Monday, March 28, 2016

Trip: Cambria In January - California's Wonderful Central Coast - Day 1

Creek Meets Ocean - Cambria, California
ISO 640, f/4.9, 1/640, 100mm.
Back on January 20-22 my family and I went on a two-night getaway to Cambria, California, a quaint town on California's central coast. It sits on the Pacific Coast Highway along the rocky beach and among the tall Monterey Pines.

There are two places in California that are truly beautiful to me, that in my opinion every person should visit at least once in their life: Yosemite National Park and Cambria. These are my two favorite spots anywhere. I could spend months at each of these sites and not grow tired of them. I would live in Cambria if it just wasn't so darn expensive.

In the early afternoon we left our house in Tehachapi, California. It's about three hours of driving to reach the coast. We arrived at our hotel about 45 minutes before sunset, so we quickly checked in and unloaded the car. Our room had an amazing view of the ocean.
Cholame Hills - Cholame, California
ISO 160, f/6.3, 1/320, 100mm.
The great part about visiting Cambria during the offseason is that hotel prices are a fraction of the cost of peak times. The beaches and attractions are also significantly less crowded. It's a more intimate way to experience the place.

We took a walk along the boardwalk and made our way down to Moonstone Beach to watch the sunset. The kids enjoyed throwing rocks into the water and looking for seashells. We watched the waves crash against the sea boulders.

After watching the sunset we returned to our hotel room, but only for a moment and then we were back in the car. We headed to historic downtown Cambria to grab a pizza, and the walked along the shops (which were by now closed). We grabbed some dessert at Linn's, which we took back to the hotel to enjoy.
The Coastal Range #1 - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/11, 1/160, 100mm.
Once back at the hotel I walked across to the boardwalk right in front of our room for some long-exposure night images. I didn't bring a tripod, so I used the boardwalk railing instead. I used the camera's self-timer to prevent camera shake. I used a flashlight to add some extra illumination to the dark scene.

After putting the kids to bed my wife and I slipped out to our hotel room's balcony that overlooked the ocean. We sat in the dark listening to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. We enjoyed a slice of olallieberry pie that we had picked up at Linn's. Then it was time for us to get some shuteye.

I captured these images using a Sony RX100 II pocket camera. I post processed them using Alien Skin Exposure X, with the exception of Cambria Sunset HDR which was edited with Nik's HDR Efex software.

Day 2
The Costal Range #2 - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/11, 1/160, 100mm.
Morro Bay In The Distance - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/9, 1/160, 100mm.
Ocean Rocks - Cambria, California
ISO 200, f/4.9, 1/500, 100mm.
Water, Fire, Rock - Cambria, California
ISO 200, f/4.9, 1/640, 100mm.
Moonstone Beach - Cambria, California
ISO 1250, f/4.9, 1/200, 100mm.
Ice Plant - Cambria, California
ISO 1600, f/4.9, 1/640, 100mm.
Cambria Sunset HDR - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5, 1/200, 100mm.
Seaside Jonathan - Cambria, California
ISO 1000, f/4, 1/200, 70mm.
Seaside Joy - Cambria, California
ISO 1600, f/4, 1/200, 70mm.
Seaside Joshua - Cambria, California
ISO 1600, f4, 1/200, 70mm.
Seaside Amanda - Cambria, California
ISO 1600, f4.9, 1/200, 100mm.
Linn's At Night - Cambria, California
ISO 1600, f/3.2, 1/20 (handheld), 49mm.
Downtown Cambria At Night - Cambria, California
ISO 1000, f/3.2, 1/13 (handheld), 43mm.
Pacific Night Abstract - Cambria, California
ISO 400, f/5, 30 seconds (I used the boardwalk rail as a makeshift tripod), 28mm.

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