Monday, April 4, 2016

Trip: Cambria In January - California's Wonderful Central Coast - Day 3

Cambria Coast - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f8, 1/1000, 100mm

The third (and final) day in Cambria began with rain. A storm had moved in and brought clouds, drizzle, cooler temperatures and large waves. Nature was more dramatic this day!

We sat on the covered patio outside of our room and watched. We saw whales and dolphins while watching the ocean from our hotel. Cambria is nothing short of amazing!

We ate breakfast in our room and then headed across the street. We walked along the boardwalk in the light rain. It was very pleasant. After awhile we headed back to the hotel to check out.
Red Umbrella - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/4.9, 1/160, 100mm.
We packed up the car and headed up the coast just a tad to explore that part of the shoreline. There's a boardwalk and trail that follow the cliffs just north of Cambria. 

The rain subsided just as we arrived at the trail head. We watched the powerful waves crash into the rocks, spraying water many feet into the air. We followed the trail for quite awhile. We were nearly the only people out there. It was a great adventure!

We were sad to leave, but it was time. Cambria is a beautiful town that inspires the soul. A few days there does wonders for one's spirit. We were thankful for the time we were able to stay. 
Pacific Boardwalk - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/4.5, 1/125, 66mm.
On our way back to Tehachapi we stopped in Pismo Beach for lunch and shoe-shopping at the outlet mall. Then we drove a few hours back home. Our three-day Cambria excursion had come to an end.

The only camera that I used was a Sony RX100 II. It's small and lightweight and plenty versatile--perfect for travel photography. There's no need to carry around a bulky DSLR. The trip was much more pleasant with small and simple gear.

I post-processed the images in this post using Alien Skin Exposure X and Google's Nik software collection, mostly Color Efex. It's about 80% Alien Skin and 20% Nik. I'm really liking this software combination, as I'm able to get the look that I want quickly and accurately.
High Tide - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/4.5, 1/80, 36mm.
The Pacific Coast - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/4, 1/250, 73mm.
Roesch Family At The Turbulent Ocean - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5, 1/500, 61mm.
Watching The Crashing Wave - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5, 1/400, 39mm.
Cambria Cliffs - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/320, 28mm.
Ice Plant & Dead Tree - Cambria, California
ISO 250, f/5.6, 1/100, 86mm.
Mystery Steps - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5, 1/125, 59mm.
Danger - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/250, 100mm.
Veiled Coast - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/125, 69mm.
Wave Crashing - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/640, 100mm.
One Legged Bird - Cambria, California
ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/800, 100mm.
When New Times Aren't Any Better - Cambria, California
ISO 200, f/8, 1/125, 100mm.

Not all photographs need be landscapes. Occasionally I venture into the street photography genre.

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