It seems the gray skies dominated sunny San Diego this May. We are somehow spoiled by the almost year round San Diego sun and the amazing colors that come with it. However this gray May is an opportunity to visualize in monochrome and create black & white images. A friend and I went to hospital reef in La Jolla, knowing that the tide will be low and there will be no glorious sunset. This is a great time to do long exposures without the need for ND filters. With a tripod mounted EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 11-24 lens, I exposed between 20 seconds to 4 minutes. Single RAW image files processed in Lightroom CC. See more: http://www.arnelgarcia.com/lajolla.
After dinner we decided to visit San Diego's Waterfront Park adjacent to the County Building. I remember that they used to light the building in red for heart month, so I brought a camera and a tripod. We were lucky to find parking and made it just in time for the blue hour (more like blue minutes). No projected light in red but I noticed the cloud formation and quickly set-up, composed and recomposed my shots. It turned out that the clouds formed a V - for Valentines. Spread the love.
Comic Con is always a great photo opportunity. The thousands of cosplayers around are the best subjects. Their costumes are amazing, out of this world, they are friendly and very accommodating, posing for anyone who wants to have their pictures. There are so much positive vibes in them, that I believe that are real super heroes in creativity and friendliness. Here are a few that I have photographed. I photographed them up close. Simplicity was the rule of the day, with only one Canon EOS 70D set at AV and only a 50mm f/1.4 set at f2.0 (thus the title Cosplayers 2.0). If you are one of them, or you know any of these cosplayers, please send an email so I can send your picture.
We capped our 4th of July celebration by watching the fireworks at San Diego Bay. This is how I captured theses shots. 1. Used my Canon EF 16-35 with a tripod mounted 5D Mk III. 2. Manually set focus to infinity. 3. Shutter is set to B or bulb. 4. Aimed the camera high to the probable launch site. 5. Recomposed after the first fireworks were launched. With the shutter set to B, I manually open and close the shutter, syncing my rhythm with the launching and peak of the fireworks. Oftentimes, waiting for several fireworks to peak before closing to get multiple fireworks in one frame, as shown in the single images in the gallery. Sometimes I used my hand to cover the lens, instead of closing the shutter. This one shown here is composed 3 layers. Check out the gallery: http://www.photoworkshops.rocks/4thofjuly2015
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