Day 3 – Santa Monica Pier

I love the rain, and the anticipation of a week’s long storm is exciting to me.  So I thought I’d down to the pier to see the clouds come in.  The beach was packed with tourists and locals.  I particularly enjoyed the old Muscle Beach area where several slack lines were set up.  The balance line extended for quite some distance.  Some of these acrobats were quite impressive, bouncing the line as the walked, some jumping incredible heights and landing on the line, almost like a trampoline.

After watching the incredible feats of strength and balance, I headed down to the pier.  Another acrobatic duo was down there getting their picture taken.  The gentlemen was suspending his female partner overhead with one arm.  There were also several photographers shooting the pier, and what appeared to be a few engagement photos occurring at the beach’s edge.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time since I had to take the kids to Bible study and I got there just after sunset.  I stuck with my trusty Canon 50mm f/1.2.  I took a series of bracketed photos to create an HDR, but the dynamic range was fairly decent since the sun had already set.  Therefore, I edited the middle (correctly exposed) exposure.  Unfortunately in my haste, I neglected to change my ISO back down, so this is shot at 6400 ISO which created a lot of noise.  The noise was really evident when pushing through Photomatix for HDR, another reason I stuck with just the image, even though it is slightly noisy.  This is an example of what I’d like to improve upon as the year progresses – running through the ‘checklist’ quickly prior to each shot to ensure that all settings are appropriate for what I’m trying to achieve.  Anyway, shot F/9.0, 1/15, 6400 ISO at 50mm on Canon 5DmkIII.

Today was a good day.  I’m very grateful for my life!

“God, I offer myself to Thee — to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.  May I do thy will always!”

I’m looking forward to how this year progresses…

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