We’re approaching mid-January but I’m on my cousin’s deck, sitting outside typing this entry. Granted, I’m about to go back inside, but the point is, I could sit outside!
It’s Orange County in Southern California. People were wearing jackets last night, but that’s about as cold as it ever gets – ever.
I went to work with my cousins today. I sat in on a meeting about their business and an Internet site. I butted in a few times. I hope I did more good than harm. One never can tell.
Michael and I bugged out after the meeting and headed west. Before long, we were in Newport Beach.
Before this trip to California, I knew I wanted to photograph surfers. It’s not that I’m into surfing or surfer boys, but surfing makes for good photography. My main ‘surfing’ lens is also my lowest quality lens, but with strong light it gets the job done.
Today’s photo problem was the light was behind the surfers. It shows in the pictures. If I had unlimited time and access, I’d come out in the morning when the Sun would be over my shoulder.
Newport Beach was attractive for a number of reasons. Like much of Southern California, there’s a thriving business district right up to the beach. There are cafes and shops and foot traffic. There’s also plenty of parking… or at least enough for a January afternoon.
Newport Beach also has a long pier. That allowed me to go out as far as the surfers, though still far away.
I took nearly 300 photos today. That’s crazy. In the film days, this never would have happened. Ansel Adams only had eight or ten plates when he hiked into the back country.
Digital photography is a blessing and a curse. The curse is, it encourages you to be slutty with your camera, shooting anything that moves (Slutty is the right word, isn’t it?).
We spent a couple of hours at the beach. The day was beautiful and mild. The waves were running five and six feet.
I called Helaine to tell her to throw a few things in a bag and join me. Whatever she couldn’t take, we’d get here.
There’s a lot to be said for the warm California sun. I’m still going back home tomorrow.