Sunday, December 16, 2007

Looking Across The Estuary

About a week ago, I drove across the bridge on a mission: Get fresh saltwater. That always sounds just a bit confusing. Fresh water and salt water with water and fresh and then salt in the same sentence. I was after saltwater to replenish the old saltwater in the cold saltwater water aquarium. Ah, forget it. You know what I mean. Anyway, I drove over to South Beach to get some fresh saltwater. When I got there, I saw things in a way completely different from my many previous visits. What changed the way I see, you ask. The new picturer did it. I no longer see through eyes. I see through the viewfinder implant that I received with the Nikon D40. A great way to see, if you ask me.




The picture fest began at last light. The exposures were mostly a little over 30 seconds. The orange glow off in the distance is from the sodium vapor lights on commercial fishing vessels coming back with their loads of dungeness crab. Keep in mind that, except for the bridge, just about everything in this shot is moving on liquid cold fresh saltwater water.









It's all about color. And color at night in a picture is like stealing. I feel naughty.





The United States Coast Guard helicopter paints a faint smile over our fair city.














That streak of light bars on the left is actually a fishing boat traveling left to right. It has illuminated the F/V Seeker quite nicely.




Here you can see the tail end of the fishing boat entering the Port Docks, protected by a rock jetty.




Parting shot: Sunrise as viewed from the logging road between my little hill and the world of paved roads.


46 Comments:

At Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 3:21:00 PM PST , OpenID cameron5408 said...

What a wonderful set of nighttime photos!

I particularly enjoyed the splashes of color reflecting on the water.

Excellent.

 
At Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 4:57:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

CAMERONIOUS: Such beauty, yes. Reflected beauty: Visual applause.

 
At Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 5:09:00 PM PST , Blogger Van Dykes said...

So, that's where you've been! Spending a little quality time with your picturer. Off to the water. Click, click, click. Ah. Love is grand!

Love the last picture. Very, very, very nice.

 
At Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 5:48:00 PM PST , Blogger lime said...

loves the ones with the colored lights on the water. and the sunrise is breathtaking. that new picturer does some darned fine work when it is in your hands and in front of your eyes.

 
At Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 7:13:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Very cool photos.
How come you don't get some Instant Ocean at the pet store? It would save lugging around sea water.

 
At Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 7:15:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Almost forgot -I did that thing we emailed about. It was hard, but I think I pulled it off. That's a load off my mind.

 
At Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 8:28:00 PM PST , OpenID myponderings said...

Gawpo, dear, must you keep making me homesick? I know exactly where you were taking these... ::: sigh :::

 
At Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 9:14:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

SHARAH: I have been mostly working. YUKKERS. Have to pay for the picturer. And the new zoom I am about to order.

Love is grand? No, no, my dear----La is Grande. (couldn't resist. i crack me up):

LIMERS: Yeah, the colors really rocked my eye world. Thank you for bellying up to the visual drink bar.

Oh, CLAIRE: Funny you should mention that. I was talking to my very good friend, June Bug today as she held my hand on a Christmas shopping jaunt, and we were talking about getting fresh water out of the sea/bay/estuary. We were laughing over the fact that people who live inland have to get that store-bought salt to make a recipe for saltwater. But what I get to do is dip buckets into that organic, free range saltwater. It's all the rave, dahling. No additives. Just sea lion poop. My critters prefer it, don't you know.

Oh, Claire: Whew! wiping forehead of beads of sweat on your behalf.

BWOOKIE: I had you in mind! Ha! I just knew you would say that. My plan worked. Get your BUTT BACK HOME THIS INSTANT, YOUNG LADY! lol! We know when it will happen. This is just a taste for you to enjoy. It does say "Brooke's Home" all over it now, doesn't it? Yes, it does....xo, G

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 6:03:00 AM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Beautiful shots!! THe sunrise is spectacular! ...from the cat...meowwww!

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 8:11:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

PAM AIRIES: T.D.C.! (that darn cat). You probably aren't old enough to remember that T.V. show.

Glad you liked the pics.

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 8:32:00 AM PST , OpenID ocquill said...

Gawpo -- gorgeous photos. I think my favorites are the ones of the boats at dock. I do like the ones with light, but those still photos without light look like anticipation ... the way the morning looks when the fishermen first arrive to get on their boats and put to sea.

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 4:17:00 PM PST , Blogger Annie said...

These are memorable to see Gawpo. Lovely.

