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03.20.2012

A child climbs onto a statue of Tim Kelly who was a notable surfer and lifeguard. The voices of people playing beach volleyball resonate throughout the winter season in Hermosa Beach California. On this warm sunny day, I walked along the beach using my compact high-magnification zoom lens. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/500 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 164 mm

It was early morning after Christmas and there were only a few days left of 2011. I headed west on Manhattan Beach Blvd that lead straight to the ocean. The eastern sky was slowly brightening, but the western sky was still dark. The road continued uphill until the intersection and went downhill to the beach. I saw Manhattan Beach Pier from there. I drove to a parking lot where several surfers had already parked and I walked on the pier, still decorated with Christmas lights. I got to the café and aquarium at the end of the pier and waited for the sunrise. The sunrise was dragging, just like this morning and the sunlight took its time reaching the pier. When the sun finally showed its face, the pigeons flew all at once and it felt like the sounds of the waves intensified.

Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Manhattan Beach pier extends from the end of Manhattan Beach Blvd. The sun rose from the residential area by the shore onto the 928 ft pier. The super wide-angle zoom lens captured the moment the pigeons flew. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/320 sec | Aperture: F9.0 | Focal Length: 8 mm

I went back to Manhattan Beach on the following afternoon. The day had been warm and calm and as usual surfers rode the waves in the afternoon ocean and many came to see the sun soaked horizon.

From the pier I can see surfers riding the waves. Holding the large aperture telephoto zoom lens firmly, I followed the swift surfers and pressed the shutter. The waves were tinted red from the sunset and a reflection of the residential area can be seen in the wave. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/160 sec | Aperture: F3.2| Focal Length: 139 mm

The Christmas lights are beautifully illuminated every year. The large aperture macro lens captured the sunset pier. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/200 sec | Aperture:F4.0 | Focal Length: 105 mm

The next morning before the sun rose, I headed to Hermosa Beach. The concrete pier stretches out to the Pacific Ocean. It felt like I was walking on a long bridge toward the other side of the bay. It finally felt like a pier when I walked half way and saw some people fishing at the end of the pier. The anglers wore assorted hats and gloves and stared at the ocean in silence. When I spoke to one of them, he said, “I used to go to Redondo Beach down south, but there’s too many people fishing there these days, so I come here often.”

Sunrise at the end of the 1000ft long pier. The wooden pier built in 1904 was only half the size back then. The fisherman was catching mackerel. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/200 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 8 mm

The Christmas decoration had been left on the bench. The compact digital camera realistically captured the sunlight hitting the decoration. Camera: SIGMA DP2x | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/160 sec | Aperture: F5.6 | Focal Length: 24.2 mm

The paint peeling off the telescope shines beautifully in the morning light. Focusing on the telescope, the high-magnification compact lens blurred the ocean and pier in the background beautifully. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/160 sec | Aperture: F8.0 | Focal Length: 29 mm

The lively Hermosa Beach was quiet in the morning. Seagulls sitting on the two lights at the entrance seemed to welcome visitors. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/200 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 25 mm

The mornings and evenings were chilly, but it was warm enough to be in a t-shirt during the winter and every winter, I feel grateful to live in southern California by the shore. On this day, I decided to use the day to walk through Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach, a.k.a. Beach City, along the Santa Monica shore.

I headed north from Hermosa Beach to the north of Manhattan Beach and parked the car in the parking lot between 26th and 27th Street. Walking away from the beach, I walked up 300 feet uphill into a beautiful lush park, Bruce’s Beach and looked down at the beach and the Pacific Ocean.

In the beginning of the 1900’s, Bruce’s Beach was one of few accessible beaches to African Americans at the time. A beach resort was built there. However during the 1920’s to 30’s, the property shut down due to racial friction. Part of the property was turned into a city park and after many name changes, it was finally named Bruce’s Beach in June of 2006. The park was named in honor of Charles and Willa Bruce, who created the beach resort for African Americans.

