Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

The Most Beautiful Christmas Trees in San Diego

In December, I like to photograph the various public Christmas trees in San Diego. I haven’t got around to capturing all of them yet, but here’s a short list of the ones that I think are most beautiful. 1. Liberty Station The Christmas tree at Liberty Station in Point Loma is by far my favorite tree. The tree is an 88’ tall Norfolk Pine and is located in the North Promenade.

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Should I Share Photo Locations?

I often get questions about the exact location where I’ve taken a photograph. For well known spots that can handle a lot of traffic, I generally have no problems answering this and may even offer up tips about the best time to go, where to park, weather conditions, etc. However for lessor known spots I might only provide a general location such as the name of the park (e.g. Joshua Tree NP) or broad geographic area (e.

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Exploring and Photographing Sea Caves in San Diego

I’ve been photographing the sea caves around San Diego for the past several years. They are one of my favorite subjects, I really enjoy finding, exploring, and photographing them. To me, discovering a new cave is like coming across a hidden pirate’s treasure. I’m not sure why i’m so drawn to the caves but they’ve always seemed like a comfortable space offering a bit of protection from the elements and yet providing a view to the outside.

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San Diego Henge

If you are a landscape photographer, you’ve probably heard of Manhattanhenge where the sunrise or sunset aligns with the streets of Manhattan. It’s an incredibly beautiful sight to witness with the warm light spilling all over the scene. However this isn’t just something limited to New York, and you’ll be glad to know we have this same effect in San Diego although it occurs on different dates.

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Where to Photograph the Milky Way Around San Diego

As a night sky photographer, when I’m looking for locations to photograph, I pay close attention to the amount of light pollution in the skies. The stray light from building and roads in nearby urban areas can easily wash out the stars and make it hard to get clean images of the Milky Way. For example, look at the following two pictures taken with the exact same lens and camera:

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