Put your headlamps on, keep your head up high, and light up the sky.
With my back up camera in hand, sporting the Sigma Art 20mm, I just started snapping photos away walking along the cliffs trying to get a different photo every step I take. These photos showed me that Landscape photos doesn't always have to be during the golden hour. The simplicity of the light fog off in the distance says a lot more than it looks.
I was at the tallest point of the small East Anacapa Island. The best part of it was just being able to turn 360 degrees and see nothing but the water vanishing into the light fog. I felt so alive, yet so peaceful at the same time. Until the sun hit and I had nowhere to find shade.
This photo was a result from a major rookie mistake! What had happened wassss...
This is Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island. With Anacapa being located in Channel Islands National Park twelve miles off the coast of Oxnard California, I had to make sure I did not forget a single thing. I did major pre-night cleaning, setting up, and putting everything away. I checked... I double checked... I triple checked... repeat... I'm ready.
Spent an hour on the boat with the foggy visibility becoming clearer by the minute. I unpacked everything at the campsite half a mile away from the boat dock, took a nap as I did not get much sleep the night before, and waited for sunset to come.
I was so excited for the golden hour! I hiked my way up to Inspiration Point for the first time to find a gorgeous scene of the Anacapa islands layering over each other, with the silhouette of each body of land getting lighter the further you look. The biggest island so faint, you can barely see it.
*Snap. Snap. Dance. Snap. Snap. Dance.*
That's basically how it went but I was by myself. Why not? The joy overfilled me that I just had to let it flow. It definitely tired me out though so it was that time to pack up and head back to camp.
The next morning, I woke myself up on such a terrible thought. The thought that after all the equipment cleaning, I forgot to put in my memo... Oh no......
I did just that. No memory card. No sunset photos. Safe to say was doing a whole other kind of dance that morning. Luckily though, I brought my back up camera. Yes, memory card inserted. I checked.... I double checked... I triple checked........
The most relaxing part of this trip was the fact that other than a few NPS maintenance rangers that I never even saw, I was by myself. There was supposed to be a family that camped on the island as well but no one turned up. Leaving me all by my lonesome! No complaints here. It was very calming and peaceful. The only downer was carrying all my equipment.
By no means did I pack light. I brought 5 gallons of water for cooking and drinking, all my camera equipment including 4 lenses (one of which was a 150-600mm,) Camping gear, and my Goal Zero Yeti 400 battery cell. I wasn't carrying all that on one trip from the campsite to the boat dock. It took me 3 trips!
This photo was taken above the boat dock on top of the 157 stairs. I wanted to capture part of the experience of this trip, including a simple thing like carrying a ton on your back going up these steps. I noticed through the viewfinder a large group of birds flying towards me realizing they were brown pelicans. These birds were flying to the western parts of Anacapa Island for nesting. They were taken off the endangered species list as recent as 2009. Brown Pelicans are truly the perfect example of what animal conservation can do for a species.
The loud goofy sounds of sea lions barking brought me to this overlook. Looking down by the water, near the large rock formation are a group of sea lions just chillin'. It's really tough to make them out but I believe they weren't what made the photo anyhow. The small structure off in the distance is the Anacapa Lighthouse. Without it being in the photo, I don't think I would bother sharing this picture!