Twice a year, the Sun sets directly down the middle of the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, CA. To say it is a madhouse with photographers jammed between the pylons is putting it lightly. For this shot, my son and I arrived early and were the first ones there. I’m glad because due to the massive crowd at sunset getting positioning for your best compisition is as difficult as any shot in San Diego.
With a sunset like this everyone will be forced to stop and stare. Many took the train. Several sat in cars. One lucky guy rode his bike, and a photographer watched the sky all afternoon from his home just waiting for what he knew was about to be some magic. The sunset we all enjoyed did not disappoint. A shot from the archives taken back in December 2015.
The potholes at Hospitals in La Jolla doing their thing. Always a somewhat difficult and dangerous shot at this tide since it is one of the most click surfaces you could ever stand on. Add rushing water and it can easily be a recipe for disaster. The textures are oh so worth it though.
One of the most breathtaking city views in the world, downtown San Diego from Lucinda Street will make your heart melt for this beautiful city. The view is wide open and on a clear day is a vision you'll never forget. Taken in the picturesque fall with a nice sunset glow off the mirrored skyline.
Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is often a wonderful subject for a photographer. There are so many varying rock formations and interesting vantage points to shoot from. On this day, Sunset Cliffs Boulevard was busy with onlookers for this amazing winter sunset. In the several minutes it took to capture this long exposure shot I was almost photo bombed by a drone and a crazy man with headphones on "tight-rope walking" the six inch concrete ledge in front of me. The scenery on the cliffs can be interesting as well.
How can you make an unbelievably stunning clifftop view better? Add blossoming aloe! The famed aloe blossoms above the Scripps Pier in La Jolla, CA are always a nice visual treat and since their flowers stick around a while, you can get a good shot of them without scratching and clawing through crowds. Getting a nice sunset in the shot can sometimes be a little trickier and requires patience, luck and a keen watchful eye.
So much hope, but a land soon forgotten. Bombay Beach now lies in ruin after a short heyday in the 60s that saw the Salton Sea as the next Las Vegas. Not much is left of the place, even the ruins are ruined, along with the hopes and dreams of many who still live here amidst the smell of rotten fish and pesky fly population.
My favorite rock in San Diego. Isolated and separate from the more popular area just to the north, it stands like a beacon of strength and hope for enduring what nature has in store. Nothing is forever, but I sure do enjoy the times I've spent here.
One thing you learn quickly as a seascape photographer is that green mossy stuff on the reef is slippery! I've been very lucky over the years, but getting struck by waves when standing on this stuff is no joke! This shot was taken right before I shot another long exposure of the same scene with a 10-stop neutral density filter, taking full advantage of such a beautiful sky.
After three years of driving out to Point Loma after every decent winter storm looking for some snow in the mountains and the disappointment that would always await, the elements finally came together yesterday. The original photo is 52" X 16" It is pretty awesome to live in a city that features something for fans of pretty much every season and environment.
Don't let that smooth silky surface fool you. The ocean is always moving and always powerful. Keeping one eye on my shot and the other one on my four year-old is always challenging as a photographer in a situation like this. The first thing I do, always, before setting up is assess the situation for him. To know all dangers is priority. If you get a shot, great, if your camera gets swept to sea, you can replace it, but your precious child is irreplaceable. I'm glad we've moved into the part of his life where he's more comfortable around water and can keep his head above the surface, but that eye will still remain on him at all times.
When I was working at a marketing agency in North County San Diego traffic on the 5 Freeway could at times lead me to take alternate routes home, and what a route it is! County Highway S21 just doesn't sound like it fits with the absolutely stunning views it provides. This is the overlook above North Torrey Pines beach as your leave Del Mar and enter La Jolla. Growing up here, I would surf this spot a lot and have a lot of great memories at this beach, but one that burns in to your mind is this stunning view. What a great place to live!
A nice perspective on a very interesting seascape in Bandon, Oregon. The viewer has the added advantage of being able to take this site in without the horrible smell that festers in this cave. Urine and feces, not the combination that makes you want to hangout in here for too long.
Beautiful, cold and dramatic. The Oregon coast is something else! A photographer's dream. I was practically frozen stiff trying to get this shot. Those moving clouds with the high wind provided lovely streaks with the long exposure, but my camera almost blew over and my fingers nearly fell off from the cold.
Moody, dark and lonely. This is Tahkenitch Lake, just north of Reedsport, Oregon. In the cold month of April, these adjectives are right on the mark. If this image were all you had to go by, you surely wouldn't recognize it in the summer. Lots of rich native history here. The story of Tahkenitch Lake begins over 8,000 + years ago. As one of the most studied archaeological sites on the Central Oregon coast, this lake tells a very fascinating story of human forest management. Native American Indian villages and activity site artifacts, date back over 8,000 years. These natives actively used fire around the lake and surrounding area as a management tool. It is thought this type of forest management was used to keep the areas around the lake open and grass-covered to promote deer and elk grazing, within easy access to their encampments along the shore.