Part of my job at the company where I work entails going down to San Diego every four months or so to meet potential candidates for our engineering department. Being a graduate of UC San Diego, this is a bit bittersweet. It’s great going back and seeing old friends, visiting my favorite Italian coffee shop looking out on the Pacific Ocean at sunset, but my visits are always far too brief.
Fortunately this time around the budget flight schedules worked in my favor, and I’m going to have a bit of daytime free time to spend in La Jolla. As such, I’m going to be lugging my full photo kit down with me. Mainly I’m going to be working with my Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS zoom lens that I bought last week, testing out it’s capabilities and hopefully getting some good wildlife shots (probably mainly seals and sea lions). Hopefully I’ll be able to work in some seascape shots with my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, which I’m finally starting to get a good feel for. I’m *praying* for a good sunset, which are usually in abundant supply in San Diego.
In other news, I’m still hunting for a good starter pro tripod and ball head for under $300. With a price point that low there’s bound to be some compromises, and I haven’t been especially impressed with what I’ve seen so far. Manfrotto and Gitzo have some interesting options, but I’m still trying decide whether I want to put more money into the tripod or ballhead. Hopefully I’ll have something before spring hits and I’ll really be pining for a better setup than what I have right now. It’s easy to use and was a steal for $30, but leaves me wanting more when I really need something stable.