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San Diego 1/28/12

I have not been to Balboa park since I got into photography. The weather was great so i dropped the top and headed to San Diego, CA. I had my Canon 40d with Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS slung over my shoulder. I can't believe I waited so long to get a RS-4 camera strap it is way more comfortable than the standard camera strap. The RS-4 allows you to draw your camera up to your eye much faster and without the strap tugging at your shirt. If you are like me and walk around with your camera around your neck you need to get this strap.
  
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There are many different photographic opportunists in Balboa park. There are gardens, architecture, fountains and museums. Check out their website to help plan your trip, you could spend the day here.

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This is a active theater, here is their event calendar.

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The botanical building was closing when I arrived, I was not able to get inside and take pictures of the flowers. I was not too bummed, I sold my 60mm macro lens for a nice profit a while ago.

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Reflections in the lily pond.

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I was planing on staying at Balboa park for sunset but I did not like the pictures I was getting. I quickly headed over to Coronado island. I went to the supposedly haunted Hotel Del Coronado. I did not get any pictures of ghost but I did get some of a nice sunset.

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I wanted to capture a sun flare shooting thru these willows so I removed my lens hood. Then I played around with the angle of the camera until I had a flare shooting across the front element.

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The sun was below the horizon but still providing some color. You can purchase this print here.

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One last one from Hotel Del Coronado. I packed up and went back to my car to drive to the other side of the island.

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This is the downtown San Diego skyline as seen from the Coronado ferry landing. I placed my camera on a Manfrotto tripod. I like this tripod because it is sturdy but lightweight and not too large, I always have my tripod strapped to the back of my camera bag. For the cleanest possible image I shoot at iso100. I wanted a 30 second exposure which resulted in a aperture of f8. These are my usual starting point for settings for night photos. I like the effect a really long exposure gives you. This print is available for purchase here.

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I used the same settings as the above photo except i zoomed in a little. I used Photoshop to stitch together all of the images of this panorama. To stitch together the photos navigate to File > Automate > Photomerge.

Photobucket An airplane flew across the skyline while I was shooting this one. It showed up as a white streak in the sky. A quick application of the clone brush and it was all gone.

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