Wild Waves in La Jolla

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 in photography

When I heard about the big storm in New Zealand that was pushing monster waves towards the California coastline, I knew that there might some good photo opportunities coming up.  While the biggest waves hadn’t come around – they wont until Friday – I grabbed my camera and headed down to the cove to watch some waves bat up against the rocks.  While the waves were not as big as I expected I did find a place just south of Children’s pool where the water geysered up every time a big wave hit the rocks.

This was my last photo of the afternoon.  As I snapped the picture, I realized I was too close to the edge and the wave came tumbling down on me and the camera.  Now the D700’s are built rock solid with good proofing however I think I may have inflicted some long term damage on it.  It remains to be seen.  In any case, I got an ok photo of it.  And if the camera does go kaput, I am looking for any excuse to upgrade to the D3.

FlashLight Power

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 in photography

I read an interesting article about a photographer that used flashlights instead of on flashes to lighten up subjects.  The basic concept was that he would put his camera on a tripod, turn the shutter speed very low and then move the flashlight around to lighten up those areas that he wanted to expose.

I took my camera, tripod a a huge flashlight (25mm candle power) to Scripps Pier in La Jolla (after sunset) and begin to try out the idea.  In about 30 minutes I had some pretty good shots that I was really happy with.  I basically set my shutter speed to around 20 seconds, ISO to 200 and then did long exposures right down the pier into the water.  There was a double benefit to the slow shutter speed.  Not only was I able to smooth out the water (so it looks really calm), but I was able to light up pretty much the whole pier so that it appeared to be glowing gold.