Pirate Tower at Laguna Beach

My brother and I went down to Laguna Beach last weekend, more specifically Victoria Beach where the “Pirate Tower” is located. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it turned out to be a pretty nice looking location. My brother had tried to go down there before, but high tides made the area unreachable. This time we checked the schedule and headed down during low tide.

It was a good opportunity to take sunset pictures as well as trying out long exposure shots. My brother had bought an ND filter, and we both got to play with it to see the effect it would have on the waves and the sunlight.

I got some a few good shots, although I’d completely forgotten to turn on the long exposure noise reduction setting on my camera. Ended up doing it manually, which was a bit tricky.

Camera: Canon 6D with 24-105mm f/4L IS

Lindsey Stirling at The Roxy

Went to my first concert last night, up at The Roxy to see Lindsey Stirling on her first tour. Wasn’t sure if they’d allow cameras, but I brought mine just in case. Even used my 50mm so it wouldn’t stand out too much. Turns out I didn’t need to worry, I saw plenty of other people there with even bigger cameras and telephoto lenses.

But I ended up sitting at a table towards the back, so even though I had a mostly unobstructed view, it wasn’t as close as I’d hoped (especially with a 50). Still, even at that distance I was able to grab some nice shots, although there was a lot of cropping involved later. The 1.4 aperture worked really well in capturing the lighting without getting too much blur.

And the concert itself was incredible, Lindsey Stirling is even more amazing live. I’m definitely looking forward to her next tour.

Camera: Canon 6D with 50mm f/1.4