Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Shark Fin Cove (Aerial Photography) - Davenport, CA

On 8/15/2016, I took my DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter out to Shark Fin Cove in Davenport, CA for a flight so I can take some aerial scenery photos and shoot some aerial scenery video. I shot aerial photos, aerial video, DSLR video, and DSLR photos on this trip. In this blog post, I will share with you the aerial photos I took.

Shark Fin Cove is known for it's iconic "Shark Tooth" or "Shark Fin" shaped rock that is slightly off the shore. While the beach is a big hard to get down to (pretty steep climb), it is worth it once you get down there. Some other names this beach goes by is Shark Tooth Beach, Shark Tooth Cove, Shark Fin Beach, and Davenport Cove. This spot is awesome for some amazing aerial photos and videos. If you are an aerial photographer or just a regular land-based photographer, I definitely recommend you to visit this beach. Please note it tends to be cloudy, windy, and cold at this beach (I've been there a few times). I recommend you pack and dress appropriately!

As mentioned earlier, I also took other photos and videos on this trip too. Here are the links to those:
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Aerial photo of the Shark Tooth Rock shot right over the beach.

 Black and white process of the photo above.


Aerial photo of the cove/beach. On the right in the distance is Bonny Doon Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. Bonny Doon Beach sits on the boundary between Santa Cruz and Davenport. You can only get a shot from this angle from an aircraft. My quadcopter was flying over the ocean for this photo. The straight road you see on the top of the photo is State Route 1. The beach is located right next to it. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Another aerial photo of the beach/cove but shot further out into the ocean. On the right in the distance is Bonny Doon Beach in Santa Cruz, CA. The straight road you see running diagonally through the photo is State Route 1. 

 Black and white process of the photo above.


A top down aerial photo of the cove/beach. This was as much of the scenery as I can get into the shot flying at the maximum legal altitude. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Aerial photo of the Shark Tooth Rock shot right over the beach. 

Black and white process of the photo above.

This is all the photos for today! I hope you have enjoyed the photos! Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

As mentioned earlier, I also took other photos and videos on this trip too. Here are the links to those:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Shark Fin Cove - Davenport, CA Aerial Scenery - Video


Aerial scenery from Shark Fin Cove in Davenport, CA. The video footage was shot with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter on August 15th, 2016. Shark Fin Cove is a small secluded beach on the side of State Route 1 near Santa Cruz, CA. The beach is also known as Shark Fin Beach, Shark Tooth Beach, Shark Tooth Cove, or Davenport Cove. The cove gets its name from its rock that looks like a shark fin or shark tooth.

In this video, I show some stationary scenery where I just let my quadcopter hover in the air, and a scenery shot where I circle the rock.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable (3ft) Review (Video)


I review the 3 feet Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable. This is a USB-C cable that is up to USB-C specifications with a 56k Ohm pull-up resistor which is required to denote that cable uses the legacy standard for backwards compatibility. Also this product comes with Anker's great customer support. I have been Anker's customer for years. Most of my products are good, but when I do have a problem, Anker's customer support always corrects things for me (when with-in the warranty period). This is why I am still their customer even after all these years. In the video, I also compare this cable to the Choetech USB-C to USB 2.0 cable.

Please note that any USB-C cable with USB-A plug on one end will not charge your 5V 3A devices at the maximum current. Legacy USB-A chargers go up to 5V 2.4A max. As mentioned, in my testing with my Huawei Nexus 6P, I didn't notice too big of a charging speed difference even with the lower current output.

Choetech USB-C to USB 2.0 (3.3ft) Cable Review

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Choetech USB-C to USB 2.0 (3.3ft) Cable Review (Video)


I review the 3.3 feet Choetech USB-C to USB-A 2.0 Cable. This is a USB-C cable that is up to USB-C specifications with a 56k Ohm pull-up resistor which is required to denote that cable uses the legacy standard for backwards compatibility. I have been with Choetech for years and all of their products has been high quality and never broke on me before (with the exception of a charger which got fried due to a DOA Anker power bank). I highly recommend Choetech products. In the video, I also compare this cable to the Anker PowerLine USB-C to USB 3.0 cable.

Please note that any USB-C cable with USB-A plug on one end will not charge your 5V 3A devices at the maximum current. Legacy USB-A chargers go up to 5V 2.4A max. As mentioned, in my testing with my Huawei Nexus 6P, I didn't notice too big of a charging speed difference even with the lower current output.

Anker USB-C to USB 3.0 (3ft) Cable Review

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lake Chabot Regional Park - Castro Valley, CA (Part 3)

From 7/16/2016 to 7/28/2016, I hit up three separate East Bay Regional Parks here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I visited Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA, Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, CA, and Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley, CA. I have an annual pass this year, so I do plan on taking more photography trips to these parks. I want to exercise and get fit so I can do a camping trip up in the Sierras here in California sometime. I've been thinking about a trip like that for a while now. Not to mention, I really need to loose some weight. Enough about me though, I am here to share the photos I took at the parks with you guys. I will be splitting the photos into several parts. I also shot video on my East Bay Park trips. You can view my vlog with the videos here. I hope you enjoy.

