Bird Rock

I had been busy lately with seeing friends a lot, work and other various things and haven’t had the chance to take off on my own in a little bit. Whenever I go too long without some along time I really start to miss it, so I decided to take off to Sunset Cliffs in San Diego to go shooting this past Friday. The Wednesday prior had one of the best sunsets I had seen in a while so I was hoping to get another chance at a good one. I had been watching the clouds throughout the day to see if anything would develop and I was keeping my hopes up even though it looked a bit overcast. When I got down to this spot, it was a little before sunset and the sky was just beginning to open up in the right areas. I was overjoyed because this was about an hour and a half drive for me and I really wanted some usable pictures out of it. Getting down to this spot is a little bit tricky because you have to find an inlet on the cliffs which isn’t easy if you have never been here. I scoped it out the first time I visited on Google Earth along with a few other sources and I was able to find a spot. It’s funny how some things can turn out to be great subjects for photos that you would otherwise dismiss if you knew what they actually were. Take this rock for instance. It is called Bird Rock because birds are always gathered on it and that white streaking along the top is actually bird feces. Who would have though that it would still look good in a picture. I shot...

Pink

  One of the first things you see when you walk into the San Diego Park Zoo is the pink color of the flamingo’s feathers in the nearest exhibit. I always come over here first hoping to get some good shots and because I think these birds are beautiful to look at. On this occasion they were pretty close to the fence that was housing them so I wanted to try and get some up close shots. The lens I had with me only had a maximum zoom of 105mm so I couldn’t really get as close as I had wanted. I took a bunch of pictures anyway since there were a portion of the flamingos that were in a shaded area with good light on them. This one in particular was the closest to me so I focused most of my pictures on it. I caught this moment when the flamingo was biting at its’ skin or something underneath its’ feathers for a short time. I liked how it came out because it looks like the flamingo was just lying its’ head in its’ feathers or something but it was actually a quick moment that didn’t stay for long. The original of this photo is almost unrecognizable because of how far out it actually was and all the distraction that cluttered around the flamingo. I remedied this by cropping in really close and focusing my attention on where I wanted viewers to look. Keeping the quality of the image was my biggest focus considering how close I was getting so I had to make sure that I constrained proportions and checked resample image when doing the resize. As far as adjustments to the image itself, all I did were some simple curves and...