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Spring Break 2012 – San Diego, CA

Coronado Beach - San Diego, California

So last week we woke the kids up earlier than normal and surprised them with a Spring Break trip to sunny San Diego. (Thank you frequent flyer miles!) It was a much needed family trip and we had an absolute blast. We were total tourists and loved every minute of it.

When you are into photography like I am, going on a trip to a new place is particularly challenging.  First, what gear do I bring and second, how do I get unique photographs that thousands of others haven’t already taken? Well, you know what, I threw those worries out the window and went with fairly minimal gear; a digital point & shoot, my Bessa rangefinder with 21mm lens and an old Olympus 35RC rangefinder with a fixed 42mm lens. All of these cameras are small and light with the Bessa being the only serious camera in my bag. I also decided I didn’t care about taking unique pictures. This was a family trip and the point of this trip was to document our trip so that years from now we could look back and see what we did together as a family. 15 years from now, no one looking at these old images will really care what kind of artsy fartsy images I took. I shot our trip with joy and because I carried less gear, I traveled lighter and had more fun.

So…I downloaded the images last night and scanned through them. Looks like I got some great post card type material.  I think I got some good stuff that is, or will be, meaningful to our family. I also plan to drop off my film today for processing. Can’t wait to see that too.

Anyway, I gotta roll. Lot’s to do and catch up on today. I’ll be back with more soon.

Sunset @ Sunset Cliffs - San Diego, California

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  1. “I threw those worries out the window and carried along three separate cameras.” Classic… :) Only a photographer would consider that “minimal”. :)

    • Yeah it’s still a bit obsessive but when you consider that the old Oly RF is cheaper and about the same size as onw of those disposable cameras its not that crazy….at least that is what I tell myself.

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