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Ruins of the Sutro Baths

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Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO500 1/60 Second, Handheld

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200 1/80 Second

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/11, ISO200 1/80 Second

My Dad used to tell me about how great the Sutro Baths were at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Built in the late 1800’s, the Sutro Baths were a huge complex of pools, situated right on the waters of the Pacific Ocean underneath the famous Cliffhouse in San Francisco.  The Baths were closed in the 1960’s, and all that are left are these ruins.

Just a little more about the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Before I bought it I debated back and forth as to whether I should instead buy the Tokina 12-24 f/4, thinking I might miss the 16-24mm range. I think it’s safe to say now that I don’t miss that range one bit in a ultra wide, and will happily make the extra lens changes.

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August 14, 2009 at 1:55 am

A Sunset in San Francisco (more shooting with Tokina 11-16)

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Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 16mm f/11, ISO200 1/250 Second

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 16mm f/11, ISO200 1/250 Second

The sky was looking promising last night after work, so my wife and I headed out to Ocean Beach in San Francisco before the sun went down, spending most of our time on the beach in an area of ruins; the remains of the once glorious Sutro Baths.  It was also interesting to sit and people-watch, as couples snuggled together for the sunset, and others ran around on the beach, enjoying the the warm temperature.

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 11mm f/4.5, ISO320 1/60 Second, Handheld

The sky was so beautiful, and the weather was perfect. We stayed and hiked around till past dusk, snapping off shots and just relaxing and taking in the beauty of light, held and radiated by sweeping clouds.  This area was truly a photographers playground, with so many angles and composition possibilities. We’ll have to return again and again!

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 13mm f/16, ISO 200, 30.0 Seconds

My wife and I have been having a blast going on photo outings.  Often times she’ll make the suggestion “hey, let’s go shooting!” Which for me, is always beautiful thing to hear.  In fact, having her with me makes things a whole lot easier when I’m trying to get shots. She’s become very familiar with all of my gear (probably because before I bought the gear I talked about how much I wanted to buy said gear), and therefore I can, for example, execute lens changes quite fast with her assistance.

Last night was a perfect example. “Honey, I need the 70-300!” She quickly pulls out the long zoom, and at the same exact time as I rotate my lens off my camera mount she removes the cap off the mount of the long zoom lens and sticks it onto the back of the lens I’m holding. She then takes my lens while handing me hers, and I quickly mount the new one. We can usually do this in a pretty fluid motion.

Most importantly though, it’s the time we spend together as a couple that I cherish even more than the photography.