The Siren's Call
The Sorcerer's Tower
Raging Summer's End
Sleeping Croc And Teeth
End Of Day
Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
A blazing hot sunset on the California coast.
With the legal battles between wealthy owner vs public access that belongs to the people teetering, who knows when I'll be able to come back here. Thankfully I have a few good shots for memories and I hope this whole scuffle gets settled so I can go back.
Big Sur, CA
Santa Cruz, CA
I was cleaning up my archives when I came across this photo. It was probably one of the few times I've experienced such dramatic clouds while coastal shooting. I was chasing a break in the clouds during a heavy rain storm and lucked out on this day. I really liked the reflecting light on the sand and the spiked patterns it made. I also thought the clouds looked like little UFO's which was quite interesting.
I pushed the processing more towards surreal than real.
Over the last few occasions, I've been primarily focused on shooting more variety than just the usual "burn" light. While the burning sky is quite spectacular, it usually means the FG, MG is quite dull (unless you have reflective surfaces). The 30mins before the sun dips past the horizon, I feel have the most dynamic light on the FG and MG. Looking through my portfolio though, it was sorely lacking in shots from this time period. I made a much more conscious effort to photograph during this time period more.
It's very rare these days to be alone on a beach photographing rocks, waves and the sunset. When I arrived, there was a guy fishing off the coast. Not long after that a few Bay Area photogs showed up. We all greet cordially as most of my interactions with other photogs have always been pleasant. We space ourselves and always with respect make sure we aren't in each other's frame. As I begin hunting for my composition, almost every comp I was working screamed of shots I have seen before (e.g.: Ken Xu, Michael Shainblum, etc..). This sea stack has been a hot bed for Bay Area photogs for the past 2 years so it was hard for me to come up with something that wasn't a carbon copy. As the sun began to set and I know I only have minutes before and if any color was going to show, I had to pick a composition. I decided quickly that I needed to move farther away from the stack since all the recent shots I've seen have been closer. I decided to work the wave lines and include the photographers in frame. I think it adds scale to the scene. I can't say this is an original shot of the area, at least in all honesty, I can't recall one recently.
You may have heard a bit news regarding Martin's beach access over the last few years regarding, one rich property owner building a gate on the main road to block beach access (which belongs to the public). Thankfully, this time, the law sided with the common folk and we are permitted to legally access the beach.
Out To Sea
Panther Beach, CA
Photographing coastal areas is never boring. Tides, weather and rain run offs all change the landscape constantly. I was fortunate with this photo, that rain run offs carved out a river right through the arch way and into the sea. So here lies the demarcation of fresh meets salt water:).
4 Mile Beach, CA
Submerged by the on coming tide, I was mesmerized by the glow of the setting sun on the marine layer. I was told by Jeff Lewis #escaype that there would be high clouds burning. As the sun set, I had picked a composition around the said high clouds. Just as I turned to the side I saw this bright burning ball light up the marine layer. I have been told it is quite a rare occurrence. The furious burn along with the crashing fury of the waves.
Panther Beach, CA
The Bay Area had a dry spell of nice sunsets due to blue bird skies. On this particular evening, the sky would set a ablaze to end the horrible streak (which started a new one after :).
Panther State Beach
The stepped rocks reminds me of a Colosseum and the attendees (or just me and Marc Cacho) are watching nature's light show. Great tickets for a cheap low price , best show in town :).
The Event Horizon
Another masterful burn prediction from legendary weatherman Jeff Lewis. Actually what he said was, "it's going to be a very short burn". Short it was, as it lasted only a few minutes but did it every blow up the sky for me. It was difficult to get a steady shot as it was high tide and I had no rock foreground so I had to stand in stand and get pounded by waist high waves. I had to time to click the shutter with the least amount of vibration caused by the tide flowing out. I usually like the lines produced by outgoing tide water than incoming. Personal taste is all. Since its high tide, the volume of water pulling out and flowing in was tremendous and I had to make sure I was well planted or i'd topple over. I went for a darker style processing to really accentuate the color.
This was taken minutes before "The Event Horizon" photo. Before the light exploded for that photo, it got very dark as the sun set and only faint gaps in the clouds allowed light through. I caught this nice reflection in the sand and obviously didn't plan on the sun burst turning out this way, but a nice bonus. I processed this for a darker mood.
“My soul is full of longing
for the secret of the sea,
and the heart of the great ocean
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow