Sunday, November 24, 2013

Manhattan Beach sunset

There was a small break in the recent storm so I hit up the Manhattan Beach Pier Friday after work hoping for a nice sunset. The pier is lit up with lights for the holidays and it was low tide....both bonuses.

I got there a bit before sunset so I walked around and snapped a few:

Manhattan Beach Pier pre-sunset reflections

Fishing at sunset, Manhattan Beach Pier

The sunset almost lines up with the pier so you can get some pretty cool shots underneath. I got one of the sun shining through:

Light under the Manhattan Beach Pier

Sunset itself had some really nice color, which was reflected off the wet sand: Fiery sunset Manhattan Beach Pier

The pier lights turn on around 30 mins after sunset, so most of the good color was gone by then: Christmas sunset Manhattan Beach Pier

Some nice deep red color hung around for a bit so I took a panorama of the pier Manhattan beach pier panorama

So far, winter has been proving to have some nice sunsets....hopefully I'll have many more opportunities to get some shots around the area.

This weekend is camping at Montana De Oro.....its suppose to rain but hoping it clears by the time we get there. There may be a good chance to get some nice seascape shots along the rocky bluffs of the park. I'll update with some photos once we get back.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Weekend at Santa Monica Pier and White Point San Pedro Tide Pools

I've been wanting to head out to Santa Monica to shoot the pier and Pacific Park. Just never wanted to fight traffic out there. I wasn't doing much this past Sunday so I headed out. It was low tide which is good for reflections in the wet sand and the clouds looked promising.

However, I got out there and by the time the sun was setting, most of the clouds disappeared. Plus there were tons of people there walking around, taking engagement type pics, and there were quite a few photographers as well.

I'll head back out next time there is a clearing or oncoming storm to try for a more dramatic sky.

Since a storm came in this week I headed down to San Pedro again to the White Point-Royal Palms beach. Tide was low around 4:30pm which was perfect for sunset. I headed down to the end of the rocks which are normally covered in water and found a nice pool with lots of sea urchins. I snapped a bunch as the sun was going down.

There was another photographer for a bit so I snapped one with him in the picture. He's pretty far away, plus my wide angle makes it look even further.

Sunset wasn't great as most of the dark clouds rolled in by then so I just headed home for some dinner.

I've been meaning to explore some of the other bluffs and tide pools around the area up towards PV. I'll head back out one of these weekends to see how accessible they are.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Sunday, November 10, 2013

White Point - Royal Palms tide pools, San Pedro

Thursday the clouds were looking good and it was going to be low tide for sunset so I headed back to White Point - Royal Palms Beach in San Pedro. Clouds hung around this time and there was a bit of interesting sea life. Used an orange starfish for my foreground element. It was slowly crawling away from me and you can see the movement in the picture if you zoom in.

White Point Royal palms tidepool San Pedro Sunset

I also got around to re-editing the other ones I shot. I tried to bring out a bit more of the shadows. Some of the blending came out a little funky last time in Photomatix. I feel these look a bit better.

Royal Palms tide pool sunset

Love this spot. I'll try out some other comps next time the sunset and tides line up.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography

Sunday, November 3, 2013

White Point - Royal Palms tide pools, San Pedro

I've been waiting for a chance to get out to the White Point - Royal Palms beach in San Pedro during low tide, which reveals a bunch of sea life. Most of the clouds burnt up from earlier in the day but I headed down anyway. There were a few lingering clouds but nothing special. I walked around for a bit looking for a pool that had some interesting sea life and stumbled upon one that had a green tint to it...not sure what from.

Royal Palms tide pool sunset San Pedro

Hopefully winter will bring around more storms and dramatic skies. I'll be back again the next weekend that the tide is low and the sky looks promising to capture some more seascapes.

Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography