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Back to Thousand Steps Yet Again

I returned yet again to Thousand Steps beach in Laguna last night. This time, it was with a private student for an on-location lesson. We went to the cave that I mentioned in my previous post and made our way through. The tide was low, but still higher than last time, which made getting through quite a bit more difficult. Compounded with the sharp, slippery rocks and the darkness later on, we had a hell of a time getting there.

The shot below is the one I really wanted to get last time, but wasn't able to pull it off. This time went a little better. I learned from my previous experience, knew where to put myself and figured out how to get decent exposure in both the foreground and background.

Thousand Steps Cave

I wanted to include a bit of the ceiling of the cave off to the right of the frame in order to show that I was in a cave and not just on the open shore. The reflections in the tide pools helped bring some light to the dark foreground and some split NDs allowed me to get the sky in range for the exposure. Lucky for me, the moon drifted in to the perfect spot just in time.

I also snapped a silhouette of my student getting her pictures of the sunset. Extra points to her for not giving up despite the extraordinarily tough trek into the cave.

Thousand Steps Cave

No doubt I'll be returning several times to come in order to master this location. It's one of the toughest I've shot in for awhile!

Cave Exploration

I went down to Thousand Steps in Laguna Beach again this past Saturday to check out a really awesome cave that you can only get into at low tide. I'd seen it from the outside before, but had never been through it. Luckily the tide was low enough to permit entrance this time and, I must say, it was really awesome. Nothing like your typical So Cal scenery. The only photo I came home with was the following mediocre shot from outside the cave. Words won't do this place justice, so I intend to return several times in the future to better document it.

Laguna Beach

Thousand Steps Sunset

Thousand Steps in Laguna Beach

The clouds looked promising last Friday, so I decided to get out to the beach for some sunset pictures. I'm a little bit burned out on Crystal Cove and my other usual spots, so I went to Thousand Steps to see what I could get. I hadn't been to this beach in awhile, but I really do love it there. The single staircase of 223 stairs makes it more difficult to access than the usual Laguna beaches, which sucks for carrying 30+ lbs of camera gear (mostly on the way back to the car) but it's great for keeping the crowds away.

The sunset was, well...I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Thousand Steps in Laguna Beach

Thousand Steps in Laguna Beach

There's a weird illusion going on with this last picture where the horizon looks crooked, but definitely isn't. Strange...