Thursday, January 31, 2013

Huntington Beach Pier

We hadn't been to the beach in a while, but I've been following the tides with a goal of finding a good low tide right around sunset. Why?  When the tides out, the Huntington Beach pier area becomes very flat with just a thin sheet of water, great for reflections. On Monday of this week everything lined up... -0.5' low tide around 4:30 PM. Packed up the camera and tripod, and off we went!
30 Second exposure, f /22, ISO 100, 35mm focal length
The above shot was taken well before sunset, but I used a Neutral Density filter which gives it a darker look. I like the way the water goes "soft", almost smokey (the clouds do the same) with the long exposure time.
I wasn't alone... lots of photographers out for the spectacle!
The thin sheet of water was like a mirror, reflecting everything!
Looks good even in b&w!

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33 comments:

  1. The first and last are my favorites! Great photography!

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  2. Wow wow wow! Love that long exposure shot!

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  3. Spectacular. Looks like you were amongst good company. Being in the right place at the right time, by design.

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  4. These are fantastic photos! The colors and reflections are gorgeous! A beautiful spot to watch the sunrise. Well done!

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  5. What incredible entries these are, all of them really splendid~

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  6. Beautiful pictures..all of them. The second is my favorite.You are a great photographer!

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  7. Beautiful pictures..all of them. The second is my favorite.You are a great photographer!

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  8. Great shots. I like them all.

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  9. Wow! I'll say everything lined up! That first photo looks other-worldly, and the last one truly took my breath away - its already exceptional drama heightened, no doubt, by its appearance after the B&W photo. I always love all your experimenting, and your eye for the unusual and the beautiful.

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  10. Wow, wow, and more wow! I'm super impressed with your long exposure images. This makes me want to get out and try it. Thanks so much for the inspiration and settings info!

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  11. Beautiful shots! Love the first one. Happy SkyWatching!!

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  12. Your research really paid dividends. Like that header photo too.

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  13. your photos are BREATHTAKING! Fantastic! :-) coming by from SKYWATCH

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  14. I love the B&W and the last one!!!!

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  15. Beautiful shots. Love the reflections in the first one. Have great week!

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  16. Very beautiful. I love the photo in your header.

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  17. I'm looking at all of your photos and thinking "I'm not worthy" (Wayne's World reference) :)
    Wow... Brilliant, beautiful shots!!!

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  18. Love that perspective. It feels so expansive and the sunset is stunning.

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  19. Very perceptive on the reflections. I noticed on our last trip to Carlsbad, CA that the thin sheet of water on the sand during the day made for great reflections.

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  20. The reflections are stunning. That is one gorgeous pier.

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  21. Many beautiful and creative views of a single area. Well done! The 3rd picture is my favorite.

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  22. Such stunningly gorgeous shots.....

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  23. Fabulous! I always enjoy your photos.

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  24. All I can say is...gorgeous. Anyone who trundles out to the beach with a camera and tripod is my kind of person! Looks like you had a terrific evening.

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  25. These are absolutely stunning! We went there a couple of years ago on our way home from Disneyland.

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  26. Absolutely stunning series!!

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