August 2009


Do You Mind?

I originally titled this “Do You Mind” but I liked Jeff McGrath’s reference in a Flickr comment to Finding Nemo with the “Mine, mine, mine” reference.

Friday morning on our vacation in California, I spent part of the morning at the Huntington Beach Pier capturing photos of surfers. It was fun to get out early and watch the process and tried to get some good action photos.  I have some of those to post later.

While waiting for a new set of waves I looked up the pier and noticed this gull further up the pier getting a drink from the fish cleaning station. Since I had my Sigma 50-500 on board, I was able to swing the camera around and frame this close up shot from a distance. I liked the personality he seemed to be conveying.

Of note, this lens is not all that fast at f/6.3 at full zoom, but with that 500mm at work it does compress the image into a nice shallow DOF.

Photowalking Newport Beach

This last week I had a wonderful week of R&R in Southern California.  Beach, family, beach, Disneyland, and did I mention the beach?  Our family loves the beach, so therefore most of our days consisted of getting up late, moseying around until the fog burned off, and then heading off for a day of playing on the beach.

A few times I ventured off with camera in hand to capture a few local scenes, once meeting up with Twitter Friend and fellow photog Bryan Villarin.  Thanks for making the trek up the coast for a brief meet up!

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