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Miscellaneous Beach Photos

Sunset at Thousand Steps Beach. Laguna Beach, CA

Despite my perfectly organized workflow, my generally good work ethic and my ability to make my own schedule, even I get backed up sometimes when it comes to sorting through photos.

As you may already know, I don't do any time-consuming post-production work to my photos - no Photoshop or HDR, of course. In fact, it takes me all of 10-15 seconds to adjust every photo to a finalized product. But when you throw in the tedious tasks of sorting through my photos, rating them, keywording and cleaning the dust off them, it can take awhile to get through a hundred shots.

But I finally cracked the whip on myself to get through my backlog of photos. As a result, I found some shots that I never previously shared on my blog. So, here are 6 photos taken from 3 different trips to 2 different beaches. It's a photographic pot-luck borne from laziness! Enjoy!

Sunset at Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Cloudy Sunset at Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Sunset at Thousand Steps Beach. Laguna Beach, CA

Sunset at Thousand Steps Beach. Laguna Beach, CA

February Sunset in Crystal Cove

Sunset in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

For the field practical of my most recent winter session of my Landscape Photography Class in Irvine, I took the class out to Crystal Cove State Park to apply what we'd learned. We lucked out with a beautiful, cloudy sunset that served up some rich colors. It was also low-tide, so the rocks and reflections were out in full force.

In between helping the students, I got a few shots of my own...

Sunset in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Sunset in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Sunset in Crystal Cove State Park, CA

The next session of my Landscape Photography Class is now open for enrollment. Class starts May 24th and the field practical is June 7. More info here.

Traveling Bubbles at Crystal Cove

Upon looking over my pictures from 2011, I realized that it had been far too long since I'd gone down to the beach to get some landscapes. So, on January 5th, I packed up my gear and headed out to one of my favorite local spots, Crystal Cove State Park.

Traveling Bubbles in Crystal Cove State Park

I wouldn't describe the sunset as phenomenal that night, but it was decent enough. Nothing was really blowing me away compositionally, so decided to think outside the box and try something new.

So with a slow shutter speed (3.2 seconds), I photographed the motion of the bubbles left by the waves as they traveled back out to sea. I've photographed these types of bubbles before, but I'd never really explored their motion across the wet sand and I'd never made it the main focus of a picture. Turned out pretty good, I think. And it was fun letting the bubbles, in a sense, paint the picture. Every frame was a surprise to see what path they took. My favorite from the night is displayed above, and here's another more traditional composition from earlier in the sunset:

Rocks and Waves at Crystal Cove State Park, CA