Bodega

This view is looking north out from the tip of Point Reyes across Bodega Bay. This is a storm-bound, windswept coast, often shrouded in fog, so I was lucky to get clear skies for the star trails.

I exposed the photos used in this stack using my backup camera, a Nikon D200, while I photographed Point Reyes Lighthouse (Edge of Night) with my other camera (a D300). I had two tripods with me, but this one was kind of minature so I had to wedge it into the gap between a sign and the fence. .... Read more

Night View of Bodega

Edge of Night

Against the backdrop of pounding surf and a light mist on the ocean, I photographed star trails behind Point Reyes Lighthouse in this portrait of the edge of night.... Read more
Edge of Night

Between Earth and Sky

It was damp and a bit chilly in the dark, and for a while Mark and I left my camera on autopilot and sat some distance away in my car, listening to the superb and eerie music of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. After twelve exposures (about 48 minutes) our patience wore out and weariness won. Mark had a plane to catch in the morning for a business meeting, and I’ve been going on fumes since Katie Rose was born. I stopped the automated exposure process, and packed it in.... Read more
Between Earth and Sky

Night at Point Reyes Lighthouse

This is an image captured at the Point Reyes lighthouse well into night, although the sunset appears to linger in the Western sky. Park Ranger Craig Morgan leads night tours down to the lighthouse the first and third Saturday of each month (provided the wind speed is less than 40mph). Read more
Night at Point Reyes Lighthouse

Wilder Shore

There was barely enough light for me to see. This is an eight second exposure, with the lens wide open. The breakers rolling in from the wide Pacific have been turned mellow by the length of the time exposure. In digital photography’s day for night effect, the cliffs actually look much brighter than they did in “real life.” Read more
Wilder Shore

Winter Sea

Julian had no school on Monday, so we headed out to Point Reyes to watch whales and take some photos. Winter is great for photography on Point Reyes. There’s much less fog than in the summer in this most-Western and often fog-bound peninsula jutting out into the Pacific. Read more
Winter Sea

Beyond the Visible

It’s fairly well known that digital sensors are more sensitive to infrared (IR) than either film or the human eye. In fact, this is so much the case that digital cameras are equipped with a filter that screens out IR. You can capture IR photographs either by removing this factory-supplied CCD filter, or by adding your own filter to the camera.

Less appreciated is that digital sensors also can pick up more ultravioltet (UV) light waves than film or the human eye. As with IR, this effect can be amplified using filters. At the lower end of the UV spectrum, you’ll find xrays—so the ability to harness UV waves lets one “see” through, or inside things, a facility used in snooping and military devices that provide night vision. Read more

Beyond the Visible

Renegade Remaining Photons

The sun had just set and the clouds were decorated with red and gold as I laced on my hiking boots. Pretty soon the trail to Arch Rock became a tunnel through a different universe. I saw luminous eyes in the darkness, big bouncy rabbits, and exotic deer. I heard falling water almost all the way, some dripping in rhythmic patterns.

At about four miles, I came out of the dark tunnel into a great valley. My trail met the coastal trail, and the valley opened to the sea.
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Renegade Remaining Photons
Night Shore

Night Shore © Harold Davis. 3 minute exposure @ f/4 and ISO 100.

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