There were occasional breaks of weak sunlight, and overall it was great to breathe in some fresh sea air. I fired off some shots just for the heck of it, and actually got a couple that I like. This one, I like more and more each time I come back to it:
I'm going to want to go back and do more shots like this one.
The marine layer (sea mist or fog, to non-San Diegans) rolled in around 5pm, so sunset was a complete bust. Intrepid as ever, I had yummy Thai food for dinner (oh, the joys of the big city!) and then just drove around the neighborhood hills looking for a good view of the city lights. I have no blessed idea where I ended up, and finding my way back out again was a challenge. But I did find a spot, looking over a six-foot chain link fence (which someone had bent down at the top - almost as if to make room for a lens - and no, it wasn't me) at the edge of a drop-off. I hiked up the tripod as far as it would go, which of course meant I couldn't get anywhere near the viewfinder...
"They say the neon lights are bright..."
This was an exercise in trial and error. Mostly error. But I had fun, and I guess that's the main thing. I'd like to do more night shoots.