You Never Know What You Will Find, Around San Diego

For most of us Photographers, sometimes it can be difficult to find something new to photograph in our neighborhood. I know personally, I am always on the look-out for a new spot to shot or just something interesting to see. If you enjoy the outdoors this is one of the benefits, because you never know what you will find, around San Diego.

Last Sunday, I didn’t have anything better to do, but I know I wanted to get out and take some pictures, because it was a nice day. So, I headed to Oceanside to find some new scenery and decided to check-out Oceanside Harbor. If you have ever walked around a harbor, you know that most of the time, you can’t go anywhere unless you have permission. Well, someone left the gate open and I took advantage of that, as any good photographer would. I scanned the area and saw some boats, containers, rope and then bingo, I found some lobster traps. It must be lobster season, because they had the traps stacked four high by ten traps long. They had buoys inside with different colors and numbers on them. After doing some research, I found them quite interesting. Most lobster traps, I saw had a hole for the lobster to enter, two chambers, some bait and an area where the smaller lobsters could escape, only to be caught later on down the road.

Here are some tips that I use, when exploring:

Take your camera with you even if you look like a Japanese tourist.

Put people in the shot to show size, plus they can be interesting subject, just make sure he or she is aware of it.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, sometimes we shot something and think it kind of looks interesting, but it ends up being a great shot.

If your timing is wrong, you can always come back, if you’re close to home.

Remember, film is free, if you’re using a digital camera.

Be prepared! Make sure your equipment is charged, cleaned, and ready to go.

Don’t forget a tri-pod or mono-pod.

I know if you want the perfect shot, you need to plan the right location, at the right time, with the right weather condition and this still holds true. But sometimes, if you are out and about, taking a leisurely walk and you happen to spot something interesting, why not take advantage of it. You can always use the practice. I noticed that along the coast it was starting to get hazy, so if I wanted to wait and take some sunset pictures I might want to pick another day.

I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.