• I was called into a meeting this week and informed there’s been a problem/delay with the work on Twenty Four At Heart. Obviously, I’m not happy with this news. My original completion date was set for two weeks ago. I also realize it’s beyond my control. Please forgive the fact my “home” is a total mess right now. I thank you for your continued patience. Hopefully the delay will be short-lived and the end results worth the wait. •
I’ve had an unexpectedly chaotic week, in many ways. (See above!)
My injuries/pain levels have also flared up –
In part, due to way too much camera time last week.
The Neanderthal had lots of fun working on me yesterday.
Fun for him, is definitely not fun for me.
When the website is finally (ever?) finished, I will host a contest or giveaway to celebrate three things :
a) The end of my website stress,
b) Your amazing patience, and
c) My amazing patience.
In the meantime, I thought I’d share some recent beach shots and talk a little bit about how these images came to be.
The above photo was a long exposure shot which is why the water has a soft, blurry, feel to it. It was taken at one of the many Laguna Beaches I frequent. (There are lots, and lots, of different beaches within Laguna.)
I was crouched down in the water with my tripod splayed quite low when I took it.
My shoes get very wet and filled with sand when I take shots like this. I don’t even notice when I’m shooting, but it feels pretty awful after I’m done.
I hate it when my shoes go squish, squish, squish when I walk.
I know some of you like to know the technical details of a photo.
(I wasn’t planning to post photo specs until my separate photography feed was up and running, but for those of you who are interested: The above photo was taken with a ND filter on my lens. .5 sec at f/22, 100 ISO, taken with my 24mm prime and my Canon 5d Mark III.)
We don’t have many shell-filled beaches here, but it’s possible to find occasional treasures. My eye was immediately drawn to the shell and seaweed I found washed up on the sand. I particularly like the bubbles inside the shell.
(Sorry – I don’t have the technical details of the shell photo handy, but I’m pretty sure I took it with my 100mm macro lens.)
The above photo is another long exposure shot. Obviously it was taken at sunset. A slow shutter speed gives a dreamy look to the motion of the water. It also softens the clouds/fog. (It’s called a “marine layer” by our local, Southern California, weather people. Locals call it June Gloom.)
This particular photo was taken the same evening a rogue wave almost ruined my, relatively new, camera. That would have been a very bad deal. Fortunately, Canon was able to clean the camera up quite nicely the next day.
(Photo specs on the sunset shot: Canon 5D Mark III, 14mm lens, .5 sec at f/22, ISO 100.)
The last shot for today is another sunset photo, from a different day/different beach:
I like the above shot, but it could have been better.
The clouds were hanging around and it looked like the day would end with a decidedly ugly un-event for sunset. I had packed up most of my gear and removed my filters from my lens. As I walked up the beach to head home for the day, the clouds magically parted as the sun set. There wasn’t time to get my filters out and back on my lens.
I crouched in the shallow surf, on a rock, and took the above shot.
It’s pretty, but I think it would have been spectacular if I still had my filter on my lens.