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Rita Crane / 80 items

B 10782 C 34 E Mar 8, 2010 F Jan 12, 2014
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For lovers of storms and the fantastic energy they bring, winter along the Mendocino Coast is a special time. The waves are alive with power and the clouds put on a colorful display as the wind pushes them across the sky. If one is lucky enough to be there at just the right moment, sometimes the sun peaks through near the horizon, bringing its shining beauty and warmth to the scene.

On this particular evening I was waiting expectantly in the cold invigorating wind for just such a moment. I had my tripod set up and quickly got a few shots when the opportunity arose.

You can see rain falling out at sea visible along the left side of the image, stretching along like a gossamer veil towards the sun, softly obscuring the horizon..

Tags:   California California Coast Pacific Ocean Pacific Coast Pacific Northwest Mendocino Coast Ocean storm Rita Crane Photography www.ritacranestudio.com winter rainstorm a break in the clouds

B 6371 C 15 E Nov 15, 2013 F Dec 27, 2013
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The last light of a winter's day. This time of year the days are short....so the sunsets hold a special feeling. As we move into another long cold night, it's nice to share the special twilight time over a glass of wine among friends. Wonderful view from Flow Restaurant, upstairs, on Main Street in Mendocino, California. Serving organic food and great cocktails.

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1/100 - f/5.6 - ISO 2000
I was asked to take pictures for a new restaurant that just opened in the village of Mendocino. It was going to be difficult to manage the contrasting bright light of the sky with the darker light inside just after sunset. But that beautiful ocean view is so much part of what this restaurant is about, so I had to try to get the shot.

I had no extra lighting arrangements because this was done during business hours and customers were coming in already. So I was improvising as I went along, trying to stay out of the way.

Raising the ISO to record the darker interior while not blowing out the sky was the only way to manage .... but the resulting grain was substantial. So after making my first adjustments in the RAW converter, I ran the image through Ninja program to remove the noise. The color balance was a bit tricky too: rosy daylight from the sunset mixed with yellow interior lights. I opted for a balanced look that evoked the actual tones of the scene rather than try to make something different out of it in photo shop, which one could have done. This is a single exposure shot in RAW, made under available lighting conditions. I was happily surprised at how well it turned out. Testing several exposures and checking my histogram helped me get the exposure. And in post processing, the Ninja software made all the difference, reducing the grain while adding a soft mood to the moment.

Tags:   people restaurant wine sunset Mendocino County Mendocino Flow Restaurant friends table for two dining Rita Crane Photography Stock Photography www.ritacranestudio.com ocean ocean view dining Pacific Ocean California Mendocino Coast clouds horizon window organic food sustainability locally grown produce ecological sustainability green business

B 2266 C 21 E Jul 7, 2013 F Jul 7, 2013
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Reposting this photo from my trip to Southern California last year. The photo was taken at Palisades Park in Santa Monica, where one can enjoy a view of Santa Monica Bay and the Pacific stretching out to the horizon. One of my favorite places in the entire Los Angeles area.

Thanks as always for your visits, comments, and faves...I will respond by visiting your photostreams.

Tags:   California Southern California Santa Monica Palisades Park silhouette palm trees people view ocean view www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography stock stock photography horizon promenade along the palisades park overlooking Santa Monica Bay

B 1994 C 22 E May 15, 2013 F Jul 5, 2013
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This is a tiny Northern California coastal town of about 1000 people. The town has a story: Mendocino is on the National Register of Historic Places and was saved from development by a few passionate artists who, in the early 1970's, orchestrated a deal between the logging company that owned the headlands that surround the village, and State Parks of California.

California State Parks purchased the coastal land all around the village and created the Mendocino Headlands State Park, but with the excellent stipulation that Mendocino be preserved as a historic town.

As a result thousands of people from all over the world - and many are families with children - now come visit here and get a breath of fresh air and inspiration. They have the rare opportunity to witness a small American town whose historic buildings have been preserved and whose stunningly beautiful setting is protected from modern development. They go home remembering what the feeling was like, and return sometimes, every year. Visiting the Mendocino Coast is like taking a healing, nourishing journey of renewal.

Tags:   California Mendocino Coast Mendocino Mendocino Village Pacific Northwest Pacific Coast Highway www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Stock photography urban landscape seaside village historic village historic preservation vintage National Register of Historic Places heritage

B 17290 C 195 E Mar 9, 2007 F Jun 22, 2013
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A delightful scene from my set on California ~ Mendocino County. I first posted this several years ago .... and here it is again, for new contacts who may not have seen it.

Description: Here is a taste of my home place. About 25 miles from the turn in the highway that takes me to my home by the Pacific I was driving along this former old stagecoach road in northern California. It is now Anderson Valley's Highway 128 that takes you to the beautiful Mendocino Coast. I was returning from a very productive but tiring trip overseas and came quietly across this scene at twilight. It felt as if my home place - the rural county that I love - was welcoming me back. I couldn't believe my eyes, nor could I resist jumping out of the car in the last light of day...jet lag and all... and getting a few exposures with the aid of a tripod. It was actually almost dark, but with some PS adjustment I've made the entire scene a bit brighter. Years ago homesteaders lovingly planted fruit trees around this little house, and although they are long gone, the faithful trees pay tribute to the family's efforts, year after year, in a glorious celebration of spring.


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