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Video from El Matador

Here is some video I shot with the 5D II at El Matador:

November 25, 2009 - 12:04 am

Michael Bandy - Very cool and crystal clear. You can hear people from our group yelling about something at some point. LOL.

December 4, 2009 - 3:11 am

Sean - Wow man that is awesome. Great job.

December 10, 2009 - 12:39 am

Cary - Great video! Soothing Sounds of the Pacific, brought to you by Kurt. Haven’t been to your blog in awhile, fantastic shots.

El Matador State Beach

On Sunday afternoon I decided to take the 5D Mark II out for a shoot. I’m still getting to know this camera, and thought a trip to El Matador State Beach. To my surprise I ran into 7 or 8 other photographers who were arriving about the same time. We didn’t have the best weather for spectacular sunsets (not a cloud in the sky) but there are always good images to be made here. This is my second time visiting this little gem off the Malibu coast, and no doubt I will be back again and again. Here are some images from yesterday’s shoot:

More El Matador in twilight II

More El Matador in twilight II

El Matador rocks

El Matador rocks

More El Matador in twilight

More El Matador in twilight

Another view at El Matador

Another view at El Matador

Sunset starburst

Sunset starburst

El Matador Beach

El Matador Beach

A golden footprint glistens in the sand inside a cave

A golden footprint glistens in the sand inside a cave

Inside a cave at El Matador

Inside a cave at El Matador

Stairs to someone's lucky house dip down to El Matador beach

Stairs to someone's lucky house dip down to El Matador beach

Crashing waves and birds

Crashing waves and birds

Birds perch on rocks at El Matador State Beach

Birds perch on rocks at El Matador State Beach

November 25, 2009 - 12:01 am

Michael Bandy - Great shots Kurt. You definitely have a great eye and strong grasp of photography. Well done. It was good meeting you the other day. Be well man!

December 8, 2009 - 10:47 am

Anthony - Great work. Haven’t been to the site in a few weeks and I love all the new photos. Keep it up.

Some recent shots

Since I have new gear burning a hole in my pocket, I had to go shoot. The Ferris Wheel was shot on Friday night and the boat was shot on Sunday morning. Just the week before I had kayaked around the boat “Zenji” when it was docked at the gas station in Marina del Rey. It’s a really massive sailboat.

Pacific Park Ferris Wheel, Santa Monica Pier

Pacific Park Ferris Wheel, Santa Monica Pier

Sunrise over the massive sailboat "Zenji"

Sunrise over the massive sailboat "Zenji"

"Zenji" and birds

"Zenji" and birds

"Zenji", Malibu Pier and Fisherman

"Zenji", Malibu Pier and Fisherman

Seaweed, Malibu Beach and Pier

Seaweed, Malibu Beach and Pier

Upgrade

Palm Tree and Puffy Clouds

Palm Tree and Puffy Clouds - Canon 5D Mark II with 16-35 2.8L @ 23mm, 1/200 at f/9.0 ISO 100

After months of deliberation and planning, I’ve finally upgraded to a 5D Mark II. I’m hoping this new camera will help take my photography to the next level. The resolution is more than double that of my 40d (21.1 megapixels vs 10.1) and I have long been looking forward having a full 35mm sized sensor. Moving from an APS-C sized sensor in the 40d to full frame means that my 10-22mm lens will no longer work, as this lens physically not fit in front of the larger mirror box. For the ultra-wide focal range I have decided to replace the 10-22 with the 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens. This is a nearly identical field of view range but for the larger sensor and at a constant 2.8 aperture. The above image, a quick snapshot on my way to work, was taken with the new combo. When I downloaded the morning’s images I was stunned to see the sharpness in the palm tree. Below are 100% crops from the raw image. There’s a little bit of processing in Lightroom (default sharpness is used). This is a tremendous improvement on image detail, and I’m really looking forward to using this new tool in the field.

100% crop near the center of the Palm image

100% crop near the center of the Palm image

100% crop from the top of the Palm image

100% crop from the top of the Palm image

100% crop of the bottom trunk in the Palm image

100% crop of the bottom trunk in the Palm image

I have many more updates planned. I can’t wait to go out and shoot with the new gear!

The Maroon Bells

Back in 1997 my Mom and I went to Aspen, Colorado during spring break. During this trip we ventured over to the Maroon Bells, a beautiful set of 14,000 foot peaks.

The instanty recognizable Maroon Bells

The instanty recognizable Maroon Bells

The valley had just been opened up after being cleared of avalanche danger. To get there at this time of year required snowmobiles, since the snow over the road was still several feet deep. Mom and I spent all morning there in the valley with just the mountains, snow, and hot chocolate provided by the little shack at the end of the road. It was a pristine and beautiful morning, and I will not forget being there.

Aspens and Shadows

Aspens and Shadows

Blue and gold contrast amplified by the polarizing filter I was using

Blue and gold contrast amplified by the polarizing filter I was using

Some of the surrounding peaks

Some of the surrounding peaks

Silver Aspens

Silver Aspens

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