Beach Shots

•  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:

Wide angle sunset photo

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.


8 Responses to “Beach Shots”

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Thank you Jan. I would have used a graduated neutral density filter to even out the sky/foreground exposure. It would have also allowed me to do a little bit longer exposure – softening both the water and clouds. : )

  1. Kathy

    Your photos are beautiful!

    But I have to say…it seems a little unprofessional of your web designers to be two weeks behind schedule and then announce an additional delay. You are running a business, not just a personal blog. You haven’t really had the best luck in this area have you? How frustrating!

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Thank you.
      No, I have not had good luck at getting my blog “fixed.” I do have faith in the company I’ve hired, but yes – it is hurting me substantially from a business standpoint.

  2. Gaelyn

    I really like when you talk camera. I Need a tripod!
    I’d be a bit nervous with my new camera so close to the waves, but love the outcome. So much to learn about photography and what the camera will really do. Plus the software.

    I visit you for content, not web page design. Though I’m sure to like the results when they get here. I designed my own page and it’s obvious I’m not a webdesigner. Maybe someday I’ll pay someone to redo it, but I hear so many complaints about slow service.

    • Twenty Four At Heart

      Thank you.
      Tripods are critical for good landscape shots. My advice would be to get a good one. A cheap tripod doesn’t last, which means you end up spending more in the long term. Also, cheap tripods often still allow some camera shake – which makes them worthless.

  3. Gina

    Amazing pics….love the 3rd one. The shell is cool, too.

    And thank you for not asking commenters to have type in those undecipherable codes!


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