Landscape photography in San Diego

May 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Every once in a while, I need to get back to basics.  Often photographing clients we use various lights and equipment to ensure that we get the great image that can be displayed for generations.  However, sometimes you have to get back to the basics and leave all your fancy equipment and head out with just a camera and tripod...

Botanical garden reflection at night. Camera EXIF 16mm 8 seconds at f 8  ISO 50Balboa%20Park%20Botanical%20Garden

Botanical garden reflection at night. Camera EXIF 16mm 8 seconds at f 8  ISO 50

I learned photography by taking a class with my friend Julie and we would explore San Diego with our cameras trying to one up each other (Julie would often win).  For a class assignment once, we had to photograph something at night, so we went to Balboa Park with her dad, because back then Balboa Park was not a safe place after dark to photograph the fountain, bell tower and other landmarks. The picture above was taken recently when I was helping another friend understand their camera and how it worked.   

La Jolla with a long exposure.   Camera EXIF 35mm 2.5 seconds at f 22  ISO 50La%20Jolla

La Jolla with a long exposure.   Camera EXIF 35mm 2.5 seconds at f 22  ISO 50

When digital photography became affordable, I decided to pick up photography again and try to have some fun with it.  I immediately fell in love with photography again and taught Suzanne how to use a camera and we found out that she is a far better photographer than me.  We started taking images of landscapes and wildlife, which brought us to Yosemite, Yellowstone, Denali and Katmi.  The picture above was taken in La Jolla using slow shutter speed.

La Jolla looking south.  Camera EXIF 16mm 4 seconds at f 16  ISO 50La%20Jolla%20Sunset

La Jolla looking south.  Camera EXIF 16mm 4 seconds at f 16  ISO 50

Landscape photography is not easy easy thing to do, it takes a lot of patience and you are often exposed to the elements for extended times.  If you are patient enough and sometime willing to endure the elements, you will be rewarded with some amazing pictures.  The picture above was taken on an incoming tide and water would often swirl around the base of the tripod and splash our camera.  

Long exposure with incoming tide.   Camera EXIF 35mm 1/2 seconds at f 16  ISO 50Long%20exposure

Long exposure with incoming tide.   Camera EXIF 35mm 1/2 seconds at f 16  ISO 50


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