San Francisco Sunrise

I’d been watching my favorite weather apps for a week, and had my eyes on a sunrise in San Francisco. Saturday morning, Mary and I set our alarms for 3:00 am and drove all the way to Marin Headlands just to shoot the sunrise. The cloud patterns weren’t what I was hoping for, but the color of the sky did not disappoint. After a quick breakfast, we hit the beach in Sausalito to grab one more quick shot.

Foggy Elk Grove Morning

When my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning I grabbed my phone and checked the outside temperature and dew point. To my delight, the recipe for heavy fog was in place, so I set my alarm for 6:30 so I could be out shooting in daylight on my way to work. It was just a quick stop at a park on my way to the office, but it sure felt good to get out on a weekday!

Top 9 of 2018

The Oregon Coast trip was well represented in my top 9 most popular Instagram photos this year, taking over half the spots at 5. Sunsets were the popular subject, representing 6 photos in the ranking. Of the 9 ranked photos, 1 was taken on an iPhone 8+, while the other 8 were taken on a Fuji X-T2.

Follow me on Instagram @scottspain to see a new photo posted every week.

Sunny Sausalito Afternoon

OMG… The weather in Sausalito was amazing yesterday! About 65 degrees, and no wind. I didn’t walk away with any photos I’m thrilled with, but still had a great day. Between wine tasting, shopping, and a crab-filled lunch, it’s hard to complain about leaving without an award winning shot.

Here are a few that I kept, including a hand-held long exposure with my iPhone while going across the bridge.

Byron Hot Springs Hotel

Let’s get the most important part of this post out of the way right off the bat: Do not go here. Byron Hot Springs Hotel is on private property, is very dangerous, and patrolled by private citizens with guns. And if that’s not enough to scare you away, it’s also haunted.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to shoot the hotel. Enjoy a few of my keepers below, but take some time and read up on the history of Byron Hot Springs Hotel.

Best of 2017

It's that time of year again. Time to post my 9 favorite photos from 2017.

My First Drone Photo

I finally did it. I jumped on the drone bandwagon and purchased a shiny new DJI Mavic Pro. Haven’t had much time to play with it yet, as the weather has been bad, but did manage to get this boring shot of my suburban neighborhood yesterday.

You’ll definitely be seeing more drone shots from me as the weather improves.

Best of 2016

My annual “best of” post this year is going to look very themey (not a word). Those themes are vineyards and Bowling Ball Beach (a scene I’m completely fascinated with). As my interest in wine culture grows, I’ve decided to spin off most of my future wine-related posts to a new blog, which will be coming soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this year’s top picks.

Bowling Ball Beach, My Best Shot of the Year

As I prepare my annual “best of” post for the year, where I post my 9 favorites from each year on New Years Even, I noticed quickly that 3 of my top 9 were from Bowling Ball Beach near Mendocino, CA. This year my best shot of the year came just a few weeks before the year ended, which is very rare. It’s a long exposure shot on my new Fuji X-T2 using a 6-stop neutral density filter.

Terra d’Oro Vineyard

Some heavily processed shots from the vineyards of one of my favorite wineries in Amador County.