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 5:14:00 PM PST , Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Gusto los fotos Gawpo. Que bellisimo ! El arco iris de la agua! Yo no veo las criaturas marinas aqui. Pero yo pienso el coral esta magnifico.
Feliz navidad!
xo

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 6:32:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

OPENID OCQUILLY: I go gah-gah over color. But you are right about the the anticipation in the early-looking light that bathes the boats. Nice.

BLOGGER ANNIE: So good to see you seeing things here. xo, G

BLOGGER KATIE MCKENNA: Oh, I am so happy you like the pictures. I will post marine critters soon. And Merry Christmas to you!

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 6:48:00 PM PST , Blogger Cheesy said...

Lovely... just lovely!
[Hurry up February! Next beach trip!]

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 7:03:00 PM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

That Darn Cat...oh yes I do!! I am Siamese if you Please..I am Siamese if.....

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 8:28:00 PM PST , Blogger Dan said...

The universe was putting on a wonderful lightshow for you, and you took advantage. Great photos!

 
At Monday, December 17, 2007 at 9:03:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

CHEESY: Then get your curds over here and I'll put you onto the best chowder in town. If you even like chowder, that is.

PAM AIRIES: Ha! You do remember That Darn Cat. One of our family's favorite shows, along with That Girl and Get Smart. My dad bought the box set of DVDs for the latter.

DAN: Ah, yes---the Universe. "Thoughts become pictures."

 
At Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 6:51:00 AM PST , Blogger Sheila said...

Great photos Gawpo. You are mastering your camera well. Something I have yet to do.
I like night photos too..did you stay up all night to shoot the sunrise..?
LOL

 
At Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 7:38:00 AM PST , Blogger mindy said...

aahh.. night shooting... now i see... beautiful. the colors on the water are amazing.. look how good you are...

 
At Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 9:17:00 AM PST , Blogger Nessa said...

I love my picturer taker for the same reasons, Gawpy. I find myself seeing everything as if I were taking pictures, even when I'm not.

Love your colors. Beautiful.

 
At Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 7:28:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

SHEILA: You do fine with yours, my dear. So don't go 'round puttin' mah Sheila down! It sort of looks like I may have stayed up all night, huh? That's funny. Good one.

MINDANCE: Hello, Blessed Sister In The D40hood. Just watch Mr. Prist's DVD tutorials and go here: www.kenrockwell.com to learn a lot of stuff.

NESSIE: Gawpie and Nessie see viewfinder-to-viewfinder on that score. Uh-huh. We do. Got some good ones tonight of the Georgia Pacific paper mill's steam plume, just-a dumpin' the CO2 into the air. Nice picture, though.

 
At Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 9:19:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Well the instant ocean claims to have all the right stuff. What do I know? How about pollution, huh? Your seawater collection spot have any of that, cuz I'll bet Instant Ocean is pollution free?!
LOL, I heart u Gawpo

 
At Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 4:57:00 AM PST , Blogger Scarlet said...

How did you manage to capture the essence of the place w/ just a camera? The reflection of lights on the water is beautiful. It brings back memories of Niagara Falls at night (the light show). Thanks for the Gawpo show! ;)

 
At Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 5:23:00 AM PST , Blogger Cheesy said...

Love chowder but will it beat the best steamers in the world?? [Sandbar]YUM!!

 
At Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 5:53:00 AM PST , Blogger somewhere joe said...

I like am all... nice captures. You caught a moody and colorful essence here. In #5 the night sky is even smiling! You said "smile", didn't you.

Isn't it wierd how you begin to see the world like a camera? The colors, the light, the texture... Life imitates art.

 
At Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 6:12:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

CLAIRE: Pollution? Of COURSE! We have to pay extra for that. In more ways than just one. lol.

SCARLET: A greater complement a know-nuthin' amateur could not aspire to attain. Yay!

CHEESY: Get OUTTA TOWN! (actually, come to it...) Paul and Bonnie own the Sandbar. Bonnie runs the place mostly. I work with Paul and we are good buds. How's that for small world?

SOMEWHERE JOE: Encouragement captured, Jeaux. Thanks. I find myself stopping the car now. A lot.

 
At Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 4:45:00 PM PST , Blogger the grumble said...

Frakin' fab fotos. Especially the second one. And the third. And all the others. And if you want, it's a snap to 'shop out that plane in number 5.

I probably should send you my D200. I think you deserve it more than me. I've lost my mojo. I couldn't make a good picture to save my life. But I don't want to jinx you. You're doing great with the D40. Better leave well enough alone. And you're doing well, by crikey!

