La Jolla Essentials

1 Apr
La Jolla Sunset

La Jolla Sunset

In my opinion, one of the elements that tends to enhance a seacape is a great rocky shore.  Not to say that sand and a nice sunset aren’t spectacular on their own…but add a nice interesting rocky foreground and I’m hooked.  (Let’s blame my Connecticut upbringing here…our beaches just don’t do “drama”.)


Things to keep in mind while shooting on or near awesome rocks in the middle of a deep ocean though.

1) Rocks + waves = ocean spray (and not the delicious cranberry juice kind).  Make sure you have a cleaning kit handy, and be prepared to cover your lens between shots or you’ll find they turn out a bit…um…misty.  Unless you really like practicing your clone stamping skills in photoshop. haha


2) Rocks + water = slippery. One big wave can spell disaster.  (Funny story about that…remind me to tell you later! haha)


3) Rocks + a vast, flat ocean = no wind breaks. Dress accordingly! If the weather is at all, possibly, maybe going to be uncomfortable, bring gloves and a weather/water resistant coat. If it’s going to be windy, also be prepared to secure your tripod. Last thing you want to do is fish your expensive camera out of the ocean.  Second to last thing you want to do is suffer through a tropical storm just to find out that every shot over 1/60 is blurry courtesy of the hurricane strength winds you endured to snag that beautiful sunset.


In this particular instance, we were perfectly safe (but very wet and chilly) – however, we all know as photogs we take risks.  I really did almost get swept into the ocean at one point, mostly due to my own stupidity, and I don’t advocate that.  Keep your common sense close and do your best to prepare for most scenarios you’re likely to encounter.  Safety first…no photo is worth your life.


10 Responses to “La Jolla Essentials”

  1. Noeline Smith April 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    …… and don’t forget a pair of wells!

  2. Shakti Ghosal April 7, 2013 at 5:55 am #

    What a breathtaking photo of a sunset! As I look at it, I sense that each element in the picture, be it the blues, yellows and browns , are jostling to occupy the centre-stage in their own inimitable way.It all depends on the perspective of the viewer…..

    So what do you see as your learning from the above?


    • seeingspotsphoto April 7, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

      Well thats just the point of art, isn’t it? Each viewer interprets the piece in their own way while at the same time, getting a glimpse into how the artist percieves the world around them. It’s a fluid, and solid idea all at the same time. 🙂

  3. gtonthenet May 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Great photo and clearly well worth the effort!

  4. Mark Kertesz November 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    I love the rocky foreground too! Such a beautiful image, I’d love to be there soaking up the sun.

    • seeingspotsphoto November 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

      haha When I went, it was windy and cold. But, I like the idea…I’ll have to try another visit when it’s warm and sunny! 🙂

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