Cardiff by the Sea

Cardiff by the Sea, or more precisely South Cardiff State Beach (or Seaside State Beach, I’m never quite sure about the naming) is my go-to place for taking walks at the beach with Toni. I’ve been there countless times – and photographed there, countless times, of course. It’s nice that dogs are allowed on the leash year-round at all times. At the southern end of the beach are some lovely tide pools by the name of Tabletop Reef – my favorite photography subject.

Surf & Pebbles (Triptych)

Leftovers from a morning visit to Tabletop Reef. The tide was high and waves were pounding the tide pools like I had not seen it before. I couldn’t even get close to where I normally make photos (well, at least not without getting a severe soaking – cameras and salt water don’t mix too well so I didn’t try). Continue reading

Another Sunset at Tabletop Reef (4 photos)

Storms are drenching San Diego County and Southern California with much needed moisture. The first of them has just passed through and the only place to go for a walk is really the beach, because all trails are muddy and slippery, or closed entirely (to prevent further damage when people walk into vegetation to get around large puddles, etc.). Continue reading

Long Exposures at Tabletop Reef (2 photos)

I’m close to finishing the culling/editing and processing of my photos from December (three days with photo activities left). Here are two photos from a morning outing to the familiar tide pools at Tabletop Reef. Continue reading

Tabletop Reef in Infrared (6 photos)

A visit to the tide pools of Tabletop Reef at Seaside State Beach (South Cardiff State Beach) was mandatory of course, when I had Shannon Johnson‘s infrared-converted Sony A7r to play with. :-) If you’re not a regular follower of my blog and photography – this is the coastal area that I photograph most often by far, as I often go there for walks with Toni and bring the camera*. Continue reading

Patterns and Things in Sand (7 photos)

During my morning walk with Toni, I made some detail photos of “patterns and things” in the sand – as I often do. It’s nice when there was a good high tide during the night and very early morning. The beaches will be washed clean, and mostly free of footprints, if you’re out early enough. Continue reading

Janthina janthina

During a morning walk at Cardiff State Beach, I noticed tiny specks of purple-violet-blue in the sand close to the waterline. Upon close inspection, I found they’re actually tiny snail shells – and with this information (“purple tiny snail shell”) it was easy to identify them as Janthina janthina, the Common purple snail, Common violet snail, Violet sea-snail*. Continue reading

Cloudy Cardiff (3 photos)

Three photos from a brief evening visit to South Cardiff State Beach (Seaside State Beach) during a stormy and breezy day earlier in April. I don’t know where the last two weeks went, it feels like I made these photos three days ago, and I’ve built a terrible backlog of images to process and publish by now… (but what else is new?;-) Continue reading

Cardiff State Beach, Early Morning (8 photos)

I woke up at 4am this morning and felt quite awake, for whatever odd reason (I’m really not a morning person). The current unusual heat in San Diego makes getting out of bed and outside easier, so after pondering what I could do, I opted for a very early morning walk with Toni at South Cardiff State Beach. Continue reading

Mixed Greens at the Beach (3 photos)

I guess it’s only normal that as a landscape and nature photographer, I struggle more with obtaining enough depth of field, than having too much of it. :) Using a fast prime lens “wide open” as it is called for a very shallow depth of field has a charm on its own of course – I just don’t do it very often because honestly… getting the focus right is not easy! :-) Continue reading