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Algae and Rocks in Crystal Cove

Rocks in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

In this past summer session of my Landscape Photography Class in Irvine, I took my class down to Crystal Cove State Park for the field shoot. We lucked out with a super low tide at sunset, but the sunset itself wasn't anything to write home about. No clouds made for a lackluster sky - typical of July in SoCal.

But with the tide so low, we had access to tons of rocks that were absolutely blanketed in bright green algae, which made for great foreground subjects. My best results came from the light a few minutes after sunset. The purple tones in the sky at this time of day complemented the green algae well.

Rocks in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Rocks in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

And just a quick reminder that registration is open for the next session of my Landscape Photography Class, which starts October 6th. Info on that here.

 

A Couple New Pics

As I've mentioned recently, summer isn't exactly peak season for landscape photography here in So Cal. The beaches are packed and the hills are dead. But in my Landscape Photography Class in Irvine this May, we were lucky enough to get a pretty decent sky and empty beach for the field shoot.

The tide was very high that day and the sand was littered with seaweed and other debris, but in between helping students with their manual metering and filter use, I was able to get a few decent shots. I picked the two "cleanest" compositions to share with you here.

Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Crystal Cove State Park, CA

I'm really looking forward to fall. That's when the skies start to show some color again and the beaches clear out.

And Now for Something Different: Portraits

For those of you relatively new to my blog and/or website, you probably know me as a landscape photographer. Most of my posts here and the bulk of my portfolio is all nature stuff. But it may be news to you that I not only shot portraits professionally in a previous life, but I also currently coach dozens of private students on portraiture technique. I've photographed just about everything in my years as a photographer and although the majority of my energy is currently devoted to landscape photography (and always will be), I still enjoying taking pictures of people on occasion.

Portrait by Nick Carver

As you'll read in this previous post of my portraiture work, I'm part of a group called GroupShoot. It's based out of LA and consists of amateur and aspiring photographers and models who get together to take pictures - just for fun. We meet in cool locations, go with a theme and just photograph the crap out of each other for the day. It's open to all who are interested, so click the link above to get more information.

We had a shoot this weekend in Chatsworth at a park called "Stoney Point." It was hot, dry and tons of fun. I worked with 3 models for the day: Jessica Baus-Paget, Jeffrey Riemer and Akane Denise. They were all fantastic and I had a blasty photographing them. None of these pictures have received any air-brushing, touch-up, dodging or burning. With the exception of the black and white versions which were done in Aperture, all of these pictures are pretty much straight out of the camera.

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

These next two are my personal favorites from the entire day. The breeze came by at just the right time...

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

Portrait by Nick Carver

In the Orange County area and interested in learning how to take portraits? Check out my private lessons.

Models:
Jeffrey Riemer
Jessica Baus-Paget
Akane Denise