I cannot believe how fast the first year of this little one’s life went! She enjoyed her first ever cake and ice cream, as you can tell by the photo. I didn’t really need to do anything to this photo; this is how it came straight out of the camera. With such a beautiful subject, how can one go wrong! There are some more birthday photos here. This was on Saturday at her parent’s house. The next day we met down at the Huntington Beach Pier where there was a kite competition going on. It was kind of interesting and there were a lot of people there. You will see a few photos of Lily and Larry and Shelley there. I also took the panorama that is at the top of this page that day. It was a beautiful week-end in Huntington Beach!
I have been working on senior portraits for a very fantastic young lady from Edison High School here in Huntington Beach. We finished up the other day down at the pier. We met about 4:30 and this is probably around 5:30. I will share some with you when I am finished with them. My goal was to take a photo of the pier to replace the one at the top of this weblog. I am tired of seeing that man in the red trunks. He doesn’t even look good! This one did not work for that. Willie and I will be going again soon. I didn’t have to do much to this photo. I took it into Camera Raw and upped the exposure just a little. Then in Photoshop, I increased the contrast. That’s about it. Since I used a low ISO (100), there was no grain so no need to deal with that. I used a small aperture (f/14.0) so I wouldn’t have to worry about the range of focus – meaning I wanted the whole image in focus and not just one point. I try to take care of things in the camera. If it is not in focus, you cannot make it focus on the computer. You can do a lot of other things, but you need to get your focus right. Until the next image…
I was at a car show on Sunday at Surf City Garage here in Huntington Beach. I took this photo inside their museum. I really liked all the color in the photos. The car show had a lot of corvettes and “muscle cars.” The rest of the photos are here. It is a challenge taking the outdoor photos in the middle of the day with a bright sun and very reflective car paint. Then when taking inside, I did not want to use the flash on my camera so I raised the ISO very high. Then I have “noise” to deal with. Noise looks like small grains in your image. I was able to get rid of it with some special software in Photoshop. I did a levels adjustment (which I do on almost every image). I wanted all the neon colors in this image to pop and I think I succeeded. Let me know what you think!
We had some very pretty cloud formations in the sky last night. I grabbed my camera and took some photos. The sun was very low and it gave some beautiful light shining up through the clouds and reflecting through them. I converted it to black and white because I thought it showed the contrast and the light better then in color. We all know the sky is blue and clouds are white (most of the time)!
A great Huntington Beach sunset…
We had a good class last night. Jason showed every ones slide shows and it was a lot of fun. He also brought popcorn and soda to make it extra fun! There were technical problems at first, but they were soon dealt with and the show went on. All of them were really good and very different. Have you looked at it mine yet? Check yesterdays post – that is where I have it. I am so behind on the 31 DBBB! Hopefully, I will be able to catch up or just take advantage of everything. It really is a great program!
This is a photo I took from the Huntington Beach pier late one recent evening. It was a chilly evening but there were still some diehards on the beach. Lights are starting to flicker on. The water is blue and silvery with the setting sun glistening down. Winter and early spring is a great time to go down to the pier. I guess any time of year is a good time!
A wintery evening in Surf City…
The weather was starting to warm up a little but now I hear we may have some rain this week-end. It changes from day to day! Class was good last night and we are learning a lot about CSS and Spry Widgets. I have some photos to do for my Saturday morning class and some more work on my slide show. My work is never done! I am glad I do not have a class tonight – I can sit and relax with Willie and the dogs!
I was at the park trying out some panoramas. There are four photos in each shot and I think they came out pretty good. It is for an assignment for my photography travel class and I think it was a great idea. I have often thought about doing it but it has been a long time since I have even tried. I have had my Canon 20D camera for many years and yesterday I finally downloaded the software that came with it to do a “photostitch.” This five week class has been great and I want to thank the instructor, John Clark, for the new ideas I have gotten.
Surf City’s own Central Park…
This is just one small area of the park. It is a beautiful Friday here, though a little chilly. We will be up early tomorrow morning as I need to go to class and then we are going out to Fontana for the VARA (Vintage Auto Racing Association) Route 66 Races. It will be a fun day and I hope the weather stays nice! Our friends Carol and Bill are going but my other friend Cheryl will not make it. I look forward to seeing my brothers and other family members, including Larry and Shelley. Have a fun day!
Aren’t these pink blossoms gorgeous? I was at Central Park this morning and all of these trees are starting to bloom. It was a very clear morning and the sky was beautiful. I took some other photos for my classes but I wanted to share this one on my weblog. All of the water is gone in the center lake so I was glad I got that photograph with the ducks a couple of weeks ago. Everything was so green and pretty and there were many people out enjoying the Spring weather.
Bright sun shining on the pink blossoms…
I have class tonight in exactly three hours. I still need to go take a few more photos for our group project. Since I need to go close to the school, I may just leave early and do it then. Kyla and Donnan are enjoying the nice weather today. That is good because it looks like it could rain again tomorrow. I hear Willie walking around the house but I do not know what he is doing – I am sure it is something very constructive! I hope you are having some Spring weather wherever you are!
We were at the Huntington Beach City Hall this week. All over the grounds in little groups of 2, 3 and 4 are these pelicans in different stages of flight. They used to be at a shopping center across the street, but when that center was redone several years, some of these pelicans were saved to put up around City Hall. The others were sold to private parties. There are also many tile murals with ecological themes restored from the shopping center and placed on walls around the plaza. They are very beautiful.
Pelicans flying above Huntington Beach City Hall…
It was very cloudy and late in the day when we were there. Maybe this summer I will go back and get another perspective on photographing them. It will be interesting to compare! Last night was my photography class. The instructor gave a very good and informative lecture on color balance. The second half of class was not so good. Our “group” is not doing so well as a “group.” I won’t get into that. Tonight is advanced web design class and tomorrow night we are going to dinner with Larry and Shelley. I am very happy about that!
