Friday, June 14, 2013

South Carlsbad State Beach

Taking a real break from all things Korea, here is our recent camping trip to South Carlsbad State Beach Campground. I figured it's the perfect follow-up to my glamping trip post.

The following photo was taken around 9:30pm. I like how the five minute long exposure makes the waves look ghostly as they crash upon the shore. In general, I tend to enjoy long exposure photography.

Despite the relaxing sound of the waves crashing on the beach below, I got up very early to do some more photography. This fisherman on the beach is the best I could do.

Bawoo was eager to bust free from the tent. We've used this Camp Dome twice now and I'm not completely satisfied. I may have to enact the still-awesome REI return policy and try a different tent. It's not often that I don't absolutely love an REI product.

Campsite 207 turned out to be great. It's only a spot away from the stairs leading down to the beach. And it had plenty of room for our two cars, two tents, and REI alcove. We could have fit even more people!

On the way back to Vegas, we decided to drive up the coast. One of our stops was at beautiful Dana Point. We spent a few minutes at Doheny State Beach just taking in the breeze and the view.

One thing I was really looking forward to trying on this trip was a timelapse using my DSLR. I've done plenty of them with my old point-and-shoot (Canon Powershot SD770IS) and one with my GoPro HERO3 White. But for quality, I'm going to start using my 5D Mark II.

I made a couple of rookie mistakes.
  1. For some strange reason, I set the camera to take a photo every 30 seconds. This didn't give me nearly enough frames to make a decent length movie. I really should have figured this out ahead of time. I think an interval of 10 seconds would have worked better. I ended up doubling each frame so that I could at least get around 12 seconds of video out of it.
  2. The wide angle worked great for the clouds, but the actual sunset was too small. I compensated for that in Photoshop by slowly zooming in over the course of the video. Actually, this ended up working out nicely.

Carlsbad Sunset from Paolo De Los Reyes on Vimeo.

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