Yesterday’s post was about Pacific Beach’s Pier and today’s post is just a few miles further north, Scripps Pier in La Jolla. This pier unlike the others in San Diego, is not open to the public but is mostly used for research by UCSD; to be more specific its part of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP).
Yet another week comes to an end and what better way to end it than another sunset from La Jolla shores 🙂 Hope you are enjoying the weekend.
A part of the UCSD campus around the La Jolla Scripps Pier, this is most probably used by the research staff & graduate students of the university.
I haven’t done a sunset shot in a long time, at least it feels like it to me. This was this past Saturday’s sunset at La Jolla shores, I took a stroll down to the beach just to enjoy the warm days as they haven’t left Southern California yet. I was wrapping up my shots for the day and I saw this photographer working with a couple and trying to setup the shot for them; I decided to take a picture of them 🙂
When the water recedes around sunset, it creates a nice glare on the sand that makes it act like a mirror. I tried to get the seagull to look right though the lens but it wanted to keep a safe distance from me, so I ended up taking an image of it reflecting back 🙂 This was taken back at La Jolla Shores.
Even though the tourist season is over, the summer hasn’t really ended in San Diego and looking at the weather forecast for the upcoming week its not ending soon either. This is the boardwalk at La Jolla Shores taken back in August, I love those tall palm trees!
Taken at La Jolla Shores
A beautiful way to end the work week at La Jolla shores, not sure what it is about sunsets but they really do have a calming effect. A few minutes prior to this the lifeguards had announced that the beach was closing and that people should start leaving the water, and thats why you see all these people running out.
Taken at La Jolla Shores, California
I decided to do something different today and only go out with my thrifty fifty (50f/1.8)! I usually go out with a zoom lens and I find that I pick one position and focus on zooming in and out and not much more, a prime forces you to think more of composition and less gear. They also say that 50mm is closer to what our eyes see, I personally think its more like 55-60mm (this is is on full frame sensor). If you have a crop sensore camera then divide your crop factor by that number, for example, a Canon Rebel T2i is 1.6x crop sensor, (55-60)/1.6 ~ (34-38mm) would probably give you something closer to what our eye would see. Having said that 50mm is great for close up portraits on a crop sensor, its a must for anyone beginning photography in my opinion.
Back to today, I also said that I won’t do any HDR but with all this texture I had to! I was subtle with the settings as to keep it more on the realistic side. I decided to go with a shallow DOF (f/3.5), I experimented with different point of views and went with this one. Now that I really examine it I should’ve “rotated” more to the left, ah well, you live and learn….
I’ve been trying to redo the shot below now that I have full frame camera, I wanted to redo it in landscape mode and print it on a canvas that I got from groupon.com. Unfortunately the Pier was crowded with 3 other photographers already setup with all their tripods so I thought I would just add to the mayhem. I ended up walking around UCSD’s campus instead and it turned out quite a good shooting opportunity. Goes to show that when one door of opportunity closes there just another one right around the corner full of other opportunities 🙂
I’ll post more shots from today in a future entry…
The image that I was trying to redo:
Canon EOS 5D Mk II, EF 16-35 f/2.8L @ 16 mm, f/8, ISO 100
A clear day in San Diego where visibility seemed endless. I just thought it was really neat how the bridge looks as if its leading you into the Pacific.
– 6 RAW Images [-3,-2,-1,0,+1,+2 EV] merged in Photomatix
– Healing and slight adjustments in Lightroom
– Nik Software ColorEfex filter applied