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20160812: Old boots, almost retiring time…Vasque Breeze GTX review

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Not sure how many years these boots have on them, I think I bought them in 2013…

UPDATE 20160817: at the bottom is a screen shot of the Vasque Review, they recommend having the boots resoled by a person In Seattle, Washington. In case anyone else needs to have their boots done.

UPDATE 20160813:  Inside the Boots

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But as the heels show, the sole has worn through, they are kind of slick on on the wet streets. But I have found that the Vasque Breeze (GTX) hiking boots are some of the most comfortable boots I have had. Soft enough to wear all day, water proof to the almost the top, there is a little gap so the tongue has flexibility. I do find them a bit hot in the troical weather I am in here in Mexico, but with the unpredictable terrain, they are valuable to wear. Thinsulate linings are in a good state, no worn out. With 3 years on them, I am glad I bought a 2nd pair 2 years ago. Vasque Breeze II GTX

And as you can see, the uppers are also showing the miles of deserts, high mountains, mushy meadows, streams, snow, long hours in the nights shooting stars, never knowing what I might step in and city life they have traveled.

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At $169.00 USD, even the shoelaces are the original, none of the hooks have broken, and never one to be easy on equipment, I have hard time saying it time to Retire.

I am hoping to put the new ones in service when I change continents at the end of the year.

Here is a link to the company’s site on these shoes. NOPE, I nothing to with the company or selling this product.

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Please make comment about your favorite boots in the links, we all like different boots for different reason, just as we shoot with different perspectives…

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Low light, moving objects…..Shooting the Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Calif.

Aquarium of the Pacific, Photographer"s Night. A lesson in high ISO shooting. 2013

Aquarium of the Pacific, Photographer’s Night. A lesson in high ISO shooting. 2013

Photographer’s Night!! Wow, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif. does a Photographer’s Night.

Bring your own gear, nothing but other photographers around. OK, so it sounds better than it was.

October 6, 2013.

I was in the first group, had my wheeled cart with gear. In the introduction lecture I saw that there were hundreds of photographers. Tons of equipment, from people with point and shoot cameras to pro systems. The second group would be an hour behind. Both groups together till closing with access to most of the exhibits.

I quickly found myself, being pushed around by other photographers, jumped in front of, and had shots ruined by other’s camera flashes going off and messing up my exposure or reflecting off the glass.

My gear was a liability, I would have been better off with just a couple lens, tripod, camera extras in my vest and backpack, a small 3 or 5-in-one reflector and camera. I used my reflector to block light reflections on the glass a couple times after the crowd thinned out. Oh, some water. I use a hydration backpack (large storage and water).

So, I’m Taoist-Buddhist, I wandered around, looking for where the others hadn’t reach yet. I was patience knowing, if I was pulling around too much equipment others were too. Others would take the snap shots their tablets, point & shoots and yes cell phones photos and go home. The crowd would thin out, just wait.

Group of Nautilus in tank. 6400 ISO 100mm f2.8 1/30 sec. 2013

Group of Nautilus in tank.
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Single nautilus, spent 20 minutes chasing these around to get a decent shot. 6400 ISO 100mm f2.8 1/60 sec. 2013

Single nautilus, spent 20 minutes chasing these around to get a decent shot. 6400 ISO 100mm f2.8 1/60 sec. 2013

The tanks holding the fish, sea creatures, had a variety of lights, coloring the internal scenes. Black lights to show off the bio-luminescent. Here is a sample of what you get to shoot. AND YES, it is worth it, just be patience, wait for the crowds to thin out. Most of the people left after a couple hours and it was much easier to move around and get shots.

Sea Dragon, exhibit closes early, so go there and get your shots in the beginning when few are there. I found it late and the crowd had thinned out, but the light went out while I was there.  6400 ISO, 50mm f1.4 1/80 sec. 2013

Sea Dragon, exhibit closes early, so go there and get your shots in the beginning when few are there. I found it late and the crowd had thinned out, but the light went out while I was there.
6400 ISO, 50mm f1.4 1/80 sec. 2013

As you can see, these sea creatures and their backgrounds have movement. A faster lens lets you use a faster shutter. Flash just bounces off the glass, if you direct it in at the object and are too straight on and at angle you don’t get much light in. Bouncing the flash doesn’t get enough light in to the tanks (most are rectangle hole in the wall) to do much good. Of Course, everyone will thank you for the flash in their photos and faces.

