Posts Tagged: Pacific Ocean

July 13, 2011 – Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hey everyone! Last week I mentioned that I wouldn’t be posting anything on Monday. Apparently I used that as an excuse to also not post anything on Tuesday. But, now that it’s Wednesday, let’s get back to it.

I had to fly down to San Francisco for work on Monday, so I took the opportunity to fly out early Sunday morning and rent a car for the day. I didn’t really have a specific plan of where to go, but I figured I’d shoot for the coast north of the city. Thus, I ended up spending most of my day farting around Point Reyes National Seashore. That’s a reasonably interesting place, if you’re in the area and have some time to kill. There are some nice beaches (nice as in pretty, not nice as in let’s-lay-out-a-towel-and-get-some-sun), some interesting geography, and some wicked nasty wind. But, that makes for some big waves, which are also pretty cool.

I realize that it’s somewhat ironic that a picture captioned “Point Reyes National Seashore” would not contain a beach, or a shoreline, or anything even water related. But that’s where we are. Point Reyes is a triangular wedge of land that juts out from the mainland, and it contains, among other things, a bunch of historic ranches that are still operational. This one was along the main road in the park, after I had pulled away from the water a bit.

It’s interesting to note that I made *very* minimal adjustments to the image. Meaning, I tweaked the brightness slightly, and added a touch of sharpening, but other than that, this is what came off the camera. As in, I didn’t tweak the colors at all. Often these days you see pics from Instragram and other apps like it where people make it look all yellow-y and old-time looking, but none of that funny business happened here. It actually did look like this, it was pretty incredible. All of the wind meant that the air was thick with haze and mist from crashing waves, so the entire sky to the west was glowing. Cool stuff. Oh, I just remembered that my statement before about how I adjusted the image wasn’t quite true – there was a spot of lens flare that I removed with Picasa. So, I’m basically saying that I totally cheated. But I’m okay with that.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 55-250mm IS lens. 1/160s, f/13.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 74mm.

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January 8, 2010 – Shi Shi Beach

Shi Shi Beach

Friday, January 8, 2010

Whoops, I missed yesterday. Sorry about that. By the time I realized I hadn’t posted anything yet, it was already pushing 6pm, so at that point I felt I might as well wait until today. To make up for it, I’m posting this one much earlier than usual. I’m pretending, as I write this, that there are massive hordes of people out there whose sole bit of excitement each day comes from me picking a random-and-probably-mediocre 640×427 jpeg and putting it against a white background for their perusal. Shhh, don’t disturb me, I’m enjoying this fantasy. I’m sure there are a couple, maybe even that aren’t my mom, but maybe not. (Hahaha who am I kidding, my mom doesn’t understand technology well enough to find my page.)

This is of course Shi Shi Beach. A. Gain. It’s apparently the only beach I’ve ever been to, judging from how many pictures of it I have, compared to everything else in the entire world. I mean, really, how many pictures can you really take in a 2 or 3 hour period? Quite a few, it turns out. It’s times like last night, when I spent a couple hours going through a whole pile of pictures from a couple of hikes last summer that were all just garbage because of bad lighting and haze, that I really appreciate hikes like this one, where for whatever reasons conditions are just perfect, and every click of the shutter is gold. Can’t explain why, sometimes things just work out. Like today. I get to have lunch at Chipotle today. The stars are just aligning in my favor. Delicious.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22 mm lens. 1/160s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 20mm.

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November 6, 2009 – California coast

California coast

California coast

Friday, November 6, 2009

Hey everyone, here’s a nice pic to carry you through the weekend. This is a pretty old one, I took it on a roadtrip up the California coast, when Julie and I were driving north from San Francisco back to Seattle. We didn’t have time to take the coast the whole way, but we made it as far as the Redwoods before heading back to I-5. A nice drive, worth the time for sure.

Before letting you get back to whatever you were doing before, I’d first like to give a little shout-out to Rhonda Moon. Because she linked to me, which is awesome! ¬†Hopefully the torrential flood of traffic I’m going to send her way <crickets chirping> will make it worth her while.

Have a good weekend!

Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot).  1/1500s, f/8.0

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