The fog wafting over the happy beachgoers
The Housewrighter Pacific Coast Series is my laboratory of recent photo work along the NorCal seashore. A fellow photographer friend told me about Redondo Beach (not the one in Southern California) and it was indeed striking. Just south of Half Moon Bay, and north of the fabulous Ritz Carlton (see below), this compelling cove is rife with great shooting opportunities. In this study, I used my Olympus Stylus 1 to create all the images you will see. I am continually amazed how versatile, this little cam is, and what wonderful images it produces. I shot the above image from about 75 yards and edited it on Snapseed.
I really enjoy the splash of green moss along the rocks pairing with the green of the golf course at the Ritz in the background. In my next post, you will see some of my slow shutter work I have done, and it looks very cool with this hotel in the fog. I think the RC is going to want to buy this one from me. Shot at about 115mm and edited on Snapseed.
I put the Stylus 1 on a little Gorilla pod and activated the built-in ND filter. This was a 1 second exposure, stopped down 5 stops at about 175mm equivalent. The surreal blur and moss in the foreground make it look like a scene from some Hawaiian volcano opposed to the California Coast. I worked this in Snapseed, Old Photo Pro, and Image Blender to create the final image. All edits were completed on my iPad Air.
This lone fisherman Hipster was trying his luck for the first time in his life with a net. To avoid copyright issues, and to make it a more moody image, I used GLAZE to apply a painterly technique. I blended it back with Image Blender and finished it off on Snapseed. I shot this at 3oomm at f2.8. This one is why I get up in the morning.
This is perhaps the best advertisement for the serenity and solitude offered by the California Coast in my neck of the woods). Who doesn't want to pitch a tent right there, and have the whole beach to one's self? The powerful 300mm zoom on the Olympus makes this image possible on a fairly foggy day. This one is just the image, and a little bit of Snapseed. I often shoot cropping to the square on my Olympus, as I have a trained quick assessment of my work with the iPhone. I took some cool stuff with the iPhone this day as well. However, this was one day I was glad I had the Olympus Stylus 1
Stay tuned for announcements about my upcoming shows, classes, and maybe even something much bigger :-)