12
Apr
2007

San Francisco

GGB

Last week I was up in San Francisco taking an engineering class for work for a few days. On the last day I was there I had some time after the class was finished to go visit the Golden Gate Bridge and take a few classic shots. I wanted to try to recreate some shots I had taken on Baker Beach near the base of the bridge several years earlier. I have a new camera and new lenses and wanted to see if I could produce a sharper image. The shots I was trying to recreate are good as is so it was hard to improve on something that wasn’t really broken. I got the same shots with nearly the same lighting but they were not as good as the first inspired shot. I was able to shoot a few new panoramics that turned out nicely. The trip was never meant to be a photo trip and I enjoyed the afternoon and evening hiking to the base of the Golden Gate with the added bonus of a few really classic shots of a wonder of engineering. I was also fortunate to catch some guys kitesurfing under the bridge. I shot a few scenic shots in hopes that maybe something would be good enough to send to Kiteboarding Magazine. We will see if they find any of the shots interesting enough to publish.

12
Apr
2007

Rock Climbing

campsiteI have been rock climbing on and off for as long as I can remember. At some points I am really into and then some other activity comes around and I give whatever is new more attention. Moving out to California has brought climbing back into my life in a big way. The past several weeks have been spent climbing every chance that comes around. Several other people at work climb and we have already been on some great trips to the crags around southern California. Our first big trip was to the famed cracks and boulders of Joshua Tree National Park. Myself and several other friends from work spent two days out there camping, climbing and having a great time. I only took a few photos at Joshua Tree because I was having too much fun climbing. It is great knowing I can be back at one of the best climbing locations on Earth in only 2.5 hours. The other place we have been climbing is called Stoney Point Park and is located 25 minutes from work and home in the middle of LA suburbia. Stoney Point makes for a great climb after work. As usual I have brought my camera on our climbing trips near and far. The last time I was really serious about climbing I did not have a nice camera and did not really take many photos, especially not digital ones. This go around is different and shooting climbing is a learning experience. These photos are just a start. As I get more into the mindset of climbing the photos will improve. I am still figuring out what makes a great climbing action photo and what just doesn’t work, like butt shots from below. The shots in this gallery are a mix of Joshua Tree and Stoney Point. Keep Checking this gallery because its sure to get better.