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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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A surprisingly docile butterfly.

A surprisingly docile butterfly.

Over the weekend I went to the butterfly grove in Goleta in a very lepidopterist move. In the beginning of the school year I remembered hearing about the a butterfly grove being near the campus so I looked it up. I found some mentions of it on the internet, finally finding the information at the  Santa Barbara Hikes website. 

Before going I looked up the grove on flickr to find out what to expect. What I noticed in all of the pictures was an off cast to the light, I thought it might have been one person but as I looked farther they all had it.

So when I went to the grove I was surprised to find my pictures had the same tint as the ones I saw before. I tried out a polarizing filter but it did not help the color cast, rather it reduced the light so I could not get a steady photo at 200mm. 

I thought it could be caused by the prolific eucalyptus like in the Blue Mountains, turns out that they don’t actually have that effect. So it could be air coming off the ocean or maybe simply unexplainable butterfly dust. I am sure it is that.

At about eleven in the morning almost all of the butterflies were still asleep on the branches, most looked like dead leaves with a few bright oranges interspersed between. A few single butterflies fluttered around the trees and as I was leaving one landed on the ground right in front of me. I started to hesitantly take photos and slowly inched closer until I was about a foot away. 

In the end I really wished I had a good 100mm macro lens.

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