San Simeon with Paul's Photo Print

Mark Comon of Paul's Photo put together a one-day (but ALL day) bus trip to shoot the elephant seals at Piedras Blancas and take a tour at Hearst Castle.  Long day but great photography.




We left Paul's Photo at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 11th, and got to Piedras Blancas at about 10:30. There were LOTS of seals on the beach:


The public viewing boardwalk is visible on the left.  It's well built and makes it easy to walk up and down a large expanse of beach for viewing and photography.  We stayed there until noon and then left for lunch at Sebastian's Store in San Simeon, where Mark had pre-ordered lunch for everyone.  Great lunch, great spot; the village of San Simeon was expanded greatly to support the construction of Hearst Castle.

After lunch we drove across the highway to the Hearst Castle visitor center, where we boarded our bus for the trip up the hill.  Our group of 49 people had a tour all to ourselves, with a guide who was photo-friendly.  We stayed at some venues longer than usual, didn't bother staying inside the guest house long, didn't bother to watch the movie at all, etc.  Using my D3 I was able to shoot at ISO 6400 inside, which made it possible to take photographs that were not possible before.


We had dinner at Andersen's Split Pea Soup restaurant in Buellton on the way home, finally arriving back at the shop at 10:15 p.m.  A very long day, but some very cool photography and some more great fun with the photo family.

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