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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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