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I went hiking yesterday at Cowles Mountain, the highest point in the city of San Diego, to train for my backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon next month.

At the summit I met these two women and they asked me to take a photo of them. Being the photographer I am it ended up being a mini photo session as I asked them to do various poses. After I handed back their iPhone, I said I needed one for my portfolio and I snapped a photo with my iPhone. So here’s the end result!

Check back for more of my photographs around my hometown of San Diego! One more photo in the comment section.

Happy Travels!

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Every now and then I still photograph around my lovely hometown of San Diego, California. It is heating up here in San Diego with temperatures hovering around 80 degrees during the day. Long gone are the dramatic clouds and colorful sunsets that characterize the San Diego landscape during the winter months.

Now we just have bland, blue skies. Oh, how we suffer weather wise here in Southern California!

I took this last week at Embarcadero Marina Park, which has grand views of the Manchester Grand Hyatt (the tallest waterfront hotel on the West Coast) and the twin curving glass towers of the Marriott Hotel.

The light trail was from a boat maneuvering into their slip. All smooth sailing here in San Diego!

Happy Travels!

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Has Comic-Con come to town already?! No, it is just a passing red trolley getting in the way of my shot of San Diego’s Downtown Historic Gaslamp Quarter.

I have been trying to get a decent shot of San Diego’s Downtown Gaslamp District for years. So last week I headed to downtown hoping to resolve that.

My initial exposures were just of the Gaslamp neon sign and car light trails in the foreground. Nothing too exciting and after looking at the scene I said to myself that I needed something bold to contrast against the blue evening sky. Suddenly, the warning horn went off of a passing red trolley (San Diego’s light rail system) crossing an intersection behind me.

Bingo!

I crossed over the rail tracks and waited for the next red trolley to pass. Knowing that the cars have big, wide windows, I took a couple of exposure from 4-8 seconds, which allowed this unique framing.

Beam me up, San Diego!

Notes: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens, Tripod Mounted

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“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” ― Richard Paul Evans, ‘The Gift’

I love photographing at Chula Vista Bayfront Park. It is one of my “secret” places to photograph in San Diego and great place to watch a sunset.

Because it is not as well known as other city parks, there are very few crowds. Most of the time I am the only photographer walking around with a DSLR camera and tripod. That suits me just fine so nobody gets in the way of shots like this one.

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I am not happy with the new Flickr layout and the fact that you can’t opt out anymore. It is not so much the visual format, but more of the functionality (i.e. tags, notes, commenting).

I guess Getty saw the “signs” of decline since they ceased their partnership with Flickr last month. I am giving serious thoughts of leaving Flickr entirely and starting brand new with 500px or spending more time building my presence over at Google+ (Facebook is pissing me off too these days).

The only thing keeping me here are you guys. I have made many Flickr friendships over the years and it would be hard to break that bond. The other day I was viewing some of my older Flickr images and I noticed the contacts leaving their comments from four years ago are still following my photostream and still faithfully leaving comments. Thanks guys!

Hey Flickr do like the NSA and listen to us! Go back to the old format!

Off the soap box now…

In 2012 Forbes Magazine named North Park one of America’s Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods. I didn’t need Forbes Magazine to tell me that since I have been going to this San Diego neighborhood for years. My favorite Christian bookstore, camera shop and coffee lounge are located there or were. I have been patronizing those businesses for years, but now the Christian bookstore has closed down and I do all my camera shopping online. Fortunately the coffee lounge, Claire de Lune, is still in business.

I started a mini-project of photographing these historic neon signs around various neighborhoods in San Diego. Photographing North Park’s neon sign was a bit dangerous since I was standing in the middle of traffic in the narrow part of the island to capture this long exposure shot. Afterwards, I rewarded my bravery by heading down the street corner on the right for a nice cup of coffee at Claire de Lune.

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