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Petco Park in Red
San Diego, CA

Taylor Swift turned Petco Park red during her "1989 World Tour" performance last night in San Diego. I didn't go to the show, but saw it from a distance.

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Cooool!!!
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Overlooking Seattle at Twilight
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When I got to Kerry Park there were at least 6 other photographers setup with tripods pointed at the city. Needless to say, this is a very popular viewpoint on the city. It was hazy during our whole trip to Seattle so its tough to make out Mt. Rainier on the right, but it is there, which is more than we could say for much of the trip.

Seattle really is a beautiful city, and similar to where I'm from in San Diego, there seems to be construction happening everywhere. This photo shows at least 5 different cranes, and there are probably more that I didn't notice.

This was my first time working with the a7RII and an adapted lens, I had it attached to my Canon 70-200 F4 IS, and overall I was very happy with how well it worked. I was shooting with the camera on a tripod so weight wasn't a big issue, but I do think the addition of the lens adapter combined with the smaller size of the a7RII compared to my Canon would make this an awkward camera/lens combo for handheld shots.

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I saw a special on Netflix about the event. +Darren Neupert 
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Balboa Park Botanical Building
San Diego, CA

It has been awhile since my last trip to Balboa Park, but the new camera has been motivating me to get back to some of San Diego's popular attractions. Balboa Park is currently celebrating its 100 year anniversary, and it seems that leading up to the celebration they have done a lot of work to clean up and restore the park. The lights on the Botanical Building were awesome, and I couldn't pass up taking this this very popular shot.

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Wow, beautiful, both of you and Sam Antonio did great!! almost identical.
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Sunset on the Beach in La Jolla
La Jolla, CA

I got my Sony a7RII this weekend, and have had a couple chances to get out and give it a try. I'm still getting used to the features and settings, but so far the camera is awesome. The dynamic range is incredible and I'm still in awe over the details it picks up. Definitely a lot of fun, and something new to look forward to and get me out shooting.

This is the sunset from last night in La Jolla. 

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Yes got that one +Justin Brown. Been using LR CC, then doing my own adjustments. Also loving Photoshop ACR for HDR. Found a great tutorial by +Colin Smith on this. Link on my page. 
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Once in a Blue...
San Diego, CA

The full moon last night in San Diego. Since it was the second full moon in the month of July, this is a "blue moon." The last one occurred in 2012 and the next one will be in January 2018.

This is a 32-bit HDR. I merged 6 exposures using the HDR soft 32-bit Lightroom plug-in, then exported to photoshop to finish it up.

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Late Night at the Pier Cafe
San Diego, CA

My patience is definitely being tested as I read about countless European photographers receiving their a7Rii. I'm trying to calm my impatience by editing this photo I shot on the a6000. It's truly shocking how much better the dynamic range is on the Sony sensors compared to my Canon 5D3. I realize that right now this is a bit of a stretch, but I do believe that if Canon doesn't start innovating at a faster pace they are going to be the next Kodak. 

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Love it!
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Where the Ocean Flows
La Jolla, CA

As with a lot of the ocean shots I've done I set this one up, then took shot after shot until I got the water to look the way I wanted.

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Back to the Canon - not using the Mrs's A6000 anymore? Think how light that would be on your shoulders +Justin Brown 

Great composition and love the colours.  Just saw the lens detail for your shot - thinking getting a similar lens for my A6000 http://goo.gl/kx3bj8
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Twilight in San Diego

Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to a weekend in San Diego.

Along with the new camera I've been playing around with some new shooting and processing techniques too. This is a photo made of exposures taken over a period of about 30 minutes, then merged together. So it's kind of like an HDR, but the shots aren't bracketed, they're just single exposures over time. Then they get blended together in photoshop, no photomatix merging or anything like that, just photoshop layers.

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I am in DT quite often for dinner, but never walked around with my cam and tripod, cuz I was always with non photographers. Will have to ditch them one night and do some night shots, when there's clouds!!! :-)
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Night Game in Seattle
Seattle, WA

I just got back from a weekend in Seattle, and my first trip with the a7RII. I'm very happy with how easy it was to carry around the city, and the quality of images I was able to take. This is a single image, taken a little while after sunset. The dynamic range in these files is incredible, I think I'll be very happy without HDR (and the hassle that comes with it) in many situations shooting with this camera.

Friday night we went to a Mariners game. Unfortunately the Mariners didn't play too well, although as an Angel fan I have to admit I wasn't too disappointed to see them lose. It was still a fun game and I got to check another stadium off my list.

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Pink Clouds
La Jolla, CA

Last night was one of those days I really felt tired, and despite having my new camera I was questioning whether or not I wanted to go shoot. I didn't see any clouds over the ocean so I questioned if the sunset would be any good. Eventually I took a look at my new camera (Sony a7RII), and the opportunity to try out some more new features got me excited enough to head down to La Jolla. 

Once I got down to the coast I noticed there were still no clouds over the water, but there were a lot of great wispy clouds to the north and the east. As the sun set they continued to get more and more colorful, and eventually I got to enjoy this colorful end to my day.

Photography is one of those things where sometimes I question if I want to put in the effort to go out and shoot. Then once I'm out shooting, I can't thing of a time I've regretted putting in the effort, even if the sunset ends up being a bust. There's something very calming and satisfying about being out shooting.

