The Late Show by DanielSeeks

The Late Show
This shot is from a little over a year ago when Michael Bandy and I raced down to Corona Del Mar to catch a killer sunset. He was at The Bruery having a beer and I think I was at home being lazy. We were both texting back and forth and trying to look at reports to figure out whether or not sunset would be a bust. We decided f it and be there was the best option. Mike ended up beating me down there and catching most of the great light that was pouring through a break in the horizon. Luckily I got there just in time to catch the end of the show. I’ve definitely learned that whether or not you get the shot you want, you always have fun trying, so f it and be there.

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Sea of Colors by RussellMcGuire

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a ocean blue.” Sometimes, the photo, is worth the adventure. This happens to be one of those times.
I decided to venture out to Little Corona Del Mar and try to hike down to Arch Rock. Arch Rock is around a mile south of the beach and it’s a nasty hard hike to get to. I started my hike around 5:00 pm to try and get there and set up by sunset. You would think a mile hike would not be that bad and normally, I would agree with you, but this is not a normal hike. Imagine hiking down a beach where you have half a foot walkway and massive waves crashing next to you. Imagine hiking and having to climb up rock walls that are as sharp as razors. imagine hiking over rocks that are as slippery as grease. Add all these things together, and that is what this hike is.

I managed to make it down the beach without falling into the ocean or slipping on the rocks and cracking my head. Once I got to Arch Rock I was amazed at the shear size and beauty of this place! It’s as if God himself reached down and designed this place for a photographer. Stunning rock formations, amazing waves breaking and a perfect arch.
I spent a few hours photographing it and could have spent another few just sitting there admiring it. You could hear the waves crashing against the rocks on the other side and it was just awe inspiring. It really makes you appreciate the strength of the ocean.
As you can imagine, I will be posting pictures of the Arch for the next few days. I think I shot around 1500 photos of it and to me, they are all amazing!

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One Stormy Day by RussellMcGuire

I have posted a few pictures of this before but for some reason, this is the image I enjoy the most from the set. Not sure what it is, just one of those pictures I really enjoy.

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Behind The Fog by RussellMcGuire

Most of us live in a fog. It’s like life is a movie we arrived to 20 minutes late. You know something important seems to be going on. But we can’t figure out the story. We don’t know what part we’re supposed to play or what the plot is.

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Watchful Eye by RussellMcGuire

The Watchful Eye

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.
The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair.

I promise, this will be the last picture I post of Arch Rock for a while.

This was one of the last shots I took before we headed back to Phoenix. I still wish the tides would have been lower because I would have loved to have been closer to the hole. Standing out in there, with the waves rushing past your feet really is something magical. One tends to forget the strength of the sea until a wave almost pulls you in.

There were two other photographers behind me while I was taking this shot. I felt bad for them; I had been there for an hour or so before they showed up and was running around the rocks getting pictures. They tended to stay back getting wider angle shots and I tried my best to not be in there way. Guess that’s one of the downfalls of finding a great place to shoot, it can get crowded sometimes.

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Under the Pier by RussellMcGuire

The wind blew cold that day,
Under the pier.
Not with a winter’s chill when leaves have dropped,
Leaving wiry arms and fingers,
Black against the grey sky.
No, the cold of a place where the sun cannot penetrate.
An underworld.

I am not sure why I am so fascinated by taking pictures of the ocean. I grew up in the suburbs of Houston Texas and I never really spent much time by the water. If anyone is from Houston, or familiar with the area, the only water near us is the Gulf of Mexico, and it’s a stretch even calling that a body of water. It is a nasty looking brown color and you get an oily feeling when you swim in it. The contrast from Galveston to California is a million miles apart.

I shot this picture one morning when I wondered down to Newport Pier. I was having problems sleeping and woke up around 4:00 in the morning. I always love getting up really early and driving somewhere new to take pictures. I made my way down to the beach and walked up and down it for a few hours just listening to the sound of the ocean and feeling the waves wash up on my feet. I was amazed at how many stars I could see while out on the beach. I remember looking up and seeing my favorite constellation Orion and how bright it shined in the night.

Around 5:30 in the morning, the surfers started to show and get ready to head out. I sat there and watched as the would stretch and warm up for their morning surf session. Surfing is something that I am fascinated with watching since I had never seen someone do it till last year. It seems like a delicate ballet between the ocean and the surfer where the surfer is trying to tame the ocean. There was one surfer who was far better than the others around him. He was what one would picture a surfer to look like, long hair, no wetsuit just board shorts and tattooed. The way he moved on the water was like watching Anna Pavlova dancing The Dying Swan. No matter how big the wave or how nasty the swell, he managed to tame it and make it look effortlessly.

I am counting down the days until I can find more time to get back out to California and shoot again. Who would have ever thought that California would have such an impact on this Texas boy.

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Eye on The Ground by NhtPhm

This is another favorite shot at my favorite beach Corona Del Mar. This was taken before sunset, so there are not a lot of colors here. Those clouds were gone at sunset btw. This is all I got that evening. I was here early to look for a something interesting in the foreground and I found this! This looks like an eye on the ground, that’s why I named this photo “Eye on The Ground”. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day/night everyone! 🙂

Photographed by: Nhut Pham
Location: Corona Del Mar, CA

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