Reflecting The Sunset During A Low Tide

Reflections During Sunset At Heisler Tide PoolsSeveral fortunate things came together to get the picture of clouds reflecting off the surface of the tide pools during a low tide. When you can walk all the way out to Bird Rock that’s a low tide.

One fortunate event was all the clouds. Without them the Sun would have been too bright and of course there wouldn’t have been any clouds to reflect off the surface of the water. Another fortunate event was low tide during a Sunset. That’s what got me down to this site in the first place. It was one of those near zero feet low tides and it arrived during Sunset. Lastly because I knew I would be photographing during a Sunset at low tide at the Heisler Tides Pools here in Laguna Beach I brought along my tripod. I was able to set up on an area that was fairly dry. I set the camera as low as I could get it and because the camera has a tilting back I could still see what I was shooting.

It turned out the clouds reflecting off the surface was a happy plus. A really big happy plus.

I have admit this is one of my favorite sunset photos that I have taken at this location or maybe anywhere.

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A Wanderlust For The Urban Landscape

The Electric Trollies of San Francisco

wanderlust: a strong desire to travel.

Wanderlust for many is other countries. For me it’s large urban cities anywhere in the world. Of course Paris is the tops but just about any big city will satisfy my wanderlust.

Living in Southern California a visit to San Francisco satisfies my wanderlust for the urban landscape. Doesn’t hurt that San Francisco has these wonderful restored trolleys from all over the world.

San Francisco has great opportunities for street photography, architecture, and, of course, those trolleys.

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Dense Wildness

Dense WildnessThe hills surrounding Laguna Beach are dense with wildness. Looks good today but next month it will be the most dangerous place in Laguna. A spark of any kind, the hot exhaust pipes of a vehicle, the careless smoker, or a discarded glass bottle. I could go on but you get the picture.

It’s the same all over California. After all the rain and snow this Spring and Summer it will be a dangerous time for fires.

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Against The Odds: Mistakes

Fenced InThis photograph is a mistake. I was shooting through a fence at the subject behind it. Only problem was I hadn’t put the lens completely through the gap in the fence.

Come on What Are The Odds of the mistake being better than your original idea?

I’ve been working on doing black & white JPGs straight from the camera. The Fujifilm X cameras are supposed to be good at this but I’ve done everything in RAW the past few years that I wasn’t ready to go back to JPG. So now it’s RAW and black & white JPG. And it has been fun.

The first couple of days shooting with RAW and B&W JPGs I wasn’t getting the look that I wanted. Since 1958 I have used Kodak Tri-X film and that was the look I was trying to get. Then I happened upon an older video by a YouTude photographer that I follow and he describe his settings for B&W JPGs with his FujiFilm X cameras. I tried them out and BAM! Exactly what I wanted. I still need to occasionally darken the shadows as I did in this photo but in general they’re good right out of the camera.

So add to the odds that I was shooting for B&W makes this an even bigger odds breaker.

Note: The YouTuber was Ted Vieira. The video where he talks about his setting for FujiFilm X cameras is here: Fuji X-T1 & X100T – My Camera Settings. These settings apply to all FujiFilm X cameras.

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