Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One last little batch o' photos from the vacation

Hurrah, the film shots finally came in. It seems nobody has much commentary on my photo montages. I can only assume that it's because you're all dumbstruck by my technical prowess and sharp eye.

The last little batch was from the day that the top came down on the convertible and Monique and I cruised along the coast. Here's a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge from China Beach:

And, looking West instead of East, we see Monique standing on the beach in front of the Golden Gate itself:

Moving South along the coast a bit, here we're looking North from Moss Beach:

And here's a little iceplant flower on the same bluff:

Farther South along the coast, this is a view standing next to Route One and looking East up the Pescadero Valley. On a sunny day, this valley and the La Honda Valley just to the North are two of the most serene-looking places on Earth:

Just on the other side of Route One, the Pacific Ocean strikes the rocks of Pescadero Beach:

Monique on the rocks at Pescadero:

And we wrap up with a view of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse as the Sun begins to sink slowly into the Pacific:

Good stuff.


  1. It's interesting. The digitized film pictures aren't as sharp and clear as the digital pictures, but they have a warmth and an artistic quality that the digital pictures don't have.

    It sort of reminds me of the difference between listening to music on a vinyl album and a CD or MP3. The vinyl sounds warmer, but the digital is crisper and clearer, even before you get to the question of scratches and pops on the vinyl.

  2. It all comes back to music with Michael, doesn't it?

    I've enjoyed the entire series. It reminds me of all sorts of good memories over the years. The only thing that might've been better is if you had included a few shots of Emeryville for me.

  3. Emeryville is completely built up now. That summer you were out there, there wasn't a whole lot more than Grandma's condo and a few stores. Now there are all sorts of condos, theaters, stores, etc. And Pixar, the big animation studio, is also based there with a big campus.

    The real advantage of the film camera to me is that I have better lenses and the shutter trips instantly, instead of the delayed shutter we get with the digital camera. I also think the film quality isn't as good as it used to be. (Kodak got out of the film manufacturing business a few years ago, so pretty much all film is made by Fuji these days, even the stuff sold under the Kodak brand.)

    Here's an assignment for anybody who wants to investigate the film/digital divide, though. The San Diego and Route One photos included both film and digital shots, which I interspersed. Can you tell which is which? (Without looking at the filenames, which would be cheating.)