Crescent City, Califiornia

I cut my Oregon trip short by one day because the rain had started again (and was forecast for the evening and next day too). Almost as soon as I crossed back into California, the rain stopped and the sun came out. I stopped in Crescent City, the most northerly town on the CA coast, to snap the picture below with the new Sony 100-400 mm lens. Click the image for a full screen version. This lens is sharp!

Burney Falls

On my way up to Oregon, I decided to break up the journey by stopping at Burney Falls in northern California. The trouble is, I hadn’t been able to find any information about the best time of day (morning? afternoon?) to photograph it. Well, as I discovered, the falls face virtually due east, and so evening (when I was there) is not the best time as (1) the falls are in shadow and (2) the sky showing above the top of the falls is so bright it is mostly burnt out.

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Unfortunately, early morning isn’t much good either. This is because the falls are in quite a deep gorge (see where I took the above photo from) and so the falls are in shadow first thing in the morning too. My guess is that mid morning (say 10-11am) would be the best, as the sun would be high enough to light the inside of the gorge. I wouldn’t know, as I had to leave early, so I just took these two snaps with the iPhone.

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The young woman below was having some photos taken for her portfolio (so one of the photographer’s assistants told me). I’m not sure exactly who she was supposed to be, but it was different. I hope the pro shots work out for her.

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SS Red Oak Victory Ship

The SS Red Oak Victory is one of the last surviving World War II "Victory ships" which were built to carry supplies and troops. She is docked at Richmond, California, where she now serves as a museum ship. I took the tour. I recommend it - very interesting.

Although I took many pictures of the ship, I think the surrounding area (the former Kaiser Richmond ship yard, where the SS Red Oak was built) produced more interesting shots. The black and white conversion seemed to fit the mood of the place.