Thursday, December 15, 2016

Mission Bay

During our recent San Diego Zoo trip, we stayed at a motel very close to Mission Bay in San Diego. We went over to explore the area after spending most of the day at the zoo. We still had a couple hours of daylight left, which was just enough time.

Side note: I had just sold my 400mm telephoto prime lens on Ebay, and was anxious to try out my brand-new 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens. Some of the photos below are me just clicking away, testing out my new lens. I sold the 400mm prime lens because I found I was missing shots. It didn't have image stabilization, and unless I was shooting in nice bright conditions, I either needed a strong heavy tripod or my shots turned out blurry. Note to self: Never buy a telephoto lens without image stabilization! I also really like the flexibility that the zoom function gives me, although I'm sure I am sacrificing a bit of clarity. It's a reasonable tradeoff.
My granddaughter and I just messing around. Photo by my wife on her iPhone.

Lens panning... helps show the perpetual motion of my granddaughter!!

Up on the slide at sunset!



This low-light, handheld shot would have been impossible with my old lens. F9, 1/80th sec, ISO 200, 400mm.


This crescent moon was a nice little bonus, and I'm happy with how "close" I can get at 400mm.



As I read posts from my blogger friends and see photos of snow, ice crystals and the like, I wanted to share a little S. California sun and warm orange skies with everyone!!

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32 comments:

  1. Perfect picture of her running! Well done!

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  2. Hello, Your granddaushter is a cutie. I love the shot of her smiling on the slide. The sunset captures with the palm trees are stunning. Great photos. Happy Skywatching! Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  3. Love that darling smile on your granddaughter's face - full of joy! And thanks for sharing warm balmy scenes from California!
    Merry Christmas wishes!

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  4. I appreciate these sunny photos! Bitterly cold here! I like the action shot of your granddaughter!

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  5. Awesome photos :) Loved your granddaughter pic Lovely :)
    Greetings

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  6. Lovely pictures.The California sun shot is beautiful,but it just doesn't do enough to warm things up in my neck of the woods.

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  7. I think your new lens will serve you well. excellent shots

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  8. Oh, but I'm sure that southern California would look good with two feet of soft cold fluffy white stuff covering it all!

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  9. oh you got some great shots, I like your wife's one the best I have to say :-)

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  10. Well, you've "clicked away" to good effect with your new lens. The perpetual-motion-machine is particularly endearing!

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  11. Great shots and especially the last one gives a really warming feeling. Nice.

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  12. Thank you for allowing me to escape from winter. Loved, especially, the last picture.

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  13. Thanks for sharing your wonderful warm and sunny shot, Peter.
    Congratulations with your new lens, I hope you'll have a lot of fun and joy of it in the years aheahd!

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  14. All wonderful shots. You should 'just click away' more often.

    :)

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  15. Thanks for the lens clinic, and for these wonderful shots. Hoping sun is returning to the Bay Area today!

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  16. Beautiful images withe the new lens. The last two are really stunning, nice and golden.

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  17. Incredible sun and silhouettes. Can we trade places (it's now too cold to use ice on the roads in this latest snowstorm)? Thanks for the orangey sun shine share and I love panning, so much fun. What a cutie.

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  18. I'll take the beautiful California sunshine and beach and palms even though I am in the midst of Florida's sunshine myself now (thank goodness -- two days after we flew out of Eugene, they got hit by the first of two ice storms). Those are beautiful photos .. when our kids were preteens/teens we stayed at Mission Bay in a campground twice -- and then we did it again quite a few years later with our grandkids ... it is an absolutely stunning area and the campground/RV Park was wonderful .

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  19. Hi SP&P, Wow, I love these photos! I think the thing that impresses me most is the sharpness. In your description you talked about tripods. I'm learning (slowly) their importance. Even when I think I can get by without one there just doesn't seem to be the same level of sharpness even with image stabilization. Your new lens is just great! In my humble opinion your photography goes beyone the camera. You have the "eye" for a great image and that makes all the difference. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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  20. All beautiful shots ~ your camera is working well along with your creative eye ~ thanks,

    Wishing you peace in your days ~ ^_^

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  21. What beautiful shots; I love the moon photo and the one of you walking along the shoreline. Thanks for visiting my blog. Greetings, Jo (South Africa - where it's also warm now!)

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  22. Very nice - sometimes I wish I had a good telephoto but it's not on my list this year.

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  23. What a superb place to watch a sunset

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  24. I could use a little warm sunshine just now as I listen to the freezing rain fall and the wind howl.

    Great pics. I got the image stabilization feature on my longer lens when I got my "good" camera. That seemed to be a big recommendation as I read reviews.

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  25. Lovely shots. I can never get a shot of the moon with my camera.

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  26. Gorgeous pics ... looks so lovely! Great moon shot too!

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