It was hot again in the Inland Empire of Southern California. My wife and I didn’t have any plans for the 3 day weekend, so decided to go down to the beach for a few hours. Our target was the Seal Beach Pier, in Seal Beach! This last-minute plan for a beach run would allow a little time for photography (we were having a bigger than normal surf) and dinner on the pier.
It was almost 5:00pm by the time we arrived, and the parking lot and beach were very crowded. People were running around, playing in the sand and in the water. There was even a professional photographer taking photos of a young family with the pier and ocean in the background.
The sun was still fairly high in the western sky, and pretty bright. We were on the south side of the pier with the sun to our right. Luckily some of the harsh bright light was blocked by the sea wall on the north side of the pier.
While I was standing just outside of the piers pilings watching the waves, my wife got busy and immediately started shooting. She got right in the middle of the lines of pilings under the pier and was clicking away with her Canon S95 Point & Shoot. Here are a couple of her photos:
I think she did a good job of showing some scale in this shot. You can see the size of the wave crashing on shore compared to the 2 guys standing on the sand. There’s also a sense of depth here with the pier’s pilings framing the scene, the guys on the beach in the middle and the ocean in the background.
This one is right in the middle of the action. All things considered, it’s not bad for a point and shoot camera. There’s a definite sense of depth here, with the larger pilings framing the shot, and continuing on all the way in the background. There’s also some drama here with the wave crashing and coming right towards you!
This next image is one of mine. I was using my Sony NEX3, with 18-55mm lens. Some of the settings were:
- Auto ISO
- Aperture Priority
- High Speed Continuous Shooting
- File Format = .jpg
The Sony NEX3 performed well! I actually snapped more than 100 frames for this short trip. At 7 frames per second it was easy to do. Considering how many people were around, and how bright it was, I am quite pleased with this shot!
I’d like to leave you with one more image, this one is from my Motorola Atrix HD Smart Phone. It was a spur of the moment idea to take a quick shot, and instantly post it online to Instagram.
So, what do you think? Not bad for a phone camera!
That’s it for this post! Until next time, Happy Shooting!