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Little Corona Beach

After a lovely lunch, I walked among the rocks at Little Corona Beach. I was surprised how few birds were there in comparison to what I saw on my last visit to this beach a couple of years ago. At that time, birds covered the rocks.

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Walking on the beach and climbing on the rocks provided a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with my camera. In aperture priority, I set my aperture to f/22 in order to capture as much of the landscape in focus as possible. I let the shutter speed adjust to the light at 4:30pm. In these photos, I focused on the arching rock in the distance. Yet the foreground is also sharp.

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I have a lens that zooms from 18 to 135. This was my first time playing with it at a beach. The wind and surf were fairly strong. At f/22, the spray is clearly visible.

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I think I prefer the shots with my horizon in the top third of the view finder frame. The waves rolling over the rocks seem more interesting than the blue sky, although the water spray was impressive. Had there been interesting clouds, I would have been more inclined to place my horizon line on the top or lower third of my view finder.

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While the mossy areas of the rocks are slippery for walking, they are supposedly a home for sea life. However, I haven’t generally found much to photograph besides rocks.

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On this visit, I found hermit crabs. Posted signs warn visitors not to take rocks or wild life from the pools among the rocks. I wonder if people generally respect those warnings since there have been so few specimens for me to photograph on my visits.

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While movement is not visible in this photograph, I watched these hermit crabs crawl over the rocks.

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I enjoyed playing with my camera, remembering tips from lessons and experimenting with different settings. The only thing I don’t like about the beach is that the air makes my hair curl. That’s one reason why I didn’t take a selfie.

Balboa Island

Southern California winter mornings are so very different from my norm in Nebraska at this time of year. For example, there were no snowflakes in sight today. The beach along the pier on Balboa Island was almost deserted, only a handful of people fished from the pier, and most of the boats were moored. While we sat at a table at Ruby’s, a pinniped played in the water. I don’t think it could have been a more perfect day for a walk on the beach.

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