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Daryl R. Lucarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/25/2004
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Places to shoot around Lompoc


Over the easter weekend I am going to visit a relative now in the AIR FORCE in Lompoc, in central California....anyone been there or know of good places to "shoot" close by... thanks


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3/28/2007 4:44:30 PM

 
W.   
Hi Daryl,

Just eye-balled Lompoc with Google Earth, and although 'Vandenberg Village' is nearby, I couldn't detect an airstrip...?
Anyway, it looks like YOU are going to be able to tell US where to go to shoot what in Lompoc, after the Easter weekend, doesn't it?

But Lompoc seems about a 2 hours drive from Venice Beach... You might run into Pammie Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Christina Aguilera, or Charlize Theron! Who knows?

Anyway, have fun!


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3/28/2007 5:41:10 PM

 
W.   
OOPS!
Just found Vandenberg AFB...


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3/28/2007 6:06:42 PM

 
Bob Fately   Daryl, with due respect to W, Venice Beach is some 90+ miles from Lompoc, which can ranslate into a 2+ hour drive down here is southern California. Kind of like visiting Philadephia and going to take photos in New York City.

I drive through that area on occassion, but haven't got any specific thoughts on particularly photgenic sites. There is an interesting little town called Solvang that was settled 100 years ago by Danish folk, and that retains a lot of Danish flavor in both architecture and food. It's gotten a bit "touristy" but beyond that the potential nature shots of the beachfront or around Lake Cachuma (not sure of spelling) might be worth investigating.


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3/29/2007 6:58:30 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Daryl,
Bob is right Solvang is worth visiting, you will ride through rolling hills through what seems almost nothing, then you are dropped into ths quaint village of cabble stone streets and Dutch shops.
Very picturesque.
But if it were me and it is now and then, I would blow off Venice (though closer) and TAKE the 3 hour ride (witch is very pretty) to
Monterey CA.
you just can't beat it for a day with the Camera.
Cannery Row, the history, the Food, the Aquarium and yes still Loads of Bikini Babes.

But if you have never Photographed in the Big Sur/Carmel area, REALLY don't pass it up, you are so close!
the only thing better then the drive are those early morning or evening shoots- I sware you get the most beautiful natural golden hues there.
I wish I could post some but I did those ALL on film.
Bob, do you have any?
well, have fun and post,
Debby
Try this web site as well:

http://www.monterey.com/mc2/mc2.html


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3/29/2007 7:29:53 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  just talking to my daughter, who was stationed at the Persidio for some time.
and she said "Military Boys" "Mom, send 'um to Venice or Pismo for the Babes."
lol.
So I thought I would pass on her and her husbands opinion.
Sorry, I think camera, forgetting young guys OUT!
lol! "W"s right.


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3/29/2007 7:35:19 AM

 
Daryl R. Lucarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/25/2004
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  Thanks for all your responses....I did a little research after wordk and there is some interesting places just north of Lompoc...Pismo Beach, Avila, and maybe there will have been enough rain to check out some hills and wildflowers..... If I get any good shots I will try to upload to this line of Q's so you can see....that is a big maybe though..


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3/29/2007 7:48:48 AM

 
Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Well Daryl, Monterey isn't what it used to be. The Presidio is mostly closed to visitors who aren't on official business as is the Naval Postgrad school here. Downtown Monterey is partly closed due to rennovations on Alvarado St. that had a fire a couple of months ago (Monterey-style urban renewal). Even 1/2 of Cannery Row is torn up with construction from the Aquarium and new Mariott Hotel they're building.

The bikini babes, if there ever were any, (over the years, I haven't noticed any other than a few elderly tourists on Del Monte beach parked on the sand and waiting for the sun to come out. ) have moved to Santa Cruz and the whale watching tours haven't started yet. Monterey is about 385 miles north of Venice and about 95 miles south of San Francisco.

For photo ops, I'd choose San Francisco over Monterey and Lompoc, other than the WC Fields monument there. Vandenberg AFB is largely a missile launch test site these days.

Carmel is ok but mostly art galleries and tee shirt shops combined with expensive (really expensive and overrated restaurants). Moss Landing to the north, about 20 miles, has two good restaurants. Phil's Fish House and The Whole Enchilada on Highway 1 near Dolan Road.

