Here is another image from our week in San Diego this past summer. Walking along the pier at night was so relaxing and peaceful. Maybe it had something to do with the warm yellow light that lit up the night sky. And while I have never owned a yacht, some of the boats in the harbor I could get used to!
PREPARING FOR COSTA RICA
I am preparing for a ten-day trip to Costa Rica with my father in early December, so I have been thinking a lot about my camera equipment, what to take, and how much storage I will need for images given we will likely do a lot of shooting. He also is doing the same and recently purchased a new zoom lens for his Canon DSLR. It was an upgrade to a lens he already owned, and due to the higher quality included more glass and weight. After shooting with it a bit, it is not clear whether the quality is noticeably different than his present lens. What is clear is that the weight of the camera and lens combined will not be fun to carry around. I am in the same boat with my Pentax K5II and three lenses. Overall the system performs very well (as you can see from images on this site), but for longer, international trips, I worry that carrying all this gear will get old fast.
A few days ago my father and I visited the local camera store and checked out the Sony NEX-6L with a 16-55 and a 55-210 zoom lens for about $1,000. For the money it is hard to beat this camera system. I would have bought it over my Pentax if it had been weather-sealed because I shoot in wet conditions a lot. But after a few days on the road in Costa Rica I may wish I had just purchased an umbrella to go with the camera. For anyone new to photography looking to spend about $1,000 total on a system, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better deal.
For now, I think we both will stick with our tried and true gear. But Santa shouldn’t be surprised to get a call once we get back!