American Pride Tallship as it passes by The Queen Mary

Tall Ship Long Beach

The American Pride Tallship as it passes the Queen Mary in Long Beach

When I took this photo I didn’t really know much about the tallship, heck I didn’t even know it was called “tallship”! All I could see on the rear was the name, American Pride.

After looking it up online, apparently it’s 130 feet long and the official Tallship of Long Beach.

It’s docked at Rainbow Harbor, you might recall the Lions Lighthouse I posted sometime last year, this photo was taken right around the corner from it. All boats coming and going from that harbor end up passing by the Queen Mary.

My wife and I like to walk south from the lighthouse, through the Aquarium of the Pacific and down past Shoreline Village, then take the walkway along the water across from the Queen Mary. That’s where I took this picture.

Soon after I shot this picture, I heard a loud boom! Yup, the American Pride had fired a cannon off the side of the ship and I didn’t capture it on camera. Oh well, maybe next time.

On a different note, as I mentioned on my previous post regarding my camera needing repair. It’s back from Nikon, so expect more frequent updates!

Large Crowds Gathered at the 2012 US Open of Surfing

Huntington Beach

Large crowds gathered in Huntington Beach for the final day of the 2012 US Open of Surfing.

Earlier this month Huntington Beach was host to the largest surfing competition and festival in the world. The US Open draws in over half a million people over it’s nine day run. I was there for six of those days taking lots of photos. So many pictures that on day six my camera shutter clunked out!

I was so exhausted from the long week that I’m barely now looking them over to post on the OC Surfing Picture site. I managed to take over 3,500 photos of the event before my shutter blade broke on my Nikon D7000. So on the final it was a back-up camera that saved the day.

You might recall last year’s photo, well it was pretty much the same number of people crowding the beach. Actually, I believe this year it drew in a record number of people. The crowds seemed so huge. As you can see it was standing room only on the south side of the HB Pier.

Due to the high number of photos I took this year, I’ll most likely update this post later and add a gallery with more pictures. Or better yet, these guys have a large gallery of high resolution photos of the 2012 US Open of Surfing.

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