My Beach Selfie

beach-selfie

Beach Selfie

I love taking photos, but ironically I’m not too happy about my photo being taken. Not because I’m against people taking my photo, instead it’s because I’m simply not photogenic. That’s just the way it is, some of us simply don’t look as good as we’d like in photos. I’m one of them. So when I take a selfie, it looks like this (see photo above).

I spend so much time at the beach that it’s only logical that I photograph myself at the Huntington Beach Pier. With no one to assist me in my quest for the ultimate selfie, I decided to shoot my shadow under the pier as the water came up on the beach.

Maybe I’ll use it as my next avatar? I don’t know. What I do know is that I just acquired a second Nikon camera body and ordered two different accessories for them. So I hope to be out shooting more often, be prepared to see more photos up on SoCalDailyPhoto soon!

Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona

Pumpkin Festival Southern California

Crowds at the 22nd Annual Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona

This past Sunday, my wife and I headed out for a nice afternoon drive to my old alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona. The 22nd Annual Pumpkin Festival was taking place so it was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Of course they had a corn maze, petting zoo, horse rides, entertainment, and lots of activities for kids. But the people really came for the pumpkins. And there were lots of them. With the wide open space it was a very colorful landscape.

As usual, I took my D5100 series camera and had a field day shooting the festival. Although the photos turned out great, I’m starting to notice that I may be outgrowing this camera setup. So maybe an upgrade is in my future? Perhaps a D7100 or jump straight into an FX body like the new D750?

Whatever I decide to do, there’s one thing I know for sure, great photos are created by the experience and technique of the photographer rather than equipment.

What do you think? What camera setup are you using to photograph this season’s fall/pumpkin festivals?

Bulls on the Beach in HB

PBR at Huntington Beach

Bulls on the Beach event in Huntington Beach

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) came to Huntington Beach this weekend. They setup on the parking lot right on the beach and had a capacity crowd show up. It was standing room only on the beach side. Who would have thought bull riding would bring in a crowd this big?

I’m in Huntington Beach often, so I headed over just in time for the start of the event. I met up with my friend JC who had arrived earlier in the day. With a much better position he captured the photo above. I thought he captured the moment perfectly. The beach was on the left of the image, along with the sun which provided perfect lighting for this photo.

JC captured a few other photos from that day, you can follow him on Instagram here: @crna6pk

Epic waves at the Huntington Beach Pier

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Fifteen ft plus waves hit the Huntington Beach Pier

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen waves this big in Huntington Beach. Most of southern California and especially south facing beaches, were expecting 15ft+ waves. Most headed out to the Wedge in Newport Beach, but I was more interested in seeing the waves crash against the Huntington Beach Pier.

The photo above shows a very large wave crashing against the pier, but there were many others that reached the underside of the pier and spraying the spectators. Those larger ones were 20+ ft waves and it was awesome to see the force of pound the pylons and underside of the pier.

Surfers stayed away from here, except for a couple that tried to head out. But it was very difficult to do so due to the strong currents. One brave man was out bodysurfing on the south side of the pier. Most of the spectators thought he was a little crazy being out, but it was obvious he knew what he was doing.

I posted a few other photos from today on my OCSurfPix Instagram account.

Oxen at the OC Fair

Oxen at the OCFair

Oxen at the OC Fair

The oxen at the OC Fair are always popular with the visitors. These animals are big! The caretakers brought each ox out at a time into the open area.

They carefully placed the wooden harness on both of them and the crowd was allowed to get near them. They seemed very easily controlled.

Oxen

I’m no expert on oxen, so I headed over to Wikipedia and found out exactly why they are so easily controlled. Castration! Yikes.

These oxen were very tall, just as tall as their caretakers. I believe they normally have them in the big red barn at the entrance of the fair grounds, but during the fair they bring them to the back with the rest of the livestock.

Photographing the animals at the OC Fair

Each year my wife and I take a trip to the OC Fair, no we don’t each the chocolate covered bacon or fried Twinkies. But we do enjoy walking around and looking at all the exhibits.

Plus, it’s a great place to take pictures. I don’t carry my full gear, only my Nikon DSLR and one simple lens.

In the past I’ve focused on the food or in one case the large sign at the Arts and Crafts exhibit.  But this year, I spent a little time photographing the animals. And one of the first I chose was the Oxen at the OC Fair.

For the photo above I got down a little low. I wanted my angle of view to be just below the oxen’s eyes. Shooting slightly upwards is much better in this particular case. I’m 6ft tall, so if I shot it at my level, the animal would look big, but it’s size would really be lost. So I quickly got low as they were moving the oxen and one of them looked straight into my camera. Almost as if he was posing!

Overall, we had a great time with the oxen at the OC Fair. I’ll share more images from that day on a different article.

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