As I was leaving Boulder Beach at Lake Mead I came up to this nice little rest stop. Nice place to stop for a picnic. Be sure to click on image to see larger photo.
Cool camp tools The stove is Camp Chef and it is really a hell of a stove to cook with. Well built and has plenty of heat. Like most folks we have had good and bad stoves over the years of camping and this has got to be the best that I have found. Lots of heat for this monster and a great size too. Your pans actually have room to cook. Great low heat control which I love. I love slow cooking – eggs for example need low heat to properly cook without burning. If you are in need of a good stove that will last you for years this is it. The shower is something I had to order from England. For some reason I […]
Walking around Balboa Island, CA. After a nasty weekend of rain it was time to get out. So, I went to Balboa, CA yesterday. I wanted to take photos this time using my mini toy effect on my Sony NEX-5n. Here are the photographs. The effect gave me just what I wanted. A soft edge fantasy style of look. It really plays well with the colors and feel of the area. Because a walk around the area really is a fantasy. Stopped in at the Balboa pavilion for a happy hour slider burger and a glass of wine. Click on photograph for a bigger image. All images taken with Sony NEX-5n (new generation here).
A couple of images using the mini toy effect on my Sony NEX-5N. It is such a fun effect to use. I can see this effect very useful in my style of photography. Try and imagine a shot of say Bryce Canyon using that effect. Wow! Only your imagination limits your possibilities.
I found this image while walking around the campground. I have never seen this little theater used. Maybe in the early days when this campground was built they had ranger talks with a fire. That would be fun.
A couple of fellow campers. Don who is 88 years old has been camping here at Oak Grove for over 40 years. Amazing. And at the same campsite. He is now living in Ramona, CA, just down the road a bit. He is a retired Forest Service Firefighter. A very interesting fellow to listen to. He told me how it was to live in the area back in the 20″s and 1930’s. Pretty hard to imagine much out here. Even Temecula was nothing but a very small village. Just farming, and a lot of primitive living. It would have been a long way to anywhere. Whew! Another fellow camping is Jim. A retired carpenter, ex-Bow hunter and still fisherman. A country kind of guy […]
I drove into town today and I stopped at the local Starbucks. These two ladies are two very lively and happy women. Wow! A credit to Starbucks!
I discovered this beauty after doing a google search and the comments were so amazing I had to research further. I watched Youtube videos, blogs, etc. Not one bad thing to be said about the image quality. A solid little camera with a pro sensor unit instead of amateur sensor. Featuring a 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, 25-point contrast-detect autofocus system, 49-segment exposure meter and 3-inch tilting LCD panel with 921,000-dot resolution, the NEX-5N also offers a brand new touch-screen interface, an expanded ISO range of 100-25600 and both a mechanical and electronic shutter. This camera rivals many of the big mother DSLR’s but it is compact. It also shoots panoramas that will blow you away. And 1080 HD video that is outstanding. Also shoots up […]
Today I drove from Oak Grove Campground to Julian in San Diego County, CA. to spend the day taking photographs and eating some local fair as well as taste a few wines and beers. The wonderful drive is about 34 miles or so. I drove Hwy. 79 south for about 27 miles to the intersection of Hwy. 78. Turn left onto Hwy. 78 and go up the mountain about 5 miles and you are there. It was fairly early in the morning. Before the crowds started coming. Julian is a fun place to walk around. I photographed the original Jail as well as taking photographs of the town. There is a little store that I always stop at for jelly, and all sorts of fun […]
I am camping at Oak Grove campground in San Diego County for a couple of weeks. The weather is starting to get very nice. Today should be around 78 degrees. Great for an outdoor shower. When I got to Oak Grove there were only 4 people camped here. Two were two different camp hosts for different campsite loops, a lady that is it seems a permanent fixture and Mike whose photo I show below. As I walked around the campground I stopped and introduced myself to Mike. He is a long time camper with a wealth of knowledge about the area and then some. We seem to have camped in the same places for the past 30 years. For example he knew of Saline Valley […]