Joe Azure's TOP Google+ Photos for Jan 5 - Jan 19

published January 20 by  
This PERSONAL TOP contains ten of the most popular photos published publicly
by Joe Azure on Google+ between January 5 and January 19, 2012.


In the dark I had hiked about 1/2 mile down from the road to the tops of the cliffs over the ocean. After the sunrise I found myself right at the edge of the fog line. I was being drenched in dew and faced with an uphill hike back to the road. Every now and then though, a patch of clear air would swirl around me, and I would expose a few frames as Bob Marley blared out of the iPhone in my pocket.

A magical morning.

Tech: 40mm, f/14, 10 seconds, ISO 100
  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 6
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The Calm

Before the surge...

Good times at the beach last night. Got to go shoot with a friend +Amy Heiden, and learned about shooting at night and painting with light. Also ran into someone I follow on Flickr - +Toby Harriman - nice to meet you man!

It is not everyday that this much of the beach is exposed for sunset here at Sutro Baths. It was a slight minus tide and by the time we were done the tide had turned and was on its way in.

I do love shooting the sea!!

Tech: 28mm, f/13, 1.3 seconds, ISO 100

  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 7
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Dinner with a View

Some day I will be able to have dinner and drinks in that restaurant, while watching the sun go down over the Pacific Ocean. Until then, I will continue to provide entertainment for those above, as I scramble around in the rocks like a crab.

Thank you +Barry Blanchard +Chris Chabot and +Ricardo Lagos for inviting me along last night. The company was top-notch as was the dinner afterwards :)

Tech: 17mm, f/13, 4 seconds, ISO 50, 3 stop ND grad + 3 stop reverse ND grad (both by Singh-Ray)
  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 15
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Orange Clock

"This sh$t does not happen every day!" - said to me during a beautiful sunrise at some party I was attending in the desert. My response:

"Well actually it kind of does. In fact it is one of the defining characteristics of a *day*".

Let's just say that my response was met with a blank stare and the person, whom with I was sharing the sunrise, just gave me a hug and stumbled off into a swirl of dust. Priceless!

My internal clock for some reason, seems to be set for 1 hour before sunrise. Winter or summer, it doesn't seem to matter. Because I can't seem to do anything about it, I have decided to embrace it - work with what is given to me, and use it to my advantage if I can. This is one reason my photos seem to be full of sunrises (and the sunsets that go with them).

On a side note, I noticed that for some reason 40K of you have honored me by adding me to one of your circles. For that ... Thank you! each and every one of you. I look forward to interacting with as many of you as possible, and hopefully continuing to contribute to stream of beautiful images that flow across this place :)

Tech: 40mm, f/14, 13 seconds, ISO 100, 3 stop rev. ND grad

  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 16
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The Seascape Photographer

+Amy Heiden doing what Amy does. It is inspiring being around people who like taking pictures as much as I do. And it they don't mind getting their feet wet - even better :)

Tech: 27mm, f/14, .4 sec, ISO 100
  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 18
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Pink Presidio

Last night I downloaded the new Lightroom 4 Beta, and installed it - but did not open it. I realized this morning that I needed a few images to import and try it out, so I went across town to watch the sunrise in The Presidio. I was not expecting a very interesting sunrise.

For just a couple of minutes the sky above San Francisco bay celebrated the new day with me. I happened to be standing near the water, so decided to take a picture so I could remember the morning.

I like LR4 so far. It is a little on the "slow" side, but that is to be expected for a Beta. It makes several things easier to do as well. This image didn't take much processing though, so I will try something else a little more complex, later today.

Tech: 17mm, f/14, 3.2 seconds, ISO 50, 3-stop rev ND grad, 3-stop ND grad (both by Singh-Ray)
  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 10
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Yet another golden gate bridge picture...

Honestly, I did not go down here to today to shoot pictures of the bridge. I have lots of them already. For a few minutes though, the sky got nice and the sun punched enough of a hole in the clouds offshore to send a little warm light this direction. So I turned around and shot a few this direction, before getting back to my regularly-scheduled program.

Here is the previous shot from here:

That shot allowed me to really bury my tripod legs in the sand for the next wave, which really helps steady the camera. Another reason to use Carbon legs at the ocean. Aluminum legs may work a few times, but that saltwater will eat them up pretty quickly. And I always put my tripod in the shower for a full rinse when done with these locations. Tripods need love too!

Tech: 20mm, f/14, 2.5 seconds, ISO 50
  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 18
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My first real coastal outing with a new Singh-Ray ND Graduated filter. This evening pretty much had me hooked on capturing seascapes. I love being close to the ocean! The feeling you get when you start to get in tune with the rhythm and cadence of the swells and the sounds (and lack there of) of the waves as the crash around you ... it is addicting!!

That addiction has spread well beyond the ocean now, but I will always be very strongly drawn towards the waters edge. I have lots to learn about photography, but I have a feeling that I am not going to stop anytime soon :) Have a great weekend everybody!!!

Tech: 24mm (as wide as I could go then), f/18, 4 seconds, ISO 100
  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 13
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Sunset on the Rocks

I had the opportunity to go out and watch the sunset last night here in San Francisco. Low tide here at Sutro Baths, even with monster surf, can be both calming and demanding. Not very easy shooting conditions, but +Amy Heiden and I (where were you +Michael Bonocore?) tried to make it work.

I do love the ocean - and I always try to remember to give her the respect that she commands.


Tech: 22mm, f/13, .3 sec, ISO 100

  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 7
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I am too lazy to process with HDR I think - so I have only tried one so far. This is not it.

I need to get back to the coffee farm in Hawaii and chill out I think. All this blue sky we are having is making me grumpy. That, and I look through my lightroom catalog and I have so many pictures that I have taken and most will never be processed.

And even the ones I do process, I have no idea what to do with them except to put them online and let people look at them. Perhaps that is enough.

I do know that I can't stop taking pictures, even when I try. It has turned into such good therapy that when I don't my hyperactivity starts to take over again. I need to go see if there will be a sunset now. If there is then I will end up with more images that sit in the catalog and mock me.
  • Photographer Joe Azure
  • Published January 17
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