I guess it is an ocean mammal weekend? Took this shot many years ago while boating off the coast of California. If you've never tried to sheet dolphins/whales and such, you'd be surprised. It's much harder than it looks! They are only out of the water for fractions of seconds.
Driving along PCH on Long Beach (Pacific Coast Highway) I noticed quite a few kites in the sky, and couldn't resist an evening session there to shoot them.
I shot kitesurfers once before, in the Columbia River Gorge where the sport was invented.
For the above shot, I was just trying to create sort of an abstract, searching the sky for the most kites I could include at one time. They don't tend to get together, because their lines will get crossed up.
Hey, it's a twofer! Click on the continue link for more.
While in SoCal, I visited Huntington Beach to try some of my panning wave shots. That didn't go so well, so I figured I'd give surfing photography a go. It's a lot of waiting for the right wave, and a surfer in range, coming at you.
But, probably like surfing, when you catch the right one, it's a lot of fun. What do you think, not bad for a beginner?
I tried a lot of shutter speeds so that I could both get a sharp shot, and capture the feeling of motion. This seems about right.
There are a few moments at the end of the day, when if there is no cloud cover on the distant horizon, our sun illuminates both sand and see. Thats when I feel the power of of light, water and Earth the strongest.
The sun will set, but mother ocean will continue her endless pursuit of the land througout twilight. I won't be waiting for first light of day, but I just might be here tomorrow night for another infusion of what feeds my soul.
Growing up, I always wished for a sister (in addition to brother of course!). But that didn't happen. So when the thoughts began of my own children, I definitely wanted a girl. And we got lucky and our first was a special little girl. And I still see her that way.
Second was a boy, and he of course is just as special. Valentine's day reminds me of passing cards in my own classrooms, and making the day special for my kids.
This image is one of my best from the recent Ixtapa trip. You'll note the small aperture - I was shooting long exposure shots when she caught my attention. Luckily the settings worked beautifully for me to capture two of my favorites: the Pacific Ocean, and someone's special Valentine girl.
[And happy Valentine's to you, faithful blog reader!]
Canon 1D Mark III, 16-35mm F/2.8, f/6.3, 1/200, iso 250
Frequent readers of my blog will recall that I'm enamored with the images produced by my blog buddy Diane Varner. She stopped by the other day and left a comment on my "A Full Moon" post. When I saw her comment, I thought "of course! This is such a Diane kind of image!" Which hadn't hit me when I was creating it.
Working on today's image though, I certainly thought of her. We both share a love for the Pacific Ocean. She lives right on our favorite body of water, and produces so many gorgeous moments with it.
This image takes me right back to that night, my son and I having hiked to this beach, photographing a broad stretch of sand, water and mother nature nearly all to ourselves. I'd like to think Diane would have recorded this moment in a similar way.