Huntington Beach

Surf City, USA!  One of my favorite beach towns.  I only spent a little bit of time there this trip, because I was just trying to take photos of surfers.  I got to capture a beautiful sunset too though!  I will most likely take more photos there in the future, since I love going there. 🙂

I suppose, for those of you that might travel there but have not yet, maybe you might like some recommendations on things?  I’m no expert on HB, but from what I do know, they have a Tuesday market thing, with a bunch of art and some farmer’s market type stuff also.  In addition, the surf shops have big sales, with many items 50% off.  I totally recommend going on a Tuesday. 🙂 They do have the sales other days too, but I’m not sure of the specifics on that.  Many weekends I think, possibly Fridays.  It’s a happening town. 🙂  Also, if you like sushi, I love Sushi on Fire!  That’s all for now, I have to explore it more myself 🙂

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Bird Rock + Windansea

So my blog post got deleted…and while it wasn’t long, I can only write things once for them to be good.  🙁 Anyways…this is a continuation of my photography day trip from Tourmaline to La Jolla.  Granted, it’s not that far, but when you’re a photographer and freak out about everything and take a million photos, it takes a while…

I love Bird Rock, but haven’t really explored it much beyond the Bird Rock Surf Shop and Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.  It’s a super cute area, and definitely worth checking out more!  Since I didn’t take many photos there, I decided to combine them with the Windansea photos, which actually are missing a few, because I just could not bring myself to edit any more, but I wanted to get them posted for y’all, because I probably won’t edit the rest until next week.  I haven’t been to Windansea much; this is only my second time, which is funny because I have been to the La Jolla area many times, since before I moved down here.  So I’m not too knowledgeable about it, and I’m not sure what it’s defining features are beyond the cute little hut.  On this particular day, however, the surf conditions were bad at Tourmaline and great at Windansea, so I was pretty excited to get some awesome surfing photos!

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Tourmaline

I took a trip to the La Jolla area for a photo day, starting at Tourmaline. I’m posting each area separately, so as to not overwhelm you (or me). The conditions at Tourmaline were not ideal for surfing, but great for windsurfing and kiteboardng, as you can see!

New camera + lens = Surfing pics!

First things first: I got a new camera!!  It was my Christmas present from my hubby, obviously a little early! 🙂 Since I haven’t had a new camera (other than my iPhones) for about 5 years, it’s a vast improvement.  Sony a7R – 36 megapixel (vs 10), full-frame heaven.  You will get to see the improvement if you follow me for future posts! 😉 I also got new lenses, and since the adapter to use Nikon lenses on a Sony camera costs about the same as my beloved 50 mm f/1.4 lens, I just got a Sony one.  I also got a telephoto lens – 55-200mm I believe, not that amazing but I’ve never had a telephoto lens before, so it opens up a whole new world of opportunity for me.

The reason we just got a cheap telephoto lens is because I really only wanted it for two things; number one being the moon (you’ll have to wait for a new post), and then number two for surfing photos.  I mainly care about the moon, but surfing is an added bonus.  My dad then recruited me to take photos of him surfing, because he has been asking me to do that since he started surfing.  I have not included any of him here because (don’t tell him) he’s not that great and therefore not that photogenic…but these are the other surfers I photographed while I was taking photos of him.  Plus a sea lion.

From Swami’s. Click any of the photos to see them larger.

San Diego

Here are some new photos from San Diego!!  I ordered canvas prints of the two skylines, and I have some more canvases to order, so I’m trying to figure out which ones to print.  If y’all have any input, I would love it!  None of these are for sale on Etsy yet, but I have some previous California photos on there (as well as Portland and one Seattle), if y’all would like to check them out, here!

As usual, click on the photos to see them full size. 🙂

California

I am now located in San Diego, so I am working on taking photos of this area, so I can start selling down here.  I’m not sure that San Diegans want to buy photos of Portland… I am going to focus on my bigger canvas prints right now, instead of the small wood blocks, since I don’t even know how I can get those wood blocks now.  I have been super busy with the move, getting a puppy, and finally going on our honeymoon, so I haven’t done much yet, but I am looking forward to start some serious photo-taking!  Especially since I don’t have a “real” job now… 

So here are the first three photos that I have printed on canvas!  Click each to view larger.

California…?

Another repost.

I have a ton of photos of Southern California, and I enjoy them, but Portlanders could care less, apparently. I would LOVE to find at least one shop in SoCal that would sell my photos. If you haven’t seen them in person, I mount them to 1/2″ fiberboard blocks that have slots in the back for hanging. If you have a cute store somewhere near the beach in LA/Orange County or San Diego (all the photos come from those locations), or even if you’re somewhere else but you want to sell them, or you know of a cute store that might carry them, please let me know! 🙂

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Surfer

Surfer

So, I already posted this photo, but I was unaware that if you put more than 15 tags, no one will see your post.  Since I just figured this out today, and I posted this several days ago, I am reposting (with less tags).  So, sorry to those that have already seen it.  Here’s what I originally said:

I love you, California. <3

I don’t really have a story for this one. I was chilling at Huntington Beach, and this surfer was checking out the surf. Voila, perfect photo op. Thank you, random surfer.

Also, since I live in Portland, people here aren’t that into my California shots. So I want someone to appreciate them… 🙂

Southern California

It’s a close battle between the lovely Southern California and flowers as to what I take more photos of…I’m sure I would have more photos of SoCal if I was there more often though.  So, I am pleased to announce that I have FINALLY gone through those pictures, and they are now posted.  Yay!!  Click here or on the photo to go to the page. 🙂