Reflections in San Diego

My job allows me to travel quite a bit. One of the things I really appreciate about traveling, in addition to meeting new people and seeing new places, is the ability to spend time in my own head. Every time I travel I try to look for places to photograph in my down time. I don’t always find good views, but I always find time to be in my own head while photographing.

This time in my own head is essential to my sanity. If I don’t create time to process life’s ups and downs, I quickly find myself overwhelmed.  I’ve noticed that the more time I spend in my own head, the clearer my thoughts become.

In photography, a longer exposure time can produce better reflections. In this image below, my settings were ISO 800, f/2.8, for one second. This resulted in nice reflections, but I didn’t like how the ripples and waves were visible. So I made a few adjustments.

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In the next image, I dropped the ISO to 50, closed the aperture down to f/8, and exposed for just over three minutes. This resulted in some very nice reflections for the fixed light points. The waves disappeared.
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Sometimes all that’s needed in life is to slow down. Spending time in my own head helps the waves of life to disappear, and helps me to focus on the fixed points that are really important in my life.  Here’s to wishing you good reflections!

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