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N 7 B 747 C 4 E Sep 10, 2014 F Sep 10, 2014
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Sorry Flickr friends, haven't been on line much for a couple weeks. It's been a busy time, and just hung a show at Scharffenberger Cellars last week, that will be up through December 4th. www.scharffenbergercellars.com/index.php?q=tastingroom.ph...;

I'm showing macro photos of fall leaves printed on metal, as well as a new selection of Paris photos. Will be back on Flickr again this coming weekend. Have a good week!

Tags:   macro leaves gingko fall www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Autumn Show Group Show California Mendocino County Scharffenberger Cellars Winery

N 99 B 15.1K C 126 E Jun 23, 2006 F Jun 22, 2014
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Licensing available through Getty Images: www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?assettype=image&am...


Colorful June .... and the soft mysterious fog playing along the edge of the rugged northern California coast by the coastal village of Albion, California.

This Pacific Northwest Maritime climate means that our summers are softened by the mist and fog, creating an everchanging mood that, for visual artists, is an inspiration!

Inland it's hot, on the other hand! Just a few miles away and one is in the dry Mediterranean Climate zone.

California has some of the most varied and numerous species of plants in the world because of all its micro-climates - from the deserts to the grasslands and high altitude Sierras, to the dark ancient Redwood forests and the coastal zones.

These roses were planted by early American settlers who brought their favorite garden varieties with them from the East Coast in the mid-1800's, after the Gold Rush. It rarely freezes along the Pacific here so all kinds of tender plants make it through the winter. Drought tolerant plants are best for the summer because we don't get a drop of rain between June and October. The mist brings welcome moisture.

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This old homestead is silently decaying alongside the highway, oblivious of the modern cars rushing by. Years ago, homesteaders had built such a nice chimney and lovingly painted this little house red. It is forgotten now, except the fruit trees keep on blossoming!

Rushing by along the highway through Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, on the road that winds through from inland to the Pacific, one can still catch a glimpse of it. Whoosh!

When this little house was built, the highway was a dirt mountain road winding along sheep country and apple orchards across the coastal hills. Before that, it was an old stagecoach road that connected San Francisco and the inland towns to the remote Mendocino Coast.

Tags:   USA California Northern California old homestead stagecoach road vintage scene back to nature flowering fruit trees Anderson Valley little house secret garden nature endures lookatme Explore SFChronicle 96Hrs Rita Crane Rita Crane Photography www.ritacranestudio.com square photo landscape seascape nature california maritime northwest maritime california nature American seacoasts Mendocino County Mendocino stock stock photography square

N 39 B 20.3K C 21 E Nov 15, 2013 F Jun 17, 2014
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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

N 38 B 1.8K C 21 E Feb 4, 2012 F Jun 9, 2014
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Mono Lake, California. It was a freezing cold, breezy winter day, clear sky, pristine water. The earth tones of the desert complementing a gem-like turquoise blue lake. For colorists like me, the desert's attraction is this kind of palette.

Tags:   blue California lake landscape mountains nature sky water yellow www.ritacranestudio.com Rita Crane Photography Mono Lake California Desert east side of the Sierras sagebrush Stock Photography wilderness


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