Full Resolution Photos: If you want to see full resolution photos of any of the photos you see here, use the following links. If you wish to purchase prints of any of the photos, please contact me here. To view my best East Bay Regional Park photos, use this link. To see my best monochrome and abstract photos for 2016, use this link. To see all of my photos from Lake Chabot Regional Park, use this link.

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I took a total of 3 trips during July to Lake Chabot Regional Park. I will be splitting my photos from the trips into 3 blog posts. In this blog post, I will show you the scenery photos I shot on 7/21/2016 and 7/28/2016.

Scenery of Lake Chabot. I will first begin with photos from 7/21/2016.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 33 N 122 06 08 W 

Scenery of Lake Chabot shot from Raccoon Point.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 42 N 122 06 03 W 

 Black and white process of the photo above.


Scenery of the forest shot on Live Oak Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 49 N 122 05 32 W 

Scenery from Honker Bay Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 51 N 122 05 30 W

 Black and white process of the photo above.


Scenery of marshland and Lake Chabot from Honker Bay Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 44 N 122 05 51 W 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Scenery of marshland and Lake Chabot from Honker Bay Trail. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Scenery of marshland and Lake Chabot from Honker Bay Trail. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 43 N 122 05 53 W


Scenery of Lake Chabot from Honker Bay Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 47 N 122 06 11 W 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Scenery of Lake Chabot from Honker Bay Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 38 N 122 06 17 W 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

Scenery of Lake Chabot from Honker Bay Trail. On the right is Live Oak Island.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 36 N 122 06 22 W


A photo of eucalyptus trees from Honker Bay Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 38 N 122 06 31 W

A photo of a forest of eucalyptus trees from Honker Bay Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 43 N 122 06 29 W 

A photo of Honker Bay Trail and eucalyptus trees. 

A photo of a forest of eucalyptus trees from Honker Bay Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 44 N 122 06 29 W 

A photo of Honker Bay Trail and Lake Chabot. This is the last photo from 7/21/2016.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 45 N 122 05 54 W


 Scenery of Lake Chabot shot from Raccoon Point. The rest of the photos are from 7/28/2016.

A photo of a fishing pier and Lake Chabot from Honker Bay Trail.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 38 N 122 06 17 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.

This is all the photos for today and for this chain of blog posts. I hope you have enjoyed the photos! Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Lake Chabot Regional Park - Castro Valley, CA (Part 2)

From 7/16/2016 to 7/28/2016, I hit up three separate East Bay Regional Parks here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I visited Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA, Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont, CA, and Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley, CA. I have an annual pass this year, so I do plan on taking more photography trips to these parks. I want to exercise and get fit so I can do a camping trip up in the Sierras here in California sometime. I've been thinking about a trip like that for a while now. Not to mention, I really need to loose some weight. Enough about me though, I am here to share the photos I took at the parks with you guys. I will be splitting the photos into several parts. I also shot video on my East Bay Park trips. You can view my vlog with the videos here. I hope you enjoy.

Full Resolution Photos: If you want to see full resolution photos of any of the photos you see here, use the following links. If you wish to purchase prints of any of the photos, please contact me here. To view my best East Bay Regional Park photos, use this link. To see my best monochrome and abstract photos for 2016, use this link. To see all of my photos from Lake Chabot Regional Park, use this link.

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I took a total of 3 trips during July to Lake Chabot Regional Park. I will be splitting my photos from the trips into 3 blog posts. In this blog post, I will show you the rest of my scenery, flower, and close up photos from Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley, CA that was shot on 7/19/2016.

A scenery photo of the vegetation and Lake Chabot shot from West Shore Trail. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 29 N 122 06 38 W 

A scenery photo of Lake Chabot shot from West Shore Trail. 

A photo of Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) shot from West Shore Trail.  

 Black and white process of the photo above.


 A photo of weed shot from West Shore Trail. 
Photography Tip: The reason the background looks so dark is because the shot was underexposed and compensated with flash to isolate the subject. The light from your flash will fall off much faster so objects closer to your flash will get more light than objects further away. By doing this, your subject will be lit and the background will be darkened. The more distance between the subject and the background, the stronger the effect. I normally expose the shot manually (Manual Mode or M) and have the flash power on auto (E-TTL). 

Black and white process of the photo above.

A photo of weed shot from West Shore Trail.

 Black and white process of the photo above.


A photo of acorns shot from West Shore Trail. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

 A photo of acorns shot from West Shore Trail. 


A photo of wild blackberry flowers on a wild blackberry bush. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

A photo of wild blackberry leaves on a wild blackberry bush. 

Black and white process of the photo above. 

 A photo of wild blackberry on a wild blackberry bush. I did try a few and I saw some other visitors collecting and eating some too. These wild blackberries tend to be more sour and tiny (on occasion, you do get a sweet one) and the bush is covered in thorns. Also, wild blackberries have more of a laxative effect than domesticated blackberries. If you do go eat them, pay attention to how many you're eating!


A photo of a fallen tree and weed shot on East Shore Trail. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 07 N 122 06 16 W 

A photo of flowers shot along East Shore Trail. I couldn't identify what flowers these are. If you know, please comment below.  

Black and white process of the photo above. 

A long exposure forest photo from East Shore Trail. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 37 43 12 N 122 06 12 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.

This is all the photos for today. Next time, I will post the rest of my photos from Lake Chabot Regional Park in Castro Valley, CA. I hope you have enjoyed the photos! Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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