Stephen Bay's Photography Blog

Photography Stats for 2019

I’ve always been a numbers guy so I like to keep track of some basic statistics on my photography. As of Dec 20, 2019 I have the following track record:

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My Creative Process for Landscape Photography

I live in San Diego and making local landscape images has been my focus for the past several years. When I started, other photographers told me that it would be an uphill battle, that everything has already been shot before, and it’s going to be next to impossible to standout. I was told that I would struggle to find my own unique pictures. At first I was discouraged and I found it hard to argue with this viewpoint.

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Predicting Sunrise and Sunset Colors

The holy grail for landscape photographers is to be able to accurately predict sunrise and sunset colors. I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of thinking that the sunset was going to be great only to have the colors fizzle out. Or perhaps you thought there wasn’t much potential and started driving home only to be stuck on the interstate when the colors exploded. In this article, I will discuss how I predict the colors for sunrise & sunset as well as link to the various tools that I use to inform my predictions.

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Landscape Photographers: Travel Less

Landscape photography often involves significant travel. If you’re like me, you live in the middle of a big city and there are very few opportunities to photograph the natural environment without getting into a car or boarding an airplane. I’m luckier than most – I live in San Diego and have the coast within a 20-30 minute drive of my home. But before I moved here, getting to a location meant driving for at least a few hours or boarding an airplane.

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Be Willing to Fail

As a landscape photographer, I often feel a lot of pressure to come away with a good photo when I go on a shoot. This could be because I’m traveling and I won’t be able to return to the location easily. Or it might be that I need certain environmental conditions such as the clouds and the tides to align which doesn’t happen that frequently. For some of my moon shots, I’ve waited over a year for the right alignment.

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