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.
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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.
Canon 5D Mark II, 180mm Macro F/3.5, f/7.1, 1/320, iso 200
The Gorge isn't just about waterfalls. There are several towns and they have their own activities and charms. By far the best one in my book is Hood River. I plan to return here with my wife one of these falls and enjoy a bunch of fruit from the local farms, and just take in the good life.
And, this is the birthplace and HQ of kite surfing, a really interesting sport. It's like parachuting, and surfing, and snowboarding, all wrapped into one. The gear is fascinating. We'll take a look at that in a moment.
In the meantime, when I first arrived at Hood River and drove down to the area where the surfers stage their stuff, I of course wanted to get some shots. It seemed like having this wonderful bridge in the background was the way to go. But it is pretty tricky, the control lines to the kites are LONG! To get a shot with surfer, kite and bridge all together wasn't easy. But here is one anyway. This was in the afternoon, and I was looking east, thus the bridge and kite were nicely lit up. Check out the kite's reflection in the water.
That is Washington on the other side of the river, by the way.
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