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Creative Nature and Seascape Photography

_MG_4201-2 Cambria Waves, Cambria, CA

_MG_4202-2 Cambria Waves, Cambria, CA

Using a slow shutter speed, aka as “dragging the shutter,”  is a great way to shoot ocean waves and achieve a creative blur in nature and seascape photography.   There are many ways to shoot creative photography, and this is just one of them.  These images were shot early in the morning when I was shooting sunrise near the beautiful coastal town of Cambria on the Central Coast of California.  I focused on the rocks in the foreground.  Using a slow shutter speed, any movement will blur.   I like to use the lowest ISO possible.  On the Canon 5D,MII, it goes down to 50.   For these images, I used a tripod.   The aperture was at F14 and exposure at 1/6 sec.    Using a tripod is a must and a mirror lock up is very helpful to avoid camera shake.  It’s really fun because you never know exactly what the water will be like – sometimes silky, sometimes sharp and frozen.  Use different shutter speeds and see what you can come up with.  Living on the California Central Coast we have plenty of opportunity to shoot amazing nature and seascape photography with opportunities everywhere.

_MG_4144-2 Cambria Waves, Cambria,

This image  shot for 1 sec at F22 creates the look of more wispy waves as opposed to the sharp edged ones above.

 

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Nature and Seascape Photography is Full of Surprises

_MG_4795-2 Sunset at Pismo Pier

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In nature photography, you never really know what the conditions will be for a shoot.  You can plan and plan, but when it comes right down to it, you never know what the universe will hand you in terms of light.   The other night I headed for Pismo Beach thinking that, since I was in the area, it might be a chance for a great sunset.   When I arrived I was greeted with a rather drab sky and the sun about to set in 10 minutes.  I almost did not take equipment out of the car thinking it would be a waste of time.

I saw some surfers out in the water and thought maybe I could get a good sillhouette shot.  I proceeded to schlep my equipment down to the waters edge.  And as the sun was setting the most amazing sunset and colors happened.  All I could say was “Oh, My God, Oh, My God.”   When I saw the Christmas tree light up at the end of the pier, it turned out to be an exceptional day of shooting.  I am not sure where all the photographers were, but there was not another soul with a camera on the beach but myself.  Maybe they all thought it would be a drab sunset, too.

I took a lot of time exposures as it got darker and when the water finally started creeping up and covering the soles of my shoes I decided it was time to pack it up.  Am so grateful for a great night of shooting an awesome sunset on the California Central Coast.  Nature and seascape photography never ceases to amaze me.

_MG_4804-2 Christmas on Pismo Pier

_MG_4808-2 Christmas on Pismo Pier

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Shooting Fall Colors in the California Vineyards

 

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_MG_3092 Hot Air Balloon over Paso Robles Vineyards

Here on the California Central Coast we do not have the trees full of fall colors like on the East Coast and other parts of the U.S., but what we do have are rows and rows of vineyards which provide a taste of that fall color and plenty of opportunity for landscape photography.  I set out very early to to shoot the fall colors.  I drove around Paso Robles and saw a likely vineyard for shooting.   I asked permission, and was granted, to shoot in the vineyards at Summerwood Vineyards by a kind gentleman standing inside the vineyard waiting for the workers to arrive.  Being able to get in the gate and in the vineyards afforded me the opportunity to get up high on the vineyard road and shoot down the rows and rows of color.

It proved to be a great day for shooting as that was harvest day and the workers were out picking grapes providing the opportunity for action shots.

After awhile I became bored with the usual vineyard shots and decided to try something different.  I had already shot low, shot high, large aperature, small aperature.  I took the 100-400 and set to 400 mm, focused, and then with a slow shutter speed, manual focus, rapidly brought the barrel towards me.  That was really fun to do and fun to see what I ended up with each time.

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_MG_4034-2 Paso Robles Vineyard Row

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_MG_3908-2_Paso Robles Grapes

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_MG_3991-2 Paso Robles Vineyard

Other times, I focused the camera and with a slow shutter speed, pushed the shutter and rapidly turned the camera 90 degrees.  More fun stuff.  It is always fun to step out of the box and see what can be created.

As far as the hot air balloon, I was shooting a few weeks ago in a vineyard and happened to look up and saw approaching a large hot air balloon.  Life is always interesting.  You never know what to expect.  When out shooting, be ready for anything it hands you, like a great big, colorful hot air balloon flying overhead and camera in hand, and a great opportunity for landscape photography.  It was a good day…

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