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Out & About—Oceanside sunset from the pier on 11/6/2017

Out & About

Pictures of beaches during King Tides, which are the highest of the high tides and the lowest of the low tides each year, can be quite beautiful, especially if there are people, buildings, piers, boats, and sunsets (or sunrises) to provide reflections on the wet sand and make it that much more beautiful.

Yesterday the sun set at 4:53 p.m., the exact time of the second-to-the-last King Tide for 2017. Check out the beautiful pictures from the Oceanside pier.

Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Most of the people in the wet sand were taking pictures,
and most of them were members of the Pacific Photographic Society,
to which I belong and the reason I was there yesterday.
Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Ooopsy. A couple of photographers forgot their tripods!
Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

Sunset from the Oceanside pier in Oceanside, California, on November 6, 2017

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Picture of the Moment—San Diego harbor sunset on 11/3/2017

Picture of the Moment

Ever since I worked in the wireless telecommunications industry from April 1994 to March 2000, I have been anti-cellphone. I always wanted a portable phone that made and received phone calls. Never a phone that allowed whole families to ignore each other when they went out to eat; a phone that allowed husband and wife, brother and sister, boy and girl on a date, to ignore each other. I understand children have a phone for emergency purposes, but still…. Maybe I’m just upset that parents aren’t teaching their children how to use smart phones responsibly. Or maybe parents are using smart phones as babysitters…. I don’t know.

Thus, I’ve been a decade behind everyone else with their phones. Until a couple of days ago when I put aside my Samsung Galaxy S “Captivate” and got a Samsung Galaxy S8. I must admit that I hate the thing. Maybe I’ll learn to like it as I discover how it can control my life….

I did use it to take  a picture of last night’s sunset because I had left my DSLR in the car. Purposefully, I might add, because I try not to take it into restaurants unless I’m intending to do a review of the restaurant and its food. The picture is alright. Certainly nothing like I get out of my Canon 760D. However, the picture below is the camera-created JPG. JPG’s throw away a lot of information, which is why, even after photoshopping, this picture leaves a little to be desired.

I did discover that the phone also creates RAW picture files. Unfortunately, it took me about 30 minutes to get the JPG off the phone (I had to email it to myself), and I have not yet gotten the RAW file off the phone. The RAW file is about 25 MB, too large for many email services. If I can get this thing to work the way I want it to, and not the way Samsung’s engineers want it to, I can see me doing more restaurant reviews with pictures of food.

Meanwhile, here’s last night’s sunset from the Fish Market in downtown San Diego overlooking San Diego Bay.

Sunset in San Diego on 11/3/17

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Sunrise, sunset

Picture of the Moment

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We have been having beautiful sunrises and sunsets since mid-October.

My home office faces east, and, like my wise old grandmother, I get up before the sun does. Thus I see the sunrise every day. Following is the sunrise of December 2:

Sunrise in La Mesa, California

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I wasn’t prepared for that sunrise so I had to take the picture through my home office window (only slightly dirtier than the windows in a coal mine) and through the screen. So all the smudging will forever prevent me from using that picture for anything other than a snapshot for a blog post.

Here’s another from October 24 through my home office window:

Sunrise in La Mesa, California, on October 24, 2016

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The most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen might be that of December 5:

Sunrise in La Mesa, California

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I was prepared for it, so the window was open and the screen had been removed.

The only sunrise that might compete with it is the sunrise on September 17, 2012, that I watched from the top of Mount Helix, also here in La Mesa (Mount Helix is a mountain 900 feet tall—if they are taller than us, we call them mountains here in San Diego):

Sunrise from the top of Mount Helix in La Mesa, California

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I have billions of sunset pictures because I have to make myself all beautiful and go out into the world in order to get sunset pictures since there is a mountain behind me blocking my view to the west. My favorite sunset pictures usually involve water or boats, like panorama of San Diego harbor on November 7, 2016:

