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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.

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_MG_4808-2 Christmas on Pismo Pier

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Night Shooting on the California Central Coast

 

_MG_4279-2 Cayucos Sunset

I love wintertime when the sky is filled with clouds, which can be a recipe for AWESOME sunsets.  I raced over to the small beach town of Cayucos from Paso Robles, 1/2 hour away, when I saw the clouds in the sky.    I was too late to watch the sun disappear, but the drama, as usual, was after the sun set.  The sky was aglow with color. Cayucos, a beautiful little beach town on Highway 1, a surfing community and a throwback to the 50’s, is great for shooting.   I was nearly alone on the beach except for a few people around a beach campfire.  Using my trusty 5DMII, which is my go-to camera for landscape photography, I decided to try some night shooting from the beach.

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Night shooting is a simple process and fun as you never know what you will get.  Since night shooting calls for slow shutter speeds, a tripod is a necessity, as is a remote shutter release.

Use the bulb setting and try different time exposures to find what works.   Using the AV setting, gives you the ability to choose the aperture and to see if the shutter speed is long enough.   If it is not long enough, raise the ISO.  100-400 ISO works just fine at night.   I started with 10 seconds, viewed the image;  went to 20 seconds, viewed; then 30 seconds, until I found what worked.   Use of a remote shutter release will minimize camera shake.  It is also needed if you shoot longer than 30 seconds.

For night landscape or seascape photography, bring a flashlight, tripod, remote shutter release, warm clothes, experiment, and just have fun … and stay warm in the winter weather.

 

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Let Nature Come to You – a Zen-Like Experience in the World of Macro Photography

 

 

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_MG_0320 Cormorant in Flight

 

I was at Santa Margarita Lake in Santa Margarita, CA the other morning doing nature photography, shooting egrets, cormorants and other large waterfowl.
After a few hours of shooting the “big” birds by driving around, stopping; driving around, stopping, I was walking back to my car and noticed some butterflies in the tall grass and weeds.  After a long morning of shooting, I decided to sit and watch the butterflies.   I sat on a rock and proceeded to watch a very small area directly in front of me teaming with activity.  I marveled at the activity in that one small area.   It had been a long time since I had just sat and watched this small natural world as opposed to driving around the lake following the  large waterfowl.   What I realized was if I just sat there quietly in the moment, watching this world unfold before me, that nature would come to me – a zen-like experience, for sure.

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The first attention grabber was the butterfly with the bright, vivid colors.  Great shooting with the morning light.  The butterfly went from flower to flower endlessly.  Then there were the busy bees flitting from flower to flower.  Then there was the moth…  At this point I pulled out the 100-400mm and proceeded to do some hand-held macro shots.  I had not taken the time to shoot macro in a long time.  What an amazing world there is in such a small area right in front of me.  No need to drive around – just sit and wait and let nature come to me.  No need for extension tubes or a macro lens – although those would have been nice – just the 100-400 mm and my rock to sit on.  What a great way to pass the morning, just sitting and watching nature come to me… I could have set up the tripod, but didn’t want to ruin the moment.  With the 100-400 mm handheld, I was able to easily follow my tiny subjects as they flitted from flower to flower as we shared our morning.  I love the world of nature photography, and the addition of macro photography opens up a whole new world.

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SHOOTING STAR TRAILS ON A STARRY NIGHT

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_MG_3361-2 Star Trails

I stayed up the other night until 2 a.m. hoping there would be a meteor shower from midnight to 2 a.m., as predicted – no such luck.  I did get lots of star trails, though, and had a great time with it.  If you have lots of time to spend, take your camera outside and shoot the stars.  I usually  set up the camera and go in and doing something else and set a timer for the exposure I want.   I do different times and settings to experiment until I achieve the image I want.

Star trails are really fun to do.  As I live in an area void of street lights, it is quite easy on a clear night to achieve star trails.   For these images, I used a 24 mm lens and focused on infinity.  Being dark, it is difficult to position the camera for the right composition.  If there is a tree in or rocks in the foreground, I will shine a flashlight on the foreground objects so I can get some idea of how to position the camera.  That usually works.  If it is too dark, then I do a quick test shot to find the right composition.

I  do a test shot for about 30 seconds – 1 minute to see if the composition will work.    From there I may do diffent exposures depending on how much time I have.  They are anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, normally.   Some star trail images can take many hours, but I am usually not that patient.

All you need to photograph star trails is a camera with lens that can do time exposures (put on ‘B’ or Bulb mode), a cable release or lockable shutter release, and a tripod.   Make sure that your batteries are fully charged so they will not drain during the exposure.  A very important accessory is a sturdy tripod that will not move with the wind which would cause the star trails to be uneven.

You can do short or long trails depending on what you want to achieve artistically.  You can also light paint the foreground with a flashlight.

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_MG_3357-2 Star Trails

The first image, 3361 was exposed for 18 minutes at 4.5 with ISO 400, 24 mm lens.  The above image, 3357, was exposed for 10 minutes at 4.5 with ISO 400, 24mm lens.

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_MG_3353-3 Star Trails

This image was  exposed for 24 minutes at 4.5, ISO 400, 24 mm lens

If you have never tried star trails, get your gear and start shooting.  If you are out camping, that is a great time to shoot the stars as the area will be void of lights except for the stars.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, GET OUT, EXPERIMENT, AND HAVE FUN…

California Photo Festival

 

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Just spent an amazing week in San Luis Obispo and surrounding areas at the California Photo Festival from Oct 12-16th.    The festival was put on by Los Osos based Light Photographic Workshops.   Photo instructors were well known in the industry, i.e., Rick Sammon, author of 36 photo books;  Hanson Fong, famous wedding photographer;  Tim Grey, top educator in digital photography;  Rob Sheppard, editor of PC Photo and Outdoor Photographer; Juan Pons, amazing wildlife photographer, just to name a few of the presenters.

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_MG_2882 Horses on the Beach

There were seminars, lectures, and workshops in all types of photography from Landscape to Portrait to Lightroom to Marketing.  The most difficult task was deciding what courses as so many were offered.   There were sunrise and sunset shoots set up all over the county from the ocean to the Morro Bay Estuary to the Paso Robles vineyards. Classes were held in every type of photography imaginable, from portrait shooting, to seascape and landscape, macro shooting, to learning Lightroom and Photoshop, IPhone shooting, and way too many classes to mention.

I wanted to learn to used my video in my SLR so I attended a couple of classes in video shooting.  We went to the Paso Robles vineyards at sunrise and shot video of the workers harvesting the grapes and the inside of the plant with all the processing equipment.  Another class I attended was held at the pier in Cayucos.  Sunset was equally as good with horses on the beach.  Great fun shooting the horses racing down the beach.  Models were also brought in and we were able to shoot them dancing in the sand.

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If you have a chance to sign up for the California Photo Festival next year, I highly recommend it.  Website is http://www.californiaphotofest.com.

 

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