 
At Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 8:03:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

MURRUMBLE BEE: You have no idea what that means to me. I idolize your picturer-ing abilities, you know. I know that after not throwing pots for a really long time and then going back, I find that I am somehow better. Something like when an alcoholic quits drinking for twenty years and then starts up again, but for some unknown reason (with alcoholism anyway), the alcoholic finds himself where he would have been in the stages of progression as if he'd never stopped. Funny how that works. In art, we're not as "lucky" as alcoholics, but entertain this for a moment: You are just in the middle of a very long exposure. You MUST wait, Murray. You are gifted.

Copy on being able to shop stuff out. That's a comfort. I will get Cindra to help me with that.

SO Grucking Fate to see you popping in!!!! I value that. I value you. G

 
At Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 12:22:00 PM PST , Blogger Jay said...

I'm glad you cleared up the whole 'fresh salt water' thing. I would have been wondering for a while.

I really like the lights in those pictures.

 
At Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 1:34:00 PM PST , Blogger the grumble said...

Hmm.. alcoholism is sounding pretty good right about now. I'll look into it.

 
At Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 2:34:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Ooooooooh! The pictures made it all worth the wait. :)

Fresh saltwater water. . . Is that SEAsonal?^_^

 
At Friday, December 21, 2007 at 12:56:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

JAY: Hope you are doing well (well, better anyway...). It's all about the salt in the fresh, yes?

GRUMBLE: Ha! Me too. Any late stage -ism has got to be interesting. Belch.

CANDACIA: OH WOW. How'd I miss that one? Guess you just can't keep those puns at bay, now can you? Seen Monty Python's newest?: Life Of Brine? Can't afford to go. Guess I need to move up to a higher income brackish. Water you still doing here? You'd better start PILING on the criticism of Roger CLAMens' HGH use with the rest of 'em.

 
At Friday, December 21, 2007 at 12:57:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

CANDACIA: Batter up!

 
At Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 1:56:00 PM PST , Blogger Sheila said...

Love and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.
hugs
Sheila
xx

 
At Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 3:25:00 PM PST , Blogger Pam Aries said...

Did somebody say..Salty Dog?...or was that just salt water and alcohol talking....

 
At Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 11:01:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

SHEILA: As we all used to say in grade school: "Same to you, but more of it." Merry Christmas, MOB! XXOOX! G

PAM AIRES: I am in the Land Of Hootyhoo, Pam. Here in Turlock where it "all went down" back in the days of Gomer Pyle. I have heard so many Hootyhoos, I can't even tell you. Merry Christmas and: Hootyhoo!

 
At Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 12:40:00 PM PST , Blogger Anissa said...

So are the fishies happy with their new water? Snap a few shots of them too...please. :)

I think I'm loving the new picturer as much as you.

Happy Everything, G!

 
At Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 2:39:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

Har! Or maybe just Arrrrr, Matey!

You truly pun on the grandest of SCALES. Hope my Floundering attempts aren't giving you a Haddock. ^_^ When are you gonna post the next Grouper two of piccys?

 
At Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 9:19:00 PM PST , Blogger Claire said...

Merry Christmas Gawpo!
xoxo

 
At Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 10:23:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

ANISSA: Yes, yes. Happy are they. And pics of they happy eyes to come.

Merry Christmas!

CANDACIA: Ha!!!! You win! You WIN!!! Oh, goodness. Those were great. Brilliant!!!!

Oh, CLAIRE: I am beneath you. In Turlock, that is. Hello. And......

MERRY CHRISTMAS, CLAIREIE!!!!

 
At Sunday, December 23, 2007 at 10:43:00 PM PST , Blogger Bazza & Wifey said...

I bet you got quite excited when you developed these in your little dark room didn't you?
MERRY CHRISTMAS GAWPO.

 
At Friday, December 28, 2007 at 3:17:00 PM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

BAZZA: Yes, but it got weird when I spilled some developer on my 1 year old niece's shirt and she grew breasts. I haven't heard the last of it from her mother.

 
At Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 12:29:00 PM PST , Blogger wyo said...

Aha! Fresh saltwater ... now it all makes sense! Love the photos, too. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

 
At Monday, December 31, 2007 at 10:45:00 AM PST , Blogger Gawpo said...

WYO (from MING dynasty?): I thought you might like that one. As for the holidays, the beat goes on. Happy New Year!

 
At Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at 8:12:00 PM PST , Blogger Candace said...

I miss Gawpo. Where could he be? That pesky work place again?

 

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