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Corona Del Mar in February

If you're a regular follower of my blog, Twitter and Facebook, you may be wondering if I fell off the face of the earth. Not quite, but I do feel a little like I'm coming back from the dead after a week-long bout of the flu. The worst part was it hit its peak on my birthday. I don't often get sick, but my body chose to shut down its immune system on my birthday...awesome.

Corona Del Mar, CA

Anyway, I've had some pictures in my backlog from the week before I got sick. They cover 2 days back-to-back both at the same beach: Corona Del Mar.

The first day was on Saturday, February 19th. It was rainy all day and the clouds didn't look promising for a good sunset, but I really felt like getting out there. Plus, I love being at the beach in the rain.

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

The rain had let up for most of the evening, but the clouds held fast. Instead of packing it in, I decided to use the blue tones and cloudy skies to create a really dark, dramatic mood with these interesting rock formations. I under-exposed most of these rainy-day pictures to help with the drama. I'm actually quite pleased with the overall mood. Feels like something from a fantasy novel.

While I was out there, I had to take shelter under a cliff when the rain flared up. I was lucky enough to have some company with another photographer by the name of Ryan. We stayed dry and talked photography until the rain let up. Really great guy. Nothing like some inclement weather to get an interesting conversation going with a stranger.

Corona Del Mar, CA

A waterfall formed off the cliff behind me as the rain came pounding down. It wasn't a real gorgeous falls, but I thought it was interesting enough to warrant a shot. A waterfall onto the beach isn't too common, after all.

Corona Del Mar Waterfall

The weather cleared out the next day, so I decided to head back to the same exact spot. I knew the light and clouds would be different enough to create some drastically different shots despite the same subject matter. Check out how much a little bit of warm light changed the mood of these shots.

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

Corona Del Mar, CA

There you have 'em. Thanks for stopping by!

Some New Seascapes

Ah, you gotta love winter in Southern California. The weather isn't bad enough to be a hassle, but there's just enough of it to bring some color to our sunsets.

Over the past couples weeks, I've been able to get down to the beach several times to get shots at sunset. This post covers just 2 of those outings (with 2 more days coming in another post soon!). The first set here is from Laguna Beach down below the Montage Resort and are actually my results from the field shoot for the recent winter 2011 session of my Landscape Photography Class. The clouds were fantastic and lit up a blood red as the sun dropped below the horizon. It was gorgeous.

In this first picture, I wanted to capture all the sea life in this tide pool along with the perfect reflection of clouds off the water in the background. I couldn't believe how many sea urchins were in this pool. I had to get my camera uncomfortably low for this shot, but it was worth it.

Laguna Beach Sunset

I then moved over to the sand to get the movement of the water with, again, the reflections of the clouds off the ocean surface in the background. I couldn't decide which of the two verticals I liked better, so I thought I'd post them both. They have a different enough feel to warrant two pictures, I think.

Laguna Beach Sunset

Laguna Beach Sunset

Laguna Beach Sunset

Once the clouds flared up red, I moved back to the rocks and tide pools.

Laguna Beach Sunset

The second day was at Crystal Cove State Park. The sunset wasn't as vivid as I normally like, so I didn't come home with a ton of pictures I loved. Again, I couldn't decide which of the following two pictures I liked better, so here's both.

Crystal Cove State Park Sunset

Crystal Cove State Park Sunset

There you have it. More from Corona Del Mar coming soon!

From the Archives

I was browsing through my archives in search of some pictures for an upcoming Tips & How-To post when I stumbled upon the following image. I posted several others from the same day back in September 2010, but this one slipped through. I opted to post some variations on it back then, but on looking through them tonight, I think this is one of the best from that sunset. Funny how something can look better to you with time...

Crystal Cove State Park