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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

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.