Sunset on November 7, 2016, San Diego harbor

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My favorite sunrise and sunset pictures usually have a lot of colors in them, like these three:

Sunset in San Diego California

Sunset at La Jolla Cove, 10-17-12, La Jolla, California

October 17, 2012, sunset in La Jolla, California

Top picture: Sunset at Imperial Beach, California, on November 5, 2011
Middle picture: Sunset at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, on , October 17, 2012
Bottom picture: Sunset at La Jolla Cove in La Jolla, California, on , October 17, 2012

La Jolla’s sunset on October 17, 2012, was pretty spectacular throughout the course of about two hours, and if you’re ever in San Diego, go visit La Jolla. Such beauty throughout the is to be experienced, photographed, and shared.

We all know that the sun sets in the west but occasionally here in La Mesa, California, it can look like it sets in the east. Here is the sunset from last night, December 10, but looking east instead of west:

Sunset in La Mesa, California on December 10, 2016, looking east

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I was not prepared for that sunset so, again, a grainy smudgy picture unsuitable for anything other than a snapshot of a sunset.

And lastly, here is what a certain queen in the house thinks about all my sunrise and sunset excitement:

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Sunrises

Picture of the Moment

I have sang at several weddings for friends, the last one in 1984 in Boerne, Texas.

The song I sang for Thad & Charlotte was “Sunrise, Sunset” from the movie “Fiddler on the Roof.”

While I liked the song and realized what it was about, without ever having seen the movie (it came out in 1971, while the musical is from 1964), I was the only one of my friends who was always up in time to watch the sunrise and late enough to bed to catch the sunset, so just the title of the song made it a favorite of mine.

Sunrises and sunsets in 2016 here in the San Diego area have been spectacular almost every day so far.

Following are two of my favorite sunrises, the first one being from this morning.

San Diego (La Mesa) sunrise, January 14, 2016

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San Diego (La Mesa) sunrise, January 6, 2016

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Traffic signal silhouette at sunset

Why is everyone honking?

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Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

I had to go over to the Music Department at San Diego State University an hour ago. I could tell that I was going to get to see a good sunset. I was stopped at a traffic signal, thinking it would be logical and safe to stop at a red light. While sitting there looking at the sunset, I thought I’d take a silhouette picture of the traffic signal.

All of a sudden people were honking. Wonder why……………….

Traffic signal silhouette at sunset

 

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La Mesa sunset

Sunset from my back patio

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Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

I have good clouds here in La Mesa more so than they do at the coast because I’m 14 miles inland. With all the rain we’ve had the past couple of days, I knew that as soon as the rain ceased we’d have some nice sunsets. Tonight was one of those nights. The following two pictures were taken from my back patio.

La Mesa sunset

 

La Mesa sunset

 

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SNIPPETS — #5: Taking sunset pictures when there is no sunset

Snippets

#5: Taking sunset pictures when there is no sunset

 

We are fortunate that we have a lot of sunshine here in San Diego….

Mostly….

Lots of sunshine often means that pictures come out harsh, sometimes overexposed, sometimes with parts of the picture blown out, especially the whites and reflections.

When I’m in that situation and don’t want to go home yet, I’ll often take sunset pictures.

I was downtown recently and the morning sun was out and bright, without the typical early morning marine layer that is prevalent…. just a few swirls of clouds here and there. So I took sunset pictures. It’s not hard to do. Just set your exposure compensation (EC) to the negative side.

The following five pictures were taking at normal exposure, -1 EC, -2 EC, -3 EC, and -4 EC:

 

Downtown San Diego at dawn

 

Downtown San Diego at dawn

 

Downtown San Diego at dawn

 

Downtown San Diego at dawn

 

I really like silhouettes, so I like the last picture best. However, I can put some building detail back into the picture in a digital photo editing program; I used Lightroom 4:

Downtown San Diego at dawn

 

SNIPPETS are short posts about anything and everything.
Each SNIPPETS will also have a picture.
After all, this is Russel Ray Photos.

 

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