We are in California for a family wedding and the sun is setting on a totally different part of the horizon than what we see in the winter. Grabbed this snap a couple hours ago at the usual hangout for sunset photos – Hueneme Pier.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2 with Fuji XF55-200mm @200mm. 1/420th @ f6.4, ISO 200
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As the sun sets on 2015, we find our itinerant photographer opening a fresh can of cliché… This photo is literally the sunset on December 31, so while clichéd, it is fitting and accurate.
I’ve shot this scene before, but it’s one I really like and I enjoyed the moment of being there on the beach watching the sun sink into the ocean for the last time in 2015. The sun, beach and ocean don’t care – it’s just us people who place a greater significance on this event at this time – the last sunset of the year.
I look forward to the coming year and hope that it finds you well.
The details: Fujifilm X-E2, XF18-55mm @28mm, ISO 800, 1/80th @ f/22.
November was quite the change of pace for us. We traveled to southern California for a birthday party, then out to the Phoenix, Arizona (nearer Surprise, actually) to visit a couple friends. Then back to Ventura County for Thanksgiving, then back home.
I have always had a deep affection for the American Southwest. Wide open spaces, cactus and sagebrush make me a happy man. The saguaro cactus in particular reminds me of Sergio Leone movies (even though there aren’t any saguaro cactus in Italy), and in my imagination I can totally see a lone gunslinger on horseback, making his way to the next trading post. I guess that’s one of the reasons I really like this region – it is easy to imagine what it was like 150 years ago.
Nikon D90, Nikon Micro-NIKKOR 55mm 1/4000th @f22, ISO 200
On the drive back home, we ran into an unexpected snow storm just before we got home. After three weeks of comparatively warm weather, surprise, indeed.