The Deer at Cambria Pines Lodge

by Harlan, March 8, 2014

I’ll take a break from portraiture for a post — at the same time I’m taking a break from some of the other things in my life. I’m on vacation — well, a vacation that still involves some occasional work, but I’m not letting that stop me from enjoying Cambria, California.

Today I introduced myself to the gardens and trails at Cambria Pines Lodge, a nice destination within walking distance to the cute but touristy downtown of Cambria, California. The winter in New Jersey has been troublesome this year, and I’ve welcomed my fortunate flexibility to get out of the state in favor of the west coast.

After spending an hour or so in the lodge’s gardens, I ventured on the trail behind the cabins. Along the way, I encountered a fairly large family of deer. They were not frightened, despite the young girl calling to them from a nearby balcony. They ignored her, and me with my camera, as they groomed each other, chomped on some vegetation, and wandered around.

I didn’t bring my best equipment on this trip out west, but I was still able to get some decent results using my entry-level 70mm to 300mm zoom lens. The picture gets quite soft at 300mm, and going back to this lens after using the fantastic Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS can be disappointing. Nevertheless, these photographs of the deer make me happy every time I look at them.

At first, I planned to share only the few photographs of the friendly deer, but I do like some of the other photographs I’ve captured from Cambria thus far. So here they are.

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