Bay Area

At the Beach

I was in Daly City yesterday to consume copious amounts of food and afterwards decided to walk to the beach to burn it off. I only had my phone with me which I regretted upon getting to the beach. It was quite an impressive beach, with some very impressive cliffs. Walking on the beach in a t-shirt because I was too warm for a sweatshirt gave me this distinct feeling that it's not actually Winter. What's that about this "polar vortex" now?

Best of Fall 2013

Okay, so I'm a little late. Everybody else did their best of lists a few days ago, but I didn't access to my computer at that point. I briefly skimmed through my photos from this past semester about an hour ago, hastily selected some shots, hastily edited them, and then exported them. To be honest, I was just feeling pretty lazy and I spent a couple hours editing some portraits earlier so I really didn't feel like paying attention to all of the details in these edits. Did I miss some good pictures in creating this list? Absolutely! Can I be bothered to do a second pass to find any good photos I missed? No way. Will I do better in creating my Spring 2014 list? We can only hope.

Dude. It's 2014. Whoa! 

I think I jumped the gun with my last list. I think some of those pictures might have actually belonged on this list, but I can't do anything about that now. I mean, I totally could, but I'm not going to. I should note that some of these might not be the "best" photos, but they are my personal favorites.

Bay Bridge: The Sequel

Fun trivia that I learned from the website for the new Transbay Terminal (I'll attach a video of the architecture at the end because it's gorgeous): back when the Bay Bridge was first build, there were electrified tracks built on the bottom deck for commuter trains, and there was actually also an electrified interurban railroad that stretched all the way from Chico to Oakland. What this means is that you could just hop on an electric commuter train in Sacramento and ride it to San Francisco with a simple transfer in Oakland. There was also apparently another line on that service (the Sacramento Northern Railway) that connected Woodland to Sacramento which means I could have been taking a train to Sac City instead of driving every day. Of course, like all other forms of decent public transportation here, it was killed off in favor of the automobile. I'd much rather sit on a train and read the paper or play Tetris than drive and get in car crashes, but I guess that's just me.

Err... anyway, here's the picture...  

Also, I was at work last night and before showing up, I had no idea what it was. Upon arriving, I learned that HBO was there premiering two episodes of the show and that the star of it would be there doing a Q&A session. I'd never heard of the guy, but apparently he's fairly popular and the audience was madly in love with him. His name is Chris Lilley, if any of you know him. The thing ended up being a nightmare because my boss queued the wrong episode, so I played about three minutes of the episode before getting a call on the radio that it was the wrong episode and that I had to shut off this thing that the 400 person audience had been waiting for and start the other episode. Then, about halfway through the second episode, the file on the computer decided that it was tired of life, so it died which angered the crowd. Thankfully there was a DVD backup, but a big, annoyed crowd is terrifying.  

They also had security there from HBO (they were wearing fancy suits and looked like the kind of guys who could make you disappear) and they hired additional security to make sure nobody was filming or pirating the episodes or anything. So basically, it was kind of high profile and because of that, stressful. I guess they were handing out these Roku streaming boxes to everybody in the audience and I ended up getting two which is pretty cool. I guess they're like $80 each, so it was a pretty good deal for 5 hours of work.

Finally, here's that video I mentioned at the very beginning of the post about the new Transbay Terminal and stuff. It's really, really pretty. 

Variations on a Forest

This is kind of similar to a post from the other night... or maybe it was last week. I don't know. I stopped keeping track of time. Anyway, I figured an artsy title might distract everybody from the fact that it's basically the same picture. 

If you use your imagination, you can see a forest. I know I do.


It's embarrassing that it took me so long to realize that clouds act the same as water during long exposures - that is, the become smooth and formless. Anyhow, that's how I got this. I was testing out my new neutral density filter (the Tiffen 52mm 0.9 Neutral Density filter)  and it was working pretty well. It's not going to really let you do long exposures in broad daylight, but this is a 30 second exposure at f/25 directly facing the sunset, so I'd say it's approximately good enough for that.

Fwoooooosshhhh. That's probably what those clouds sound like.

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