Labor Day Boogie Boarding

Devyn with her charcoal covered hands.

Devyn with her charcoal covered hands.

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 wasting no time in getting back out into the surf.

Nathan wasting no time in getting back out into the surf.

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.

All those swimming lessons are paying off. Nathan is using a double stroke to get on top of a wave. He's a very strong swimmer these days.

All those swimming lessons are paying off. Nathan is using a double stroke to get on top of a wave. He’s a very strong swimmer these days.

Nathan is very happy in the water as you can see.

Nathan is very happy in the water as you can see.

Haskell's Beach in Goleta, CA

Haskell’s Beach in Goleta, CA

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.

 

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Clouds over the Three Sisters mountains.

Clouds over the Three Sisters mountains.

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Long exposure along Malibu, CA

Long exposure along Malibu, CA

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.

 

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Waves at Venice Beach, CA

Waves at Venice Beach, CA

The third black and white water photo from my most recent visit to Venice Beach.

 

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Venice, California

Venice, California

Another black and white photo of the water from my recent drive down to Venice, California.

 

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Taken off the Venice Beach Pier.

Taken off the Venice Beach Pier.

I drove down to Santa Monica to meet some friends and we decided to head over to Venice Beach and walk around a bit.

One of the nice things about this beach is the Pier that extends out into the break of the waves. There may be others, but this is the only one I’ve seen so far where the pier extends out this far. This allowed me to get this perspective that I would not have been able to get otherwise.

The conversion to black and white was done entirely in Photoshop Lightroom 5 with the aid of Kubota the Blacksmith preset available from Kubota Image Tools.