I’ve become a beach bum. If you know me, you might be surprised to read that statement, as I have been like the living embodiment of Cartman when it comes to the hippie lifestyle (don’t let them fool you: beach bums are a subset of the hippie movement). However, unlike your typical beach bum who obsesses over their rad dreadlocks and spends 6.75 hours per day playing frisbee, I am addicted to chasing the sunset.
More specifically, I am addicted to chasing the sunset with my camera. I’ve had made countless runs to the beach when the afternoon light looked promising in the hopes of catching something special, and have often walked away wet, sandy, and–on rare occasion–with some good photos.
For a couple of months, pretty much every time I went out, I walked away skunked. The sky is a cruel siren, and so many times it looked like something epic was brewing, and then the cloud cover thickened at the last minute and the sky turned grey. This was the exact scenario many times during May and June, when the reputation of “May Grey” and “June Gloom” proved true.
Now that we are turning the corner on the weather with things starting to improve again, I figured I ought to process and share a few photos from my backlog, so I can start focusing on new sunset photos. Hope you enjoy these shots!
I’ve already written a post on the Pirate Tower at Victoria Beach, which I think is one of the coolest things to photograph in Laguna. It’s just so unique, and adds a lot to what could otherwise be a garden variety oceanscape.
This is a shot from Treasure Island Park, looking back at what I suspect is the nicest hotel in Laguna Beach: the Montage.
Yep, another Victoria Beach shot. This is my favorite beach in Laguna; not only does it have great visuals, but it’s hard to find so there often are very few people down here. I ventured out a bit too far into the water to get this shot, and my shorts ended up getting totally soaked. Not the first time that’s happened, nor the last…
If Victoria Beach is my favorite beach, then Treasure Island Park is my favorite park in Laguna Beach. It’s a public park, but since it’s located behind the swanky Montage, they put a lot of work into maintaining it, and plant some of the most beautiful flowers anywhere in the area. There are also some absolutely gorgeous multi-colored rabbits here that I’m pretty sure are a domestic breed that found their way into the area.
There’s nothing epic about this shot, but I really liked the mood it conveyed for some reason…
Another Victoria Beach. One thing I’ve learned a lot about since I started photographing the ocean is the tide. I still get hit by it a lot (mostly because I test its limits), but I’m getting better.
We’ll conclude with a dusk shot as the sunset fades over the north side of Laguna. In the lower right corner here you can vaguely see the Pirate Tower, and on the left corner is Newport Beach in the distance.
These photos were all taken by me with my Nikon D810 and Nikon D750, Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens, and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR Lens. I also used my MeFoto travel tripod.
Have you been to Table Rock Beach? What do you think of it? Have another favorite secluded beach in Southern California? Interested in visiting this beach? Have any questions or other thoughts? Please share below in the comments!