Best place for fresh sea food in Monterey is a little place called Sea Harvest restaurant on Foam Street or the Fishwife restaurant on Sunset in Asilomar (Pacific Grove). Avoid the restaurants on Fisherman's Wharf. Bed and breakfast places in Pacific Grove are much better deals and nicer places to stay. PG is adjacent to Monterey on the peninsula.

Pismo and Avila state beaches are ok, but just beach communities. Wax your surfboard. The more spectacular coastal scenery is north of San Luis Obisbo between there and Big Sur, continuing north to Carmel Highlands on Highway 1, then again, north of Santa Cruz between there and San Francisco on Highway 1 as well.

The most spectacular view of the coastline, is about 400 feet up on a hill overlooking beaches to the north and Big Sur to the south. Point Sur Lighthouse. Call California Park Services on Garden Road in Monterey for tour info.
Bon voyage ;>)
Mark


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3/29/2007 10:51:57 AM

 
Bob Fately   You know, Daryl indicated he's going to be in Lompoc for the Easter weekend - and while SF and LA have great potential sites, it seems to me that even Monterey/Big Sur is a bit too far of a schlep for a day trip. Heck, Hearst Castle is closer - it's only an hour or so away.

So Daryl, perhaps you can tell us how long you'll actually be there for...


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3/29/2007 11:22:45 AM

 
Daryl R. Lucarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/25/2004
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  Thanks Bob..and everyone else.... It is only a three day weekend... and I do have to even be around the base for a meal and family chit chat too..... all of the suggestions were really great considering the input by me( or lack there of)... good insights thou on the contruction, etc etc for future trips up the coast if I get a chance.... I live San Clemente and try to get out for a weekend every month or two.... I think my range for the day from a Lompoc base will be limited to only as far north as Morro Bay and maybe Cambia at the farthest.... and only that far if Avila Beach and Pismo do not "feel" like they have something to offer.... thanks for all of your sharing and your time...sometimes just driving along those area's something will poop up as long as I have the mind open for exploring and adventuring and maybe finding a back road somewhere. .....


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3/29/2007 12:25:34 PM

 
W.   
"Kind of like visiting Philadephia and going to take photos in New York City."

Hey Bob, if Philly ain't got nuthin' on offer for ya, what choice is there than trekking to the big apple?

A.k.a.: something's gotta give!

Or, in more contemporary parlance: if Mohammed won't move to the mountain, the mountain will have to move to Mohammed, won't it?

Anyway, Daryl, I guess witnessing a launch is not on the cards, is it? Couldn't you reschedule this visit to coincide with one? Of course assuming you have BIIIG telephoto lenses . . . Now THAT could be a challenging photo 'assignment'.


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3/29/2007 2:14:55 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  I used to fly out to Lompoc every now and then with my job selling rocket motors. Lompoc has all the flower fields you could dream of. Fog in the am off the coasts, Pismo beach is great. Also, check out Jed's at Santa Rosa for steak and seafood to die for. Vandenberg takes up a good portion of the coastal area so you are either driving north or south. Pismo north, Santa Barbara south (which I also love) Drive out toward Vandenberg to see the flower fields, hopefully a good portion will be blooming. Also have the vinyards east of Lompoc that are great photo ops. Solvang is touristy but different and not far enough away not to drive there. They also have a good buffett at the casino east of Solvang. Have fun!


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3/29/2007 4:45:37 PM

 
KV Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/25/2005
  Sorry, its Santa Maria and Jocko's. Fabulous food


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3/29/2007 5:18:13 PM

 
Daryl R. Lucarelli
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/25/2004
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  Thanks Vicki... I will write down the number of the place in santa maria....there is also a place off the old highwasy between vandanburg and santa maria that is as good of a steak house that I have ever been...it is an old ranch house called something like the wagon wheel or something like that.... I will look for some of the wild flowers and once on the base I will try to drive around the coastal area as there is a lot of gravel roads on the base that I have seen...I just have to be careful not to go where I am not suppose to be....someone told me I can drive on the beach at pismo next to the dunes..not actually in the dunes becasue my truck is not 4 wheel drive....plus pismo has a cimmon roll place that is the best I have ever had...hoping for good weather now to clinch the deal...later and thanks again to all.....I will check out your site(s) today from work when it is not to busy.... I have one at one to thru betterphoto....


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3/30/2007 7:26:57 AM

 
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