I went out this morning to take some photos for my Tuesday night class. This is not one of them. However, I thought the swirl of the clouds was rather unusual, created by the airflow way up there. The shape did not remain for long so I was glad I caught it in time. I also got some other pictures for class but I still need some more. Blue seems to be a very dominant color with my photographs for this month! Now it is raining. I hope it stops soon because I have more things to do today.
The swirl of the clouds did not last very long…
Did you like the Academy Award show last night? I thought it was pretty good. They tried a few different things. We have not been to the movies in over two years so we had not seen too many of the films – just those that we could see through Netflix. I am one of those who fasts forward through the speeches and I like to see the clothes – the jewelry is not bad either! There are way too many commercials, you have to watch on your DVR! Well, I hope to be able to take a few more photos today – until tomorrow!
It is winter here in Surf City, alias Huntington Beach, but you would hardly know it by all the people at the beach. I was able to get this very late afternoon shot without anyone in it. The sun glowing on the water is so pretty. It looks very silvery. Notice the rock on the sand that has the sun reflecting on it. There were many sea gulls flying around, but none of them made it into my photograph. I like the photo and I hope you do also.
Silvery, reflective sunset on the beach…
It is fun going down to the ocean. It always looks so different from one day to another, but it is always intimidating to me. I am not a water person – it frightens me. I am fully recovered from my birthday celebration and my special dinner Willie made for us. I have a few appointments today and then I will be back home. I want to take Donnan to the park for a walk. I hope Willie and Kyla will go with us. My week has been from the mountain snow to the desert to the beach – what a life!
Isn’t this a gorgeous sunset at the Huntington Beach Pier? There were a few die-hards on the pier and there are always some brave surfers on this cold winter evening. The sun is just peeking through the pier pylons, setting over the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. Willie and I went down to the pier with the dogs. You can’t go on the pier with dogs so we stayed on the sand. Boy that sand gets cold!
A gorgeous winter sunset…
It was a beautiful sunset last night – just a few wisps of clouds in the sky. Luckily I had my telephoto lens with me! That is pretty much all we did for Willie’s birthday. He chose what we did and this is what he wanted to do. We never did make it out to dinner! We watched the Dark Knight. I thought it was good – Willie was not too impressed. There are only a few days left in 2008. It has been a very eventful year for the Casas family and friends. 2009 is going to be great!
Willie and I went for a ride and ended up down on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) as the sun was low in the late afternoon sky. This statue represents the epitome of Surf City, don’t you think? We even have our own Surfing Museum. There were a lot of people down by the beach. After the rain the other day it was so beautiful, plus, Friday is street market day.
Beautiful Surf City silhouette…
The dogs spent most of the day outside yesterday enjoying the sun. They did a lot of running around and barking – that’s what dogs do, isn’t it? I think Willie wants to make some more pork tamales. I guess we will go get the groceries today. Larry and Shelley leave on Tuesday for Scotland – I am so happy for them! We will miss them on Christmas, but, that’s ok – they’ll be here next year. Have a good week-end!
This was the scene Thanksgiving morning when we went to breakfast. Wasn’t it a beautiful morning? Those big fluffy clouds were fantastic! There were just a few people at the beach. This is across from Pacific Coast Highway by the Hyatt Hotel. There is a bridge from the hotel across PCH to the beach. What a place to stay on vacation!
We had a laid back day yesterday. I did not accomplish very much. We did watch the last two episodes of The Shield and watched the episode we missed a couple of weeks ago of Gavin and Stacey, both very good shows. Willie took the dogs for a good long walk before dinner. No more rain for now. Larry and Shelley went up to the mountains for the week-end. I am sure they are having a good time. Until tomorrow…
Willie thought it would be good to go down to the beach and watch the sunset last evening. We were not the only ones as you can tell by the sandpipers and the little boy walking down the beach. I liked the way his silhouette looked. It was a little chilly down there, but calm. There weren’t many clouds out as it has been a little windy here. Isn’t the shimmering gold pretty?
A gorgeous early winter sunset….
I was with Donnan at the vet yesterday and the doctor agreed that the growth (or mass as he called it) has gotten a little larger. They will do the surgery this morning. I have to have Donnan there at 8:00. I asked him what he thought it was. Of course, he would not say. However, he did say that normally dogs do not get cancer until they are 8 years old or more. Donnan will be two at the end of this month. So, we will keep our fingers crossed. By the way, Kyla loved that bone Willie gave her after we left. As soon as we got home this afternoon, Donnan took it from her. They chased each other around the yard for quite some time! She barked at him a lot! I would guess he is going to be ok!
We went down to the beach late yesterday afternoon. I did not think there would be very many people there since it was windy and cold. The waves were looking good out there. This is pretty far north of the pier so I cannot tell how many surfers are there. I could look at the pier camera! Anyway, I liked the look of the fence with the sand against it and you can see the sun is getting low in the west because of the shadows.
It was very windy all day and there are a few fires around, though not here in Orange County. The dogs did not want to go outside in the wind. But they did go out to eat and do their other duties. They really need a bath so we are planning to take them this afternoon to the doggy spa where we can bathe them ourselves. Willie won’t let me do it at home because of their long hair and something about the plumbing. Oh, well. Full moon tonight – be sure to check it out!
The Huntington Beach Pier Plaza is where an outdoor maket is held every Friday afternoon. About one block from the pier we could see that it was shrouded in fog. There was not much happening at the market. I bought some asparagus that we had with dinner – delicious! They sell different things there; the typical fruits, vegetables, breads, cakes, but also jewelry, flowers and surfboard shaped rugs, among other things.