March 24, 2018

Mind Your Head

While driving home from Old Town, San Diego, I decided to do some ‘plane spotting'. I went to this point near the San Diego airport where, as from what I have heard, the airplanes reach the lowest point over a building before landing. While the sun was setting I got this perfectly lit photo of a plane flying over a parking garage.

I used a tripod and the following camera settings: Aperture f6, Shutter Speed 1/500s, Manual Focus – because you only have a split of a second to focus and auto focus will be too slow, Matrix Metering, Exposure -1/3 (to compensate for the bright sky). Focal length for the lens: 28 mm.

To get the right composition was more tricky as I had to capture the photo with the airplane wing intersecting with the corners of the building! Had to do a couple of trial shots to get that right.

Mist, Skyline and a Sailboat …

The preparations for capturing this scene started early morning with a pancake breakfast at Point Loma Café  (the psychological preparation).

From there I had to take the ferry from the San Diego Harbour to Coronado Island.  The trip on the ferry was a cheerful experience.  With the passengers, accompanied by their bicycles, we arrived at Coronado Island.

What impressed me was the ability of the famous San Diego “June Gloom” to be able to interpret the calendar.  This was basically the end of June (3rd July) and the fog was draped densely across the city skyline.

While walking on the shoreline, along came this sailboat, composing itself right in front of my camera lens begging to be included in my photo.  I willingly abided, because the buildings in the background was so elegantly covered by the mist and the sailboat was the ideal focus point to round it off.

I hope to be able to share many more of my precious San Diego moments in this blog!