I borrowed the 50mm F1.4  from my brother, but found that the Canon 100mm F2.8 did much better for the small animals.

Yes, that one you want shoot just moved to the back of the tank. Might try my 70-200mm F2.8 zoom just for the fun of it sometime.

Wild colors! 2013

Wild colors! 2013

BIG fish. People in the frame to show size. 2013

BIG fish. People in the frame to show size. 2013

Bright colors, fun to shoot! 2013

Bright colors, fun to shoot! 2013

Hypnotic to watch these jellyfish. Several tanks, different color lights, styles of tanks for different effects. 2013

Hypnotic to watch these jellyfish. Several tanks, different color lights, styles of tanks for different effects. 2013

Can't forget the seahorses. 2013

Can’t forget the seahorses. 2013

Shark egg case with hole to see baby shark growing in egg.  2013

Shark egg case with hole to see baby shark growing in egg. 2013

So, as you can see there is a lot of fun things to shoot. If you are patience you can try these kind of shots during regular hours, I don’t think they let tripods in so, High ISO cameras, fast lens (F/2.8 or better), and the patience to wait for everything to come together for a photograph. The new mirrorless cameras and latest generations of major DSLR cameras are raising the bar for ISO levels. Cell phones are getting more and more complex cameras in them, too.

If you have questions about any of these photographs or the techniques used to get them. Please ask me, leave a question in the comments. I love to heard from all of you the readers.

If you live in the Southern California area and want me to shoot for you, I am taking reservations for photography shoots after I get off my restrictions for this hernia surgery, and I am back up to carrying my gear. Photo-journalistic event coverage, environmental portrait/group shots, Street photography (I like cityscapes more than people, looking for good areas to chase the light. Post coming soon), and camping to do landscape, star and light painting. Of course, if you plan to visit the So. Cal. area, I would be happy talk to you about your needs as well. Got to pay for my photography habit somehow. End of March and forward I should be up and running. Limit myself in carrying gear, but looking for work. Till then,

Creative Shooting,

Peter

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Up the coast, location scouting.

Point Vicente Lighthouse, Catalina Island in the distance. 2014

Point Vicente Lighthouse, Catalina Island in the distance. 2014

Well, there was not much of  sunrise this morning. But I drove up the coast a couple of miles, looking for places to come back to shoot in better light.

Sometimes you just have to go out and see where the light is and where it will be at sunrise or sunset to decide if a shot might work. Getting out there and looking through the viewfinder, (in the old days they had and sometimes still use cardboard frames and loupes) to see THE crop.

The above photo, I walked around for a couple minutes, then spent a couple more minutes framing up the shot.

Shot a few frames, changed my mind and moved to horizontal, slowed the shutter way down. Got out a cheap graduated neutral density filter. I use cheap plastic ones because I can stick one or 2 in my vest. Fast grab, just hold it up in front of the lens. Stuff it back in the pocket. Throw it out when it is too scratched. Most of the time I shoot, I have my vest, but I don’t always have a backpack with the filter holder and filter wallet. Saved a few shots that way. When I’m rich and have porters carrying my gear, I’ll have the $10,000 glass filter set in it’s special padded box. Maybe sooner, just leave the box in the truck and take only what I need after this surgery heals and I can carry A LOT more of my gear.

Anyway, note the blur on the splash on the wave over the rocks below. Slow shutter and tripod. Shot some shots with a fast shutter just to have some. Nice thing about digital!

Started walking again.

Walk path Point Vicente Lighthouse. Catalina Island in distance. 2015

Walk path Point Vicente Lighthouse. Catalina Island in distance. 2015

Walking a little farther along the path I came to this. Oh, just calling out to be shot. Diagonal lines of the fence lead the viewer up to the lighthouse on the point. The Point leads out to the island in the distance. I make it a personal view by putting the viewer on the path itself at a low eye level. A little Lightroom magic to pull the shadows in the bottom left corner up, pull the highlights down in the upper left corner sky. A travel poster shot?? Postcard?? Needs a better sky.

But I know where this place is and can get there in short order if I see a great sky building. Of course I might not get Catalina Island in the next shot, it’s 22 miles out. Maybe, just maybe the muse will be nice and I’ll be there at the right time!!

I’m hoping to check out some old haunts, parks that had little Neat areas. Going tomorrow morning, chase some early morning light.

Till then, Please leave me comments, I love to hear from all of you.

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Creative Shooting,

Peter

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