|Red Chairs - Cambria, California|
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The weekend tour of California's central coast was nothing short of wonderful. There is so much beauty and intrigue in this region that one should never find themselves bored. We had some new experiences. We saw some cool things. I can't think of hardly anything negative about the trip. It was good.
I wanted to close out this series of posts by taking a closer look at some of the photographs. I'll expound a little on these images (after all this is a photography blog). Some are my favorites, while others I simply wanted to comment on.
All of the photographs were captured using a Nikon D3300 DSLR. I had two lenses with me, a Nikkor 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8G Micro and a Nikkor 55-200mm AF-S DX f/4-5.6G ED, and the majority of exposures were captured with the 40mm lens. All of the images were post-processed using Alien Skin Exposure 7 software.
|Yellow Coast - Montana de Oro State Park, California|
ISO 900, f13, 1/125, 40mm, 3/21/15 @ 6:32 PM.
The yellow flowers and the blue ocean provide some color contrast. I like the dreary-looking weather contrasted with the happy flowers.
|Stone Arch - Montana de Oro State Park, California|
ISO 400, f11, 1/125, 40mm, 3/21/15 @ 6:01 PM.
This image is about contrast. The eyes are immediately drawn to the areas where the light sky meets the dark shadows.
|Stone Design - Montana de Oro State Park, California|
ISO 2000, f8, 1/125, 40mm, 3/21/15 @ 6:19 PM.
I really liked the natural curves in the sandstone created by the tides. Again, contrast is an important element to this image.
|Brilliant Bloom - Cambria, California|
ISO 200, f13, 1/125, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 9:54 AM.
This is a simple photograph, but because it's a macro image it looks unique. The colors and the bright center draw the viewer right in.
|Boardwalk - Cambria, California|
ISO 320, f13, 1/125, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 8:46 AM.
I like how the path crosses the bridge while tunneling under the tree. The bridge also provides interest with repeated lines.
|Telephone - San Simeon, California|
ISO 3200, f4, 1/125, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 11:53 AM.
This image of an old phone was made to look old. I placed a portion of the dark handset against the light curtain to create some additional contrast.
|The Morning Window - San Simeon, California|
ISO 1400, f6.3, 1/125, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 11:43 AM.
I really liked the atmosphere and antique feeling of this scene.
|The Library - San Simeon, California|
ISO 2800, f3.2, 1/125, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 11:49 AM.
I like the balance and contrast of this scene. Eyes seem to move in a signal pattern top-left to lower-right. It has a vintage feel, which matches the decor.
|Castle Tower & Palms - San Simeon, California|
ISO 100, f9, 1/1000, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 11:34 AM.
I wanted to give this image a vintage look, and to help with htat feeling I tilted the camera a bit.
|Two Flowers - San Simeon, California|
ISO 360, f16, 1/125, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 12:30 PM.
This close-up of the flowers is made possible by the macro capabilities of the 40mm lens. The image works because of the color contrast.
|Red & Yellow - San Simeon, California|
ISO 1100, f11, 1/125, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 12:48 PM.
Even though the title is Red & Yellow, it is really the red and green that make this photograph stand out.
|Roman Statue - San Simeon, California|
ISO 900, f5.6, 1/125, 85mm, 3/22/15 @ 1:03 PM.
I really liked the natural lighting on this statue and the contrast with the dark background is great.
|Roman Pool #1 - San Simeon, California|
ISO 2000, f5.6, 1/125, 40mm, 3/22/15 @ 1:11 PM.
About a month after I captured this I saw that well-known photographer Trey Ratcliff had captured a similar image. At first I thought, "Well, great minds think alike!" But then I realized that there are probably millions of pictures of this pool out there.