Sunday, January 23, 2011

SoCal Sojourn

When I took this panorama, Minnesota was recieving it's first major snowfall. Did I feel bad for friends and family back home? Heck no. This was at Torrey Pines State Beach, between San Diego and Los Angeles.

In November I traveled to Los Angeles for business, and once again added a couple days to my trip for a little travel and photography at the seaside. There's really nothing like a sunset over the Pacific as seen from San Clemente Pier!

While in San Diego, I made the short trip to La Jolla, to visit the La Jolla Children's Pool, a man-made lagoon that was once intended for kids, but quickly became a favorite haunt for the local seal population. I was hoping to get some nice shots of some of the seals on the sandy beaches there, but they seemed content to lounge on hard rocks, so I had to make do with what I could get.

Next time I'd love to do some snorkeling or diving here. I saw dozens of divers and swimmers around, and I'm sure I could get some amazing shots. I'll need to put that on the to-do list...

Another California sunset, this time at LAX. The perfect spot to get this shot is also the perfect spot to grab dinner, at the In-N-Out right across the street from the airport. Can't beat that convenience!

If you're in LA, make sure to take some time to check out the Getty Center. The combination of amazing architecture, the hilltop location, and great art, photography, and sculpture make for an excellent afternoon. Plus, you can see the thick layer of smog lying over downtown on a calm day! Gotta love Los Angeles.

The high vantage point offered by the Getty Center made this shot of the sun setting over Santa Monica a joy to capture. I also shot this on my roll of Kodachrome slide film, which we're still waiting to get back from the lab, since it arrived the day before they stopped accepting Kodachrome forever!

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