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Wood’s Cove Waves

Sunset at Wood's Cove in Laguna Beach, CA

We've been getting some decent skies here in Southern California lately. As I've said before, the transitions between summer to fall and winter to spring typically serve up the best skies around these parts. I was lucky enough to have some spare time last Friday to head down to the beach and get some photos.

I decided to switch things up a bit and try a beach I'd never photographed before. That's always a gamble because, being unfamiliar with the area, it can be hard to judge how crowded the beach will be, where exactly the sun will set in relation to the foreground subjects and whether or not the angle I want will be possible.

But the good news is that I'm a student of my own teachings...and I like to teach the importance of scouting a location beforehand in order to get comfortable with it before committing to a sunset. This reduces unknowns and misjudgments when it comes time to get down to business. Having scouted this beach several days earlier, I was pretty confident where to point my camera once the sun worked its magic.

I played a lot with a slow shutter speed on the waves to catch different patterns. All in all, I took about 2 dozen shots of this same exact composition. Each had a slightly or drastically different shape and texture to the waves. I thought I'd share 3 of them with you here. The pictures aren't hugely different since they are the same composition, but I think the different look of the waves create very different moods in each shot. I still can't make up my mind as to which one I like best.

 Sunset at Wood's Cove in Laguna Beach, CA

Sunset at Wood's Cove in Laguna Beach, CA

Miscellaneous Beach Photos

Sunset at Thousand Steps Beach. Laguna Beach, CA

Despite my perfectly organized workflow, my generally good work ethic and my ability to make my own schedule, even I get backed up sometimes when it comes to sorting through photos.

As you may already know, I don't do any time-consuming post-production work to my photos - no Photoshop or HDR, of course. In fact, it takes me all of 10-15 seconds to adjust every photo to a finalized product. But when you throw in the tedious tasks of sorting through my photos, rating them, keywording and cleaning the dust off them, it can take awhile to get through a hundred shots.

But I finally cracked the whip on myself to get through my backlog of photos. As a result, I found some shots that I never previously shared on my blog. So, here are 6 photos taken from 3 different trips to 2 different beaches. It's a photographic pot-luck borne from laziness! Enjoy!

Sunset at Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Cloudy Sunset at Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Crystal Cove State Park, CA

Sunset at Thousand Steps Beach. Laguna Beach, CA

Sunset at Thousand Steps Beach. Laguna Beach, CA

How to Shoot in Manual Mode: New Date Added!

The response for my new How to Shoot in Manual Mode seminar at the Irvine Fine Arts Center on March 20 has been so great that we decided to schedule a second date! The waiting list grew so long for the March 20 class that we nearly had a full second class. As a result, I will be holding the class again 1 week later on March 27th to accommodate all of the people on the waiting list.

If you were on the waiting list for the March 20th class, you should be contacted by the Irvine Fine Arts Center within a couple days notifying you of the new March 27th date.

If you weren't on the March 20 waiting list, but are interested in attending the March 27 class, please see the enrollment information below.

How to Shoot in Full Manual

How to Shoot in Manual Mode

Learn how to take pictures with your DSLR camera in full manual mode. With the simple, tried-and-true method for manual metering discussed in this course, you'll never have to resort to guessing at your settings again.

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