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“New” Pictures from the Archives

I was going through a backlog of images and found a batch of pictures I realized had never been posted on my blog. They were taken in January at Crystal Cove State Park. I like 'em, so I thought I'd pull them out of the archives and post them up for you guys. Especially with the ugly weather of summer setting inĀ (ugly for photography, not sun-bathing), I figured it might be awhile before I have any new material for you.

These first shots are my favorite from that day. I went out into - literally IN to - a large tidepool and shot back towards the mainland where the beautiful warm light of the sunset was bathing the cliffs nicely. The reflections off the water were stunning. I liked how the scene looked more like a mountain landscape than it did a beach - almost like a serene lake with a sun-kissed mountain in the background.

I know, the following picture is a lot like the one up top. I couldn't decide which one to post over the other and I think they are different enough to have their own merits. I was really diggin' the textures and colors in the rocks above and below the water surface, so I worked with that in several of the shots.

The following picture, especially, really looked more like a mountain scene to me than a beach. It must be the rocks under the water's surface and the stick floating off to the left. But I think that's why I photographed the hell out of this area - I can get a little bored shooting out towards the ocean all the time (you guys outside California are probably shaking your heads in disgust at that comment). It was nice to get a unique view for a change.

Then I moved out to the beach to capture a more classic seascape with ocean, rock and sand. The sunset, as you can see, was gorgeous. Ah, how I miss the skies of winter and fall...

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Back to Torrey Pines

I went out to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve a couple of times last week to meet students for private photography lessons. The first day was gloomy and overcast, so I opted to take advantage of the diffused light for capturing the beautiful rocks beneath my feet. The second time out had some decent light, though. It was very high tide on both occasions - I thought we were going to get swept out to sea at one point the way the waves were almost making it to the cliffs!

Each time I was able to snap a few pictures myself while my student took their shots. Here's what I got...

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Laguna Beach Waves

It's been a little while since I've posted any new work - it's been mostly words lately - but I went out to Laguna Beach a couple weeks ago as part of my Landscape Photography Class held in Irvine and I was able to get a few shots. Not my most ground-breaking work in my opinion...but they are still decent enough to share.

On this first one, I couldn't decide which wave pattern I liked the best so I tried arranging them in a triptych instead and it came out as my favorite. Click the image above to see a bigger version.

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