Posts Tagged ‘beach’

Goleta Dock

I don't know if I like this single photo or the following one better.

I don't know if I like this single photo or the following one better.

This is an HDR using 3 images (including the one above).

This is an HDR using 3 images (including the one above).

For a while now I have been planning on going out to a nearby beach to take some night photos of the dock. Before heading out I looked up the hours of the beach to find that it closes at sunset, a bit of setback for night photos.

I politely ignored this bit of information and began preparing to head out. While getting ready a flatmate of mine told me of how he got fined for being on a beach after closing, this made me a bit nervous but I got out of him that it was actually a group of ten guys planning to have a bonfire. Compared to that a simple photographer probably would not stand out.

Setting off I parked my bike at the edge of campus and walked down to the beach, heading through the parking lot towards the dock a highway patrol pulled up near me with a search light. He was entirely focused on the parked car next to me and ignored me as I walked onwards.

I did not realize that there was a restaurant/bar at the base of the dock and that the entire area was lit by flood lights. Flood lights really cut into good night photos.

Along with the flood lights the dock itself had a string of neon orange lights down its length. This led to a fortunate contrast between the dock lights (yellow-orange) and the flood lights (white).

In the end I got a few decent photos but not what I was planning.

For what I want I need to find a derelict dock precariously perched in the oncoming waves.

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The Beach


The gas pump at Lawson's Landing.

The gas pump at Lawson's Landing

I spent my last weekend home at my great Aunts Dillon Beach cabin, a place where there is no internet, no cell phone reception, no TV and I think one old radio. It is refreshing to completely disconnect from all communications and just read while listening to the waves.

It might have been my last moment of calm between now and Christmas.

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The cliffs overlooking Dillon Beach

The cliffs overlooking Dillon Beach

“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”

When Mark Twain said this he was absolutely right. 

I normally live about thirty minutes inland from the beach in Sonoma County, I spent last week at Dillon Beach at a family owned beach cabin. The week before it was between 90 and 100 degrees outside with the skies white from smoke (we had fires south, east and west of us). So we went to the beach to get away from it all.

The first day the afternoon had sun once the fog burned off. The second day we had sun for about three hours as the sun set. There was no sun the third day.

Sitting inside I could see families unload from their cars, wrap themselves in wind snapped towels and walk stubbornly down to the beach. They were going to have fun dammit. Later in the day the parents would return looking fairly unsatisfied with their California beach experience. The children seemed happy enough.

Despite the bad weather I was happy to be at the beach. Well when I say “at the beach” I mean sitting inside overlooking the beach with a sofa and a book. The best thing about the beach house I stay in is that there is no internet, no television and no cell phone signal. There cannot be more then four grounded plugs. I suppose there is a radio; I doubt it works. 

I am going back in September, the weekend before I return to school. Once back I will be on the beach once more. Or at least admiring it from the library.

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