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Wow! We are going to visit Disney, San Diego, LA, etc for the first time this December (from Texas). Your photos are amazing and add to my excitement! Could you be my family's tour guide? Haha!
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Blue Moon over Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA

Another one of the Blue Moon last Friday rising over Harbor Drive and the pedestrian bridge in downtown San Diego.

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your photos are incredible. Wish I could do that!!!   Luv,  Gma
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Ocean Swirl
La Jolla, CA

I like photos that capture a scene in ways our eyes can't, like the water flowing around this rock.

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We have lived in the Gaslamp for 5 years, and go out to eat downtown 2-3 times a week. We've had high expectations since first hearing about Rustic Root, but unfortunately were very disappointed with our experience. Overall the decor was modern and appealing, but the meal did not live up to the expectations. We started with what turned out to be very disappointing cocktails, and the meal just never got better from there. We ordered 3 drinks, starting with an off-menu Manhattan which was selected after the server informed us the menu Manhattan was pre-mixed, and really designed to be a shot and not a cocktail, and while it was a pretty average Manhattan at best, it was by far the best of the 3 cocktails. We also ordered a 1927, made with bulleit bourbon, sweet vermouth, campari and orange rind. Unfortunately the drink was overpowered by the Campari, even searching for the bourbon or vermouth I had a very difficult time tasting them at all. We also had an 1895, which is made with tin cup whiskey, angostura bitters, ginger beer, lemon juice, simple syrup and a lemon twist. This drink ended up tasting like watery angostura bitters. I'm not sure what proportions they used to achieve this, but it was very surprising how flavorless and bad the drink was. Somehow I wasn't even able to taste ginger beer, not sure if it was a bad ingredient, or a bad mix job, but either way, the drink was not good. The food was also a mixed bag, that left us with more bad than good. Our favorite dish was the carnitast bao bao sliders, and I think it was the only dish none of us had a complaint for. The carnitas was flavorful and the bun paired with it very well, overall a very nice dish. The deviled eggs were also tasty, though the egg itself was a little chewy, and our only real knock against it was that it was so clearly inferior to the phenomenal deviled eggs we had last weekend at Table No 10. After the two dishes above, we also got the Surf & Turf which despite the $18 price tag was a decent amount of food. Unfortunately, both the beef tartar and hamachi sashimi suffered from a distinct lack of flavor, and the sashimi seemed to be of marginal quality compared with similar dishes I have had, it had a slight fishy taste and a more chewy texture than I would have hoped. The final 2 dishes were probably the two worst, and included the Kale Caesar salad and the Lobster Pappardelle. The Kale in the caesar salad was nice, good texture and decent flavor, but the positives end there. The dressing was flavorless and the chicken was overcooked and bland. Finally, the lobster pappardelle was the only dish of the night that was bad enough that it was actually difficult to eat. The pappardelle itself was cooked very well, usually the texture of the pasta is the most difficult element of a dish like this, but in this case something went horribly wrong with the sauce. The sauce was both excessively salty and excessively spicy. When taking a bite, the salt hit first, and once the effect of the salt began wearing off, the excess of red pepper took over and left the mouth burning, with no flavor whatsoever coming from the expected base of sherry cream. This dish was bad enough that it would have been sent back to the kitchen immediately, but unfortunately our server was nowhere to be found, and by the time she finally did return to our table all of the other food was gone, and it would have been a waste of time to ask for any kind of replacement dish, so we just settled with what we had (with the lobster pappardelle 90% uneaten). After our complaints about the dish the server did generously remove it from the bill. It was the right thing to do, but these days it seems its not a particularly common practice, especially since I don't usually feel comfortable with more than a relatively short and passive complaint.
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I haven't tried it all, but I've tried quite a few of the coffee shops in San Diego, and this one is absolutely the best. The staff is quick, courteous and friendly, and more importantly, the coffee is perfect. It's not sour, it's not bitter, and it doesn't taste burnt like so many of the other coffee shops that I'm told will be great. I like to go with a Hummingbird Americano, hot or iced depending on the weather. They sell capped cold brew bottles and beans which is perfect for the times I can't make it in to the coffee shop. Only slightly related, but New English Brewery down the street made a Coffee Stout with Zumbar Coffee and it is without a doubt the best beer they offer, if you like coffee or stouts, I highly recommend you give it a try.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Good food with quick and friendly service, this is my goto breakfast spot for a quick and tasty bite downtown. They serve breakfast until they close at 3:00pm which makes it a great place after sleeping in late.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
They have some of the best thin crust pizza around, the Mashed pizza comes topped with Mozzarella, Mashed Potato and Bacon, it is by far my favorite! The Basic salad is also really good, I'm a huge fan of pears and the dressing is the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. If there were anything I could improve it would be the beer list, for a San Diego bar/restaurant, it leaves a lot to be desired.
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Delicious deep dish pizza. It's not as good as being in Chicago, but living in San Diego, it's the next best thing. The pizza is made from fresh ingredients and the quality comes through in the taste. This place is great for dinner or a late night snack, they also have a very respectable beer list. They offer about 10 beers on tap and many of them are quality beers you won't find at one of the many mainstream bars or clubs nearby.
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reviewed a year ago
The tasting room is well put together and they always seem to have a great selection with many of their best beers on tap. I've also purchased a few rare bottles from Alesmith using their Brownbag ticket program and the process as been extremely smooth.
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