Small sky country

I departed on foot about at about 7:30 and headed towards the ocean and the nearby park. My mission: shoot some sky photos. I started with the 50mm f/1.8. It’s my only prime lens and I always forget how handy it is. It’s small, light, and less limiting than I remember. My basic plan was to wander around a bit and wait to see if the sky was going to do the spectacular lighting thing it did last night when I was sitting in a restaurant without my camera. I also had the 70-200 f/4L, Sigma 17-35 f2.8-3.5, and a tripod with me.

I walked out towards the ocean for a bit with the 50mm. I went halfway down the asphalt ramp to the beach, shot a couple photos, and then went back up to walk along the cliff. I was looking for a place with good sky views and killing time until sunset. I walked along the cliff for a ways, stopping to shoot photos of the sky occasionally and switching between the three lenses to get the framing I wanted — it’s tricky to move closer or further away from cloud formations. I have a feeling the 10D is going to be have a bigger sensor dust problem than the D30; I barely ever changed lenses on the D30 and even less frequently were those lens changes in the field.

It was a nice sunset but not what I was hoping for — I guess the lower clouds were the wrong altitude because the foreground clouds didn’t light up and instead mostly blocked what was likely a spectacular view of the higher clouds that were lit up in reds and oranges and yellows. I shot a few through the hole in the clouds but they were not the ‘big sky’ wide-angle look-at-those-clouds photographs I was hoping for.

After a couple hours after it became clear the clouds would not be lighting up I started home with an eye still on the sky.

Addendum: I was walking back in the nearly-dark post-sunset along the path through the neighborhood between my apartment complex and the park I walked to. Two boys (maybe seven or eight) were riding scooters along the same sidewalk. One of them was exlaiming about a skunk, which was running along the drainage ditch just inside the fence. The little boy asked as he passed: “There’s a skunk! (points). Aren’t you going to take a picture of him??”. I replied: “Sorry, it’s too dark.” He said: “oh. and then resumed scooting along exclaiming about the skunk”.