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Old Nov 21, 2013, 3:00 PM   #1
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It's getting harder and harder to find time for my photography hobby - haven't processed all that I want to from a weekend over-night trip in September, much less admire everyone else's photos. Amazing how so much stuff gets in the way, like accidents on the freeway and so on.

But in any case, here are some pictures I took in September on a last-minute overnight trip to Pismo Beach. They were taken with several different cameras, you can probably tell which camera took which picture, just by looking at them.

#1. When I first got there I took a walk down the beach, snapping pictures of people and things that caught my eye.




#2. There were a huge number of these tiny birds (plovers, perhaps? I don't know) constantly in motion, running back and forth as the waves rolled in and out. It was interesting to watch, there were so many of them that they looked like grey waves.



#3. South of where I started there are sand dunes. They allow people to drive on some of them (in the state park) while other areas only allow walkers.



#4. Can't forget the flowers.



One of the things I do when I go to the beach is try to photograph surfers. I always wanted to surf when I was growing up, but we lived too far from the beach (and my parents didn't approve of it anyway). I don't know the first thing about surfing (except that people stand up on boards), but that's OK - I still enjoy photographing it.

#5. Catching a Wave:



#6. I liked the action feel for this shot. I can feel his effort to catch the wave.



#7. The city has signs posted around about not feeding the birds. That doesn't discourage the pigeons at all. Not exactly the most exciting or challenging bird photograph, but I liked it anyway.



It was a nice get-away weekend, and I thought I got some decent surfing pictures in spite of the fact there was not much action and most of the surfers were just hanging out watching the low waves slide under them.
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Old Nov 21, 2013, 5:13 PM   #2
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Looks you had some fun with the cameras. I like to take my cameras to places I don't usually go and I'm always pleasantly surprised at some of the photos I get...when I'm dealing with unfamiliar subjects.

I finds it's a nice personal challenge.
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I do try to stretch my photography when I can, but it's getting harder to find the opportunity to experiment much. I'll post another weekend away pictures tomorrow (I hope) that I took Veteran's Day. But I haven't finished processing them yet, I may post some pictures from a couple of days ago first, since I've processed some of them.
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Great series, looks like you had a good weekender. If your backlog only goes to Sept, I'd say you are doing pretty well. Mine goes back years at this point. Like you say, it's not always easy to find time

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Very nice, looks like a good time at the beach.
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Very nice Harriet, looks like you are enjoying your Q and the K5. The first surfer is a great shot I like the layers the waves create. I got to touch a Q7 in person today. Pentax finally has a presents in Michigan and it's only 30 miles from home, also got to checkout a K3.
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Terrific series, love the pigeon shot.

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You still got it.
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That first surfer shot is one of my best surfer shots (in my opinion). It's certainly the best that I've managed from the beach (my best one was taken from a jetty). I took it with the K5 and the DA*300/1.7 AFA combination. I'm not sure whether the pigeon was taken with the DA*300 or the Viv S1 105 macro attached to the 1.7AFA. I'm not always careful about changing the focal length when I change lenses with the 1.7 on the camera. Both lenses work really, really well with that TC, so I'll change between the two often on beach walks.
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Looks like you had a good time. I like number one, and agree with you on the first surfer pic. Your timing was perfect. You should get out more often!
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