Sea Swings

Sea Swings
Sea Swings, by Suprada on Flickr.

Sea Swings, Ride at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

This evening I went on a shoot with the Bay Area Night Photography meetup group. A nice bunch of people to hangout with. The location was the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA. We met up in front of the boardwalk arcade around 5.15PM, in the group picnic area and headed into the boardwalk. Sunset was supposed to be around 6.30PM and the rides close for the night at 7.00PM. So we had a little bit of time wandering around – and it was not quite dark yet. I went and shot the carousel, then the Fireball and then to the Sea-Swings – this shot. By this time it was around sunset. Since it was bright, I was using my 10 stop ND filter for the long exposures – which, in this shot very nicely brought out the sunset colors. It was a very nice sunset and a part of me was wishing I were on a different becah shting teh sunset – but it totally made this shot – my first ever of a amusement park ride.

After I shot this, I wanted to move on and shoot the Ferris wheel. I actually setup there – that when the security guards, very politely told me that I was welcome to take photos – but without teh tripod. Alas! At that point I decided to head out to the next venue – the Surfer\’s Museum near the lighthouse to photograph some fire dancers.

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera
Exposure: 30s at at f/4.0
Focal Length: 17mm
Lens:Canon 10-22mm EF-S f3.5-4.5
Filter: B+W #110 3.0 (1000x) Neutral Density Glass Filter
ISO: 1000
WB: Daylight
Date: October 23, 2011

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