As I continue my journey to photograph California’s 840 miles of coastline, I had the opportunity to spend some time at Harbor Point Park in Dana Point for the 2014 Worldwide Photowalk hosted by Scott Kelby.
In my usual fashion, I walked out to the point where the water breaks against the shore and set up my tripod for the long awaited sunset. I knew fully well before I started shooting that the shoes I was wearing would end up in the garbage by the end of the evening. Usually I wear flip flops to shoot seascapes but all the rocks and pebbles on the beach left me needing shoes that wouldn’t slip.
There’s nothing more amazing in my photographic adventures than being one with the ocean and being engulfed by it. We all take our coastal regions for granted but it has a very important story to tell. Our world wouldn’t be what it is today of it weren’t for the vast oceans that cover this Planet’s surface.
I captured this photo using my Zeiss 21mm wide angle prime lens with my Canon 5d Mark III body. If I have the luxury to pack all the gear I want, I prefer to shoot with prime lenses over zooms. I really only bring out the zooms if space is an issue and I need to pack light. The sharpness and image quality you get with a prime lens is unmatched compared to the wide angle zooms. The sun wasn’t quite low enough when I shot this, so I used my Lee .9 stop graduated neutral density filter to keep the sky from getting blown out. I didn’t do anything particularly special in Photoshop while editing this. I did a little color correction in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex 4 as well as a bit of sharpening on the rocks in Topaz detail. That was it.