Basketball hoops were constructed in the middle of the park and kids were skateboarding. Standing under the hoop to avoid direct sunlight, I used the built-in flash and fisheye lens to capture the scene. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Monochrome | Shutter Speed:1/200 sec | Aperture:F11.0 | Focal Length: 10 mm

Walking down from the park to the beach, there were many people working out.

The man worked out while gazing at the ocean. Quickly zoomed in and photographed the scene. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/250 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 86 mm

The people working out were lightly dressed. The large aperture macro lens captured the sports drink realistically. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/500 sec | Aperture: F5.6 | Focal Length: 105 mm

On this fine sunny day, children as well as adults enjoyed playing on the beach. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/2000 sec | Aperture: F10.0 | Focal Length: 214 mm

Pillars supporting the volleyball nets were colorful in Manhattan Beach. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec | Aperture: F8.0 | Focal Length: 400 mm

Professional tournaments are held at Manhattan Beach and there was a couple in full-fledged practice. The sound of the ball being hit and their voices resonates throughout the beach. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/500 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 22 mm

By the time I walked from Hermosa Beach to Bruce’s Beach for a total of 2.5 miles, it had already been lunchtime. There were paved roads by the shore, but I walked most of the way barefoot in the sand. Sweat trickled down my face and as soon as I entered the restaurant, I washed my face and drank a few glasses of iced tea.

Christmas ended, but the tree stood in front of the pier at Hermosa Beach. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/250 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 12 mm

While watching people walk past on the boardwalk through the window, I took a lunch break at a restaurant in Hermosa Beach. Camera: DP1x | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec | Aperture: F5.6 | Focal Length: 16.6 mm

A motel next to the restaurant. The blue wall left an impression on me. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed: 1/250 sec | Aperture: F10.0 | Focal Length: 13 mm

The bicycle behind the couple looked like the rental bike I saw frequently today. On this day, the temperature rose high during lunchtime. Camera: DP1x | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 100 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec | Aperture: F9.0 | Focal Length: 16.6mm

Pier Avenue at Hermosa Beach

Pier Avenue at Hermosa Beach, lined with trendy restaurants and shops, run perpendicular to Hermosa Avenue and run through pier. I headed south from Hermosa Beach to Kings Harbor at Redondo Beach and suddenly fog appeared. It was sunny up until that point and as I walk further, the temperature dropped.  The unattractive power plants in the coastline landscape disappeared in the thick fog.

The landmark mural at the power plant in Kings Harbor is surrounded by fog. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/500 sec | Aperture:F5.6 | Focal Length: 101 mm

The entryway of the marina is protected by an embankment and there are no waves. There was a couple standing quietly on their boards. The sun was hazy from the fog and it was a mystical sight. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed:1/640 sec | Aperture:F8.0 | Focal Length: 53 mm

Many pelicans rested on top of the embankment. The yellow boat is a tour boat. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec | Aperture: F8.0 | Focal Length: 120 mm

Surrounded by fog, it was chilly at the fisherman’s wharf in Redondo Beach. I saw many fishermen and brown pelicans. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed: 1/80 sec | Aperture: F6.3 | Focal Length: 45 mm

Five in the afternoon. The foggy beach became quite dark. Camera: SIGMA SD1 | Lens: 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM | Exposure Mode: Manual | ISO: 200 | White Balance: Daylight | Shutter Speed: 1/30 sec | Aperture: F6.3 | Focal Length: 200 mm

Although I live ten minutes from the beach, I have never spent much time there, but on this day, I spent the day from sunrise to sunset. Since I didn’t have enough energy to walk back from Redondo Beach to Manhattan Beach where I parked my car, I took a cab. It was winter, but I was sweating during the day, but the fog created a drop in temperature and it was chilly in the afternoon. People enjoying the warm sun and sun soaked pier seemed like it happened ages ago. It was a short lived winter day, but the fog made it seemed like a long day.

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