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New Seminar in Irvine this Summer

I'm happy to announce a brand new seminar I'll be offering in Irvine on June 5, 2012! It's a single-evening class all about composition for landscape photography. And it's only $39!

Composition for Dramatic Landscapes

Composition for Dramatic Landscapes

Discover Nick Carver's secrets for creating dramatic landscape compositions so you, too, can make real works of art out of the landscape. From composition fundamentals to advanced tips, this class will open your eyes to what makes a composition unforgettable.

Get more information here

Only 25 total seats available!

Gallery Display in Laguna Beach

Nick Carver: Featured Artist at Artist Eye Laguna Gallery for Feb 2012

My framed fine art pieces are now on display in the window of Artist Eye Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA! As the Featured Artist for February, my work will stay in the window throughout the month. If you're in the area, go check it out on the corner of PCH and Cress St! And please join me for the Artist Reception on February 11th from 6:00-9:00. Details here.

Nick Carver: Featured Artist at Artist Eye Laguna Gallery for Feb 2012

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