This week the challenge takes me into my abstract/design library of images. Leya asks us to, “recognize and enjoy the different interpretations, meanings and importance of these two little words. Spots and Dots. Because even if they are small…they can make a big difference.”
As a photographer I am always looking for repetition. Here are some dots I spotted.
This is a swingin’ Hot spot, maybe?
Now spots can be thought of as a favorite spot. This coming week I am going on my first trip since CoVid. It is our 50 + 1 anniversary. Last year, well you know, there was not much of a celebration, and it was supposed to be our BIG one. Pacific Grove has been our “spot” for over twenty years. This year will be a bit different. It is also our first vacation with a dog. Charlie is in for an adventure.
In preparation, I have been taking him out with me to stores, and parks. Yesterday, my grandson Lucas played tee ball. I brought Charlie to the game. He was a bit overstimulated at first. I remained, and after a while he started to relax. I gave out treats to those watching the game to give to Charlie. And he took advantage. The day before in Lowe’s he wouldn’t take a treat. Slow progress.
These are some of the images I grabbed during our last time in Pacific Grove in 2019.
Seafood is on the menu! But we will see how well Charlie deals with all the excitement.
These are natural occuring spots.
Sometimes, as a photographer you are just in the right spot at the right time!
That is all for this photo challenge. Need to get ready to go on a short vacation. Do I even remember how to pack?
It’s been a while since my husband and I got away. So when my grandson was off on a Tuesday we headed out. First we voted. David got to the voting place and was first on line. All seemed in order, except there were no ballots. Straightened out quickly, and off we went.
Heading west, we made our usual stop at the Vallejo Rest Stop.
Then the GPS guided us to the Lands End Lookout. This is the site of the Sutro Baths. The Visitor Center is worth seeing. As a photographer, the old images were amazing. The building is designed for good viewing. I found out that the climate is usually very different from other parts of the city. It is windy, cloudy and misty. Sacramento hit the 100 degree mark a couple of times this past week. What a change, and to think we just traveled two hours.
Next time I will follow the path down to the Baths and explore the caves.
This image was taken with my new Panasonic LUMIX zs50
This trip I used some lighter gear. I brought my 4/3 mirrorless Olympus OMD-E5. I mainly used my 12-50mm lens, and my 75mm 1.8 lens. I also brought along my newest toy, the Panasonic Lumix ZS50. I purchased this super zoom point & shoot from Costco. Light and easy to use, and I wanted to see what kind of images I could get on mainly auto/ aperture and program modes.
The box says it is a compact travel camera. I want to be able to hand the camera to someone so that I can get in the picture, sometimes. Also, this was a getaway, and not a photoshoot with my photo buddies.
Parking was super easy, and free. Much to my surprise. We headed to the Cliff House for a different view of the Sutro Baths. There are a couple of eateries that take advantage of the great views, but we didn’t partake.
Just a lonely fisherman.
We were getting hungry so we headed to our next destination, Pier 23 Cafe off the Embarcadero. Diners, Drive Ins and Dives visited this place and David wanted to try it, though he could not remember what Guy ate. The clam chowder was tasty. We ordered the SF Crab and Shrimp sandwich to share. Did I say we were hungry? Sandwich was good, but the crab and shrimp could have been more flavorful.
This place is Dog Friendly.
Rested, we walked up to Pier 39 to hang out at Fisherman’s Wharf. Lots to see. Lots to photograph.
I found a shop called Bow Wow and had to check it out. LOoked hard, and even found Schnoodle Wear!
I’m impressed with this new camera.
Walking along the Embarcadero we were entertained.
Walked a lot. Now tired, our day away was over. Unfortunately, we should have paid more attention to the time, and avoid getting stuck in traffic. CAught some images while stuck in rush hour traffic.
David came prepared with 3 discs full of surf music. So we surfed on home to Sacramento. Fun day!