Making another outing for morning beach photography at Crystal Cove State Beach – although the waves weren’t as far out at low tide and missing the High Surf Warnings it was still a very dynamic day for the tide to turn from heading “out” to “in” just after the start of the day. This day’s track started where the last visit left off, at least subject/location wise. The walk along the same shoreline was taken, just a little longer before the camera fully came into play.
The negative low tide this week was missed by one day due to scheduling conflicts, but the low tide still was at 0.0″; which gives good views of the rock features along this beach. A slight rain brought in some more texture to the day, and unfortunately providing that oppressiveness to the sky preventing any hope of a good sunrise. The trick shot today was working to find a tide pool with still enough water to try to pick up ripples from a rain drop. There was success, but you as a viewer will have to find where. At least this outing was absent of any close encounters with equipment and waves (lesson learned for sure on that type of situation!)
Looking lower from the horizon and focusing on the action at shore level, the dynamics of the waves once again showed the power that water can have when you get tons of it hitting all at once. The fun trick is standing in the water without being knocked over, and working to take an in-focus shot. The tide pools gave up less this time around as only a couple of Starfish wanted to be seen above the tides, but they were nice enough to stand still for their close-ups.
Peppered into the mix of this gallery are continuations of a few long exposure wave shot trials which tend to more look like something you would see at the top of a mountain range on a cloudy cold morning – which is strange that you can have a shot taken at sea level look like one taken at thousands of feet above. The rest of the gallery is the result of opportunistic shooting of the waves crashing in. With wave action photography, the best you can hope for is to gauge the strength of the wave cycle through observation, and then click like crazy as the wave comes in and hope it crests in an interesting way. Hopefully those shot chosen for the gallery this time show some interesting perspectives of the power that the sea has.
Morning Rain at the Coast
A return to Crystal Cove intent on long wave exposures and smaller details - this time with a little rain
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