Posts tagged ‘water’

I know that this is completely unprecedented for me, but I decided to post another one of my “assisted self portraits” from my trip to Canada last year. Using the same technique as my previously posted photo…I got all my settings and framing worked out and then stuck my camera in the hands of my buddy Jeff, who had hiked up to the waterfalls with me. As you can see from the photo, I was ill-prepared wardrobe-wise for hiking. This year, I plan to be better equipped. At least I was fashionable, which makes for all-around better artsy self-portraits like this.

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If you’ve frequented my blog even a little bit, you know that I have no shortage of photos containing a body of water, a sunset or both. Admittedly, it’s not hard to take a photo of a sunset and have it come out looking great, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop anytime soon. This shot is a favorite of mine from a sequence of over 200 shots (no joke…) I took during a particularly spectacular sunset as seen from the “backyard” of a vacation rental spot in Key Largo while on my annual reunion trip with 20ish of my close college friends. Seen on the pier is a small group of said friends enjoying the view.

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It’s kind of a given that anyone with even the slightest bit of shutterbug lurking within them will have their camera out and at the ready for their local fireworks on the Fourth of July. No one can resist trying to get a unique shot of something so fun and beautiful to photograph…and who can blame them?! Imperial Beach, the town I [still] reside in just south of San Diego, had their first firework show this year. They set off the rockets from the pier and everyone gathered on the beach to watch them light up the sky. I’ll admit, it was one of the better shows I’ve seen in my time. I, liked every other camera-wielding individual out there, took quite a few shots of the show, but this one was my favorite.

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Whenever I go through my archives of photos I inevitably find a few here and there that I never edited and shared for some reason or another. This is a shot from last August when I took my camera surfing with me. I’ve been craving some surf action lately and have been waiting anxiously for the water to get a little warmer so that I can tolerate it. This photo definitely made me want to get back out there and catch some waves.

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Nothing beats a cliché sunset shot on the beach with a runner in it.

Those footprints you see in the bottom right of the photo are from my friend Josh and I trudging through what we thought was going to be some squishy sand and turned out to be foot and a half deep mud. We thought we were safe to cross the small stream of water to start our climb back up the hill, but as soon as we got close our feet sank straight into it and we submitted to slowly working our way across, one foot out of the mud at a time.

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Right before Christmas, I had some old college friends visit me here in San Diego. We spent a few days down in Ensenada, Mexico working with a church and then headed back up to San Diego so they could enjoy the sights here. Unfortunately, torrential rains hit the coast and we were barricaded in my house for most of the remainder of their time here. Two of them took off  for Louisiana and later that same afternoon, it stopped raining. In an attempt to enjoy the little bit of dry weather, my friend Josh and I went and hiked down to Black’s Beach. Normally a nude-friendly beach, we lucked out and there wasn’t a soul to be found. It. Was. Perfect. The seagulls were out in full force and the sky was a perfect blue painted with leftover clouds from the storm. I had a blast running down the beach through the flocks of birds, trying to get the perfect photo of them flying off. This is one of many I took and I’ll be posting a few more from the trip later on.

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I’ve realized that one of the most effective ways for me to deal with a bad day, week or month, is the ocean. When I lived in Greece, nothing took away my worries like floating in the Aegean Sea, so it would make sense that surfing provides that same therapeutic effect for me now. When I finally managed to get off work yesterday evening, I immediately shut off my phone, donned my wetsuit and hit the waves. They weren’t good waves, but they were good enough to surf and just bad enough that I had them almost all to myself, which was wonderful. I let myself get thrashed around for a while as I caught a few in, but spent the better part of my time out there paddling around and enjoying the peace of mind the water grants me. Nothing has the ability to melt away bad thoughts and bad days like the ocean. Luckily, I have a great little camera that had an affordable waterproof casing, so I’m able to combine my love of the ocean with my love of photography. I know photos don’t always do moments justice, but just imagine being out on that board, the pier to your right and the beach behind you as the sun slowly sinks into the horizon. The only sounds are the seagulls diving for their dinner and the water lapping at the edges of the board. It truly is one of the most incredible feelings to be out there.

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In a continuing effort to update my photo blog more, I’ll be digging through my archives for the little gems I let get past me the first time I edited through. This photo is from my thirty days of travel last September. It was taken right here in Imperial Beach, where I now live. During the few days I stayed here was also when I made the decision to move here in January. Not a bad choice.

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For those of you that don’t know, back in September, I got to do a wonderful thirty days of traveling thanks to JetBlue’s wonderful All-You-Can-Jet Pass. While traveling, I went to Aruba for the sole reason that it’s the first word in the song Kokomo. This photo was from my first night there after I’d gone on a beautiful sunset snorkeling tour that my couchsurfing host had hooked me up with via some friends of his that ran a water sports company on the beach.

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