The Dogs of Summer

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/5.6, 1/480 sec, ISO200)

One more day before we return to LA and fly back home. So most likely the last sunset by the sea for a year or even longer.

When I look at the beach houses I always think how it would be to live here. Here where you can watch the sun go down every single day. But if you have the money to afford a such a beach house you are either born rich or you have to work a lot. In the second scenario you most likely miss a lot of sunsets too.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/4, 1/500 sec, ISO250)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/4, 1/320 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2, 1/2500 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2, 1/1400 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2.8, 1/550 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2.8, 1/2000 sec, ISO200)

But you don’t have to live in a front row beach house to enjoy the sunset here. The people walking their dogs at the beach didn’t look like millionaires. There is a big complex with apartments close to the beach and even if you just life somewhere in the small town of Carpinteria it is just a five minutes drive to the beach.

If I would live here I would come here every single day to watch the sun go down. But would I really do that? I have a very nice forest about five minutes walk from my house and  I hardly take a walk there. When I lived in Vienna I imagined that I would have a walk in nature every single day but now that’s not the case. I guess it is the same story here. According to Wikipedia Carpinteria has a population of 14.000 but there are less than 100 people on the beach tonight. And that number includes tourists like us.

That’s why we love this place. Because you get the feeling that the beach is yours. But that’s only because a lot of the locals waste their free time with stupid things like TV or computer games instead of watching the sunset on the beach. I should add that the beautiful forest close to my home isn’t exactly crowded too.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/4, 1/750 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO500)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/5.6, 1/480 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2, 1/450 sec, ISO200)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2, 1/640 sec, ISO200)

But some locals seems to enjoy the beach. The surfers, the kids not afraid to play in the cold water and the lonely fisher in the image above. And all the people that walk their dogs here.

As always with sunsets at the sea the sky is most beautiful right after the sun has disappeared behind the horizon. Before that the sun is still to strong and a dominant light source that makes exposure tricky and masks the more subtle colours of the sky.

It’s always amazing to watch the sun sink into the sea. Beautiful and sad at the same time. And than this beautiful sky with all those orange and pink hues. But like all the true beauty in life it is short lived. A couple of minutes later all the colours are gone.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2, 1/320 sec, ISO250)
FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2, 1/320 sec, ISO250)

I just realised that every single image of this blog post was taken with the fantastic XF 90/2 WR. Who would have thought that this is such a versatile lens. I just love the results it gives

The last shot is from the parking lot looking back to the beach, Palm trees and the orange evening sky. The day after tomorrow we will go back to LA for three more days of endless summer in California before we finally fly back home. I think it’s understandable that we got a little sentimental.

FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (90mm, f/2, 1/320 sec, ISO640)