Monday, November 28, 2011

Mega Low Tide at Half Moon Bay (Part 1)

Several times a year, Half Moon Bay in California has it's mega low tide day. During the mega low tide, the ocean will retreats for a few miles, and land that is usually 5-10 feet under water becomes exposed. On 11-27-2011, it was one of the days. In following days, I will be showing you photos I've taken. Please come back and look!

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So, I have decided, I will not be posting the photos in order. Everyday I will be picking around 10 photos I have taken at the Mega Low Tide day. :) I've got around 70 photos I will be posting! So please check back! I got a lot of cool and rare photos! Today, I got some landscape shots, and some pictures of the organisms I found in the tide pools!

Today's photos are original, straight from my Canon EOS 7D. No touch up work what so ever! :)

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To see my best photos from this event, use this link. To see all of the photos from this event, use this link.

Here is a landscape shot! You see the kelp and the rocks? That area is usually underwater. At that time, it was around 3 PM. The lowest tide was around 5-6 PM. You can already see the water retreating.

Another landscape shot. This isn't at the low tide point yet.

There were lot's of baby crabs under rocks. They were so tiny! ^_^ The picture on my preview post and these two were the best ones I took. I actually messed up the other shots with wrong manual adjustments. XD Pretty much shows how much of an amateur I am. ROFL

Another shot of the crab. 

Photography Tip: Alright, a photography tip for you amateurs out there (Okay well I am one too... but... anyways), macro shots like these are usually done at a low aperture. So instead of using auto, put your Mode Dial on either AV or A (depends on the camera you have). This mode tells the camera, you want to control the aperture, the computer can decide on the shutter speed. Now use the adjustment thingy (different on every camera) and turn it down to the lowest aperture it will go. It will show up as x.x/f. make x.x go down as much as you can. That is your f-stop number. The lower the number, the bigger the ring (aperture) in your lens opens up and vise versa. The wider the aperture, the blurrier the background. If the subject blurs up, go up a bit with the f-stop number. The lower the f-stop, the faster the shutter. Great for quick pictures. For landscapes, put your camera on a tripod, and play with the f-stop, usually a higher f-stop will work better. This also slows your shutter speed and put more of the view in focus.

I sea shell I found.

The sun over exposed my shot. 

This is a sea anemone. There were a lot of them! I will be posting up more photos of them in the following days. Surprisingly, the outside isn't much, but the inside is filled with color! If you touch them, they'll dig itself back into the ground. HAHA It's really cool.

Lot's of kelp... HAHA Usually this is all under water. No wonder so many people came to see this. There were way over 10,000 people there!

Another picture of a sea anemone. 

Another landscape shot. You can see the beach in the background. (The part not covered by kelp) That is usually the only land NOT under water. What an experience!

Tomorrow, I will be showing more landscape photos plus photos of the little critters that lives in these tide pools! Stay tuned. In  the following days, I will also be posting some really really nice sunset photos I took.

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