Sunny, Warm Southern California has been acting awfully of late. Seems to be confusing itself with Cloudy, Cold Northern California. We planned this wonderful beach shoot for what should have been a semi-warm-semi-cool late afternoon. It turned out to be windy and cold (and windy). Kiddoes didn't like it. And no one was going even near the water. So a beach aspect of the shoot was abandoned a bit, but we still had fun (I did at least) and we got some great shots. This was my first time on the Santa Monica pier in somewhere in the vicinity of a decade. Holy Moly are there a lot of tourists!! With camera! Expensive cameras! Someone was even doing this professional looking documentary with a Nikon D3S and a 70-200 (no clue why he wasn't using Canon. Who shoots pro video on a Nikon?). Note to newbies with fancy cameras. Keep your lens cap in your pocket, not on your lens. Note #2 just because the store says you need a $20 filter on your $90 lens, don't listen to them.
All in all a great, fun, windy and cold time was had by all. (And shooting birds in flight with a 24mm 1.4 is an exercise in futility.)
After having a talk with the big boss about the recent weather, he seems to have fixed things up. It seems it was all just a big misunderestimation.