Malibu – Kiteboarding – Who Needs Waves or a JetSki?

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A kiteboarder dances across the water on the southern end of Malibu.  The wind, caught by the canoe-shaped sail, pulls him across the water at high speeds.

The kiteboarder deftly controls the long cables that enable him to direct his sail into the best position possible for his dash back and forth, over and across the top of the blue water.

Exposure Time: 0.004s (1/250)
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 105mm (157mm in 35mm)

Up And Down the Coast of Malibu – Waves – Blue Water, White Surf

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Took a long, lovely drive up the coast of Southern California on Hallowe’en Sunday.  The day was gorgeous, the water glorious and the traffic barely there.   It was heaven.

Of course, there was no way I would have forgotten to take my camera with me, and I got some lovely shots while I was out and about.

Exposure Time: 0.0015s (1/640)
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 270mm (405mm in 35mm)

One huge difference between Malibu and the less “elite” beaches of Southern California is the relative sparseness of human visitors.  It’s really a nice change from crowded sands and virtually non-existent parking.

144Exposure Time: 0.0015s (1/640)
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 270mm (405mm in 35mm)

When You Live In The Entertainment Capitol of the World…

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I live in what is called the Entertainment Capitol of the World, and so I often happen upon television shows, motion pictures and commercials being filmed all over the Los Angeles area.  The other morning, I discovered the cast and crew of ABC Television’s Monday night hit “Castle”, filming an upcoming episode.

I stood back so that I wouldn’t get in the way, and still managed to shoot some very good pictures.

To the left is the show’s female lead Stana Katic, who plays “Detective Kate Beckett”, as she checked her notes shortly before her scene was shot.  I was just aiming the camera at her and shooting in a burst when the bus came zipping by, framing her beautifully, calm against the energy of the city.

Exposure Time: 0.0333s (1/30)
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 3200
Focal Length: 105mm (157mm in 35mm)

“Castle” star Nathan Fillion, who portrays best selling mystery author Richard Castle, in a quiet moment before shooting begins.

During my hour and a half or so of unobtrusive shooting, it was easy to see that Mr Fillion was easy going and fairly friendly with his fellow cast and crew. 

Exposure Time: 0.025s (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 1800
Focal Length: 105mm (157mm in 35mm)

Nathan and Stana spent a lot of time just standing around as shots were being framed and extras (such as the two seen in the background of this shot) were getting their marks down.

I have no idea what he was showing Ms Katic, but Nathan took a moment to show her something on his smartphone.  As Nathan is an avid user of Twitter, I’m assuming that it had something to do with that social media site.

Exposure Time: 0.025s (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 2200
Focal Length: 105mm (157mm in 35mm)

10-21-2010 A Sea of Flowers

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Now, I know you’re looking at this picture and are thinking “what do you mean flowers?  Those are leaves!”

Well, they aren’t.  If you look closely, you will see green leaves in and around the cluster of these wildly pink flowers.  I took several pictures of this particular bush, and will be posting the other shots as well,  so you can see the variation and beauty of this most unusual floral symphony.

Exposure Time: 0.0125s (1/80)
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 66mm (99mm in 35mm)

The flower to the right is a part of the bush you see at the top of this entry.  Note the delicate veins in the center of the middle-pink petals.  It’s really quite lovely.

Exposure Time: 0.025s (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 220
Focal Length: 105mm (157mm in 35mm)

 

Exposure Time: 0.025s (1/40)
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 105mm (157mm in 35mm) 

 

 

10-21-2010 It’s Not All Plastic

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Contrary to popular belief, it’s not all plastic in and around the carefully constructed Lego buildings, people and critters.

There is a massive amount of carefully tended bonsai plants that have been painstakingly pruned and coddled into staying quite small, to give the illusion that these little settings are quite real.

We didn’t see any of the groundskeepers around during our visit, but I suspect that when no visitors are about, they are all over the place, tending their curious gardens.

Exposure Time: 0.01s (1/100)
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 62mm (93mm in 35mm)

10-21-2010 Legoland Purple Loveliness

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This dainty little guy stood out from the otherwise busy tree, and I couldn’t help approaching and shooting him.  The droplets of water that you can see are actually on the back of the flower.

It was nice seeing some color against that gray sky in the background.

Exposure Time: 0.005s (1/200)
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 70mm (105mm in 35mm)

10-21-2010 More Color From Legoland

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A second example of the floral treats that pepper Legoland.  The contrast of the green leaves against the bright flower makes it pop even further.

All the flowers around Legoland were drinking up the moisture in the air from the extended rainy/damp period we’ve been having in otherwise sunny Southern California, and the leaves of the various plants had been washed clean by the rainfall.

Exposure Time: 0.02s (1/50)
Aperture: f/4.8
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 42mm (63mm in 35mm)

10-21-2010 Legoland’s Not Just About Toys

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We went on a trip to Legoland today to enjoy the sights, and imagine my delighted surprise when I discovered a floral extravaganza therein.

This vividly colored hibiscus was a splash of color on an otherwise gray day.

It was only when I was developing the shot that I discovered the little visitor on the leaf to the left of the bloom.  I thought about excising him, but then decided that I’d leave him there.

Exposure Time: 0.0125s (1/80)
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 50mm (75mm in 35mm)

Bee in the Flowerbed – Profile Shot

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I was going through some older photos and found this gem.  I didn’t think I had another picture of her with this much detail.

This is the same incredibly patient bee who went about her business collecting pollen as I snapped away.  I’ve zoomed the image in so you can see the level of detail the camera was able to get.

Exposure Time: 0.0025s (1/400)
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 18mm (27mm in 35mm)

Nighttime in the Rooftop Garden

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I’ve always been a bit of a night owl, and it’s not uncommon for me to go to the roof in the wee morning hours, camera and tripod in hand, to see what I can see.  It makes my family a bit crazy, but they tolerate my eccentricities.

This just about perfect rose caught my attention and I set up for photos.  They’re a bit grainy because of the setting, but it’s made for a very interesting result.  I can’t wait to have the opportunity to try this again with a slightly different setup to see what I might accomplish.

Exposure Time: 0.8s (8/10)
Aperture: f/5.3
ISO: 3200
Focal Length: 75mm (112mm in 35mm)