The Overlook, Revisited

Where Madison Avenue ends, an expansive view begins—across Mission Valley below to the Pacific Ocean on the horizon. In the Featured Image, left of center, on the coastal area before the water, some of the rides at Sea World are visible.

The 95-percent crop won’t win awards for clarity; the task is beyond Leica Q2‘s reach. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/11, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, 28mm; 10:21 a.m. PST, Dec. 11, 2021. Location: San Diego Community of University Heights.

The companion photo applies less dehazing, which diminishes visibility of distant objects but preserves finer detail and dynamic range. The composition removes obstruction of a dead palm tree. Vitals: f/16, ISO 100, 1/40 sec, 28mm; 10:21 a.m.

Six days earlier, to the right of the overlook, I captured the hugging, inflatable snow couple. In April 2017, I used Fujifilm X100F to shoot the same landscape from the same location but to the left of the palm tree, which still lived.