Sunday, February 12, 2012

Morro Bay, California

I took a family trip to Morro Bay, California on Friday, February 10. This was a family outing and not a photography outing. Thankfully, I have a very understanding family who doesn't mind the delay photographing causes. Unfortunately, I was only able to be on location for a few hours and in the middle of the day (when lighting is typically the worst).

Morro Bay is one of the truly beautiful ocean towns along the Pacific. What I discovered is that I need to spend days--probably weeks--photographing it and the surrounding areas to feel like I've done it justice. I believe another (and longer) trip to Morro Bay is in order later this year.
Lonely Street - Tehachapi, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x about 25 minutes before sunrise, ISO 3200.
I got on the road at about 6:30 am. If this had been a photography trip and not a family trip, I would have been on location pressing the shutter-release-button at that time. But since it's a three hour drive, I was not going to wake everyone else up at 2:00 am to start getting ready.
Glass Lamp - Lost Hills, California
Taken at a Denny's using a Nikon S8100.
Denny's Design - Lost Hills, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Dark And Light Triangles - Atascadero, California
This image is about color contrast (yellow and blue) and repeated shapes and lines. Taken with a Nikon S8100.
California Highway 41 between the small community of Shandon and Morro Bay is a great drive. I could have spent the whole day photographing along this road. Unfortunately, time was limited, so I had to keep going without pulling out a camera.

Speaking of cameras, I brought along four: a Pentax K-x DSLR, a Nikon S8100 digital point-and-shoot, a FED 5c rangefinder loaded with Ilford Delta 100 film, and a 3.2 megapixel camera on a cell-phone. I haven't sent off the film to be developed and scanned, and as soon as I get them back I will be sure to post them.
Life And Death - Morro Bay, California
It's always a good idea to pay close attention to what you are photographing. I did not notice the dead fly when I took this image. It actually adds a weird twist that I like, so sometimes mistakes work out, but it's much better to make sure everything is as you want it instead of counting on luck. Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Sand Castle - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Seagull At Morro Rock - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Morro Rock Reflected - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Rock And Sand Pattern - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Sand Cliff - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Couple At Morro Rock - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
It was at this point that I changed lenses on the K-x. Big mistake! Be very careful when changing lenses on the beach or you will get sand and dust on your sensor. Now I have to go get that sensor cleaned, and that won't be cheap or fun.
Morro Love - Morro Beach, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Morro Rock - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Birds At The Rock - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Birds At The Beach - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Three Beach Birds - Tehachapi, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Seagull Walking The Beach - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Looking For Lunch - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Beach Lines And Textures - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x. I was trying for something similar to Rhein II by Andreas Gursky, but fell short.
Sea Shell #1 - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Sea Shell #2 - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Butterfly In The Sand - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Lines In The Sand - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Changing Tide At Morro Rock - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
The Rock And I - Morro Bay, California
Taken by my wife, Amanda, using her cell-phone camera.
Three Stacks And Sand - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x DSLR.

Three Stacks - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.

Orange Flower, Blue Sea - Morro Bay, California
The color contrast (blue and orange) are what make this image work. Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Boat And Rock - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Dog Running - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Soaked - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Water Crashing Over Rocks - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Crashing Water #1 - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Crashing Water #2 - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
After Crashing - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Crashing Water #3 - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Me, Two Strangers, And Crashing Water - Morro Bay, California
Taken by my wife, Amanda, using her cell phone camera
Standing Paddle Board - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Morro Bay - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Pentax K-x.
Seagull - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Fog Over Morro Rock - Morro Bay, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.

And that completed a late-morning and early-afternoon at the beach. We grabbed some lunch and headed back to Tehachapi.
Back-Lit Hill - San Luis Obispo, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Through The Mirror - McKittrick, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
TA - Buttonwillow, California
Taken with a Nikon S8100.
Not bad for a day trip with family.

26 of the photographs posted here were taken with the Nikon S8100, 16 were with the Pentax K-x, and two were with a cell phone. I probably would have chosen the S8100 more, but I had to share it with my wife so she could take pictures of the kids.

One reason that I often chose the S8100 over the K-x was because early in the outing the K-x got dust on the sensor. Another reason is that the S8100 is smaller and lighter--much easier to carry around. And, really, there is very little difference in image quality between the two cameras. The S8100 really proved itself on this trip.

Too bad that I have to share it.

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