Big Bear Solar Observatory


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A glimpse of the Big Bear Solar Observatory through a chain link fence, surrounded by fall colors

We are home safe from our all-too-short weekend at Big Bear Lake! It was so beautiful and peaceful there! It was a fantastic way to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.

The photo above was taken this morning before we left town. We made one final loop around the lake and I noticed this view of the Big Bear Solar Observatory. Unfortunately, there is an ugly chain link fence in the way and my tripod doesn’t extend far enough to shoot over the fence, so I decided to make the fence part of my composition. I think it worked out pretty well!

This photo is a six-exposure HDR captured on my Induro AKB1 tripod mounted Canon 7D and 24-105 lens at f/11, ISO 100 and shutter speeds ranging from 1/400th of a second to 1/10th of a second.

The image was processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, Photomatix Pro (get 15% off of this awesome HDR software using the coupon code “angandrieux”) and finished in Nik Color Efex Pro 4.


Today I am thankful for:

  • A vacation in a lovely, peaceful place
  • A safe trip home
  • Beautiful photos to play with – even though the trip is over there is still more fun to be had!

What are you thankful for today?

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