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Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach
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Copyright: Gilbert Isaacs (gcifromsocal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 361 W: 0 N: 661] (2406)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-16
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), Canon EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-12-17 5:13
Viewed: 1374
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One thing I like about posting photos on Treklens is that I give myself little photo assignments. I guess it's the teacher in me - in this case trying to teach myself (and not always succeeding...) Before, when I shot film, I would just amass stacks of photos with no seeming purpose. Now, I can post them to this site to see how I am doing.

We are going through final exams for work, and I had no class for a couple of hours and had to vacate my classroom for another teacher's class. I took one of the class cameras to the closest beach for some shots. Imperial Beach is the last California beach community going south. After that, it's Mexico. It has a rather seedy past that it is trying to overcome by reconstruction of some of the decayed areas. This structure (sculpture?) marks the entrance to the pier. These multi-colored acrylic shapes are designed to represent surf boards. There were a couple of surfers in the cold water yesterday (even though Imperial Beach has some of the poorest water quality thanks to its proximity to Mexico.)

I shot this with our much-abused class camera. Students generally do not take good care of equipment, and this Rebel was no exception. I used to disparage film Rebels (hate the name...) until I saw one of my photo students put her thumb right through the shutter curtains on hers. I told her that that was it - dead camera. But, then I worked with it and gently fiddled with the curtains, and 'ZIP!" it sprung back into place and functioned perfectly. So, even though they have a silly name (even sillier in Japan - "Kiss"!), I have gained much respect for them. The students broke the autofocus motor on this one's lens, so I was using my own 18-55 IS lens on it.

I tried altering this shot with Gimp, Picasa, etc. and didn't like any of the results better than the original. So, in the end, all I did was increase sharpness and saturation, and crop and resize on iPhoto.

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Well, my friend, I hope you never stop posting photos. I just can't tell you how much I look forward to reading your notes and seeing your photos.

I would have never guessed that these represented surf boards, because I never know what part of the world it was captured in, but I see it now. When I first saw it, I figured it was some European art form. :) It's amazing how thoughts start to flood through my mind when I first see a photo. I like this.

The photo is excellent as always, and very interesting. I keep thinking that I need a better this or that, and then I see your photos, and realize that I just need to be better!

You remind me of a fella I use to play golf with. Of course, I bought the best clubs that I could afford, and wanted the newest fad. This guy used old dirty golf clubs that he bought from a flea market, and could smack the ball out of sight. ...I hated that guy! :)) Just kidding. He was a great guy.

Thanks for sharing Gilbert!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2009-12-17 11:39]

Wonderful colored capture!
First time thought I flew to McDonald!

Hello Gilbert, good composition and very nice idea the light plays very well with that sculpture. Good color intensity and a fine result. Too bad about the cropped top of the yellow one. I made a quick workshop trying to fix that issue if you don't mind. Well done!


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-12-18 3:53]


génaile image colorée, superbe effet, quelel coueur, quelle doucuer,f antastique compo.

bravo et amitié


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-12-18 4:03]

Hi Gilbert

Striking color & good sharpness. My first thought was the MacDonalds arches! Have a great weekend!

Ciao Gilbert

Interesting visual color on this beach!
I like the details of acrylic color
decorating the area and also, the repetition of
beautiful posts that follow up to the dock.
Greetings my friend ...


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-12-18 18:06]

dear Gilbert,
these colorful objects look overhauled rainbow,
cheerful and artistic scene beside the sea,
your unique POV is very nice,
thank you for your joyful shot,

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