Man, oh man. This really makes me miss Portland.
It has been hot here in Santa Barbara for the past couple of weeks. I know, I know. I’ve been rubbing it in how nice it is down here for months, but when it’s always 73, you get used to it. Anything hotter, like 85-90 and it suddenly feels like it’s the end of the world.
Well, it wasn’t obviously. But it was hot enough that it was a great excuse to go find a different beach. Typically, we head south about 20 miles to Padaro Beach, my personal favorite in the area. But this weekend, some friends encouraged us to drive north about 5 miles to Haskell’s Beach. It was so nice there, we went two days in a row over the Labor Day weekend.
If you get there early, it’s great. There is very limited parking which totally regulates how crowded the beach will get, so as long as you get there early, you’re in for a relaxing day with nobody crowding you out.
As you can see from the picture above, Miss Devyn (and one of her friends) found a big rock that had been in a camp fire. As such, it was coated in soot and the girls decided it would be fun to get it all over their hands. A quick dip in the ocean and it was all gone.
Nathan has really taken to boogie boarding. Once he goes in, you can’t get him out. Here he is above running back out for the next set of waves. Here are two more photos of Nathan on his boogie board.
In the photo above, that’s Devyn in the right corner and Nathan standing right in the middle of the small wave. Such a nice beach. We’re totally getting spoiled.
I went back and looked at some of the other experimental photos I took in Malibu a few weeks ago and found this one.
Before processing it to black and white, I wasn’t that thrilled with it, but after working it in Lightroom and Photoshop a little bit, I’m finding that I like it more and more.
The dark black band above the rock is a wave coming in that hasn’t broken over yet. Contrasting this to the long exposure of the waves in around the rock, the incoming water looks like a wall.
Perhaps the best lesson for me on this trip was to learn how to shoot with the circumstances you’re given. The sky was completely overcast on this day and there wasn’t a trace of the typical blue sky that you normally get along this stretch of the coast. I remember thinking as I shot this series was that this otherwise bland sky would look great in black and white, assuming I could get the foreground elements to contrast the lighter sky.
The more I go back and look at this one, the more I like it. I hope you enjoy it as well.
The third black and white water photo from my most recent visit to Venice Beach.
Another black and white photo of the water from my recent drive down to Venice, California.