Palos Verdes in a Few Hours

I was lucky enough to spend a short winter afternoon down at Palos Verdes which is not the easiest place to get to for me. I live in Ventura County and the freeways getting here can be full of traffic but I really wanted see the place with my own eyes at least once.

Point Vicente Light House

5 shot panoramic of the Point Vicente Light House.

Some crashing waves at one of the coves with Catalina Island off in the distance.


Video of the crashing waves.

Any photographer would be having a field day seeing patterns like this even if you do not shoot abstracts.

Getting in a little closer.

Even though I could not use the wide angle from certain views because of structures, there was still plenty to photograph.

A few days after the new moon you will always find the crescent moon lingering just above where the sunsets, you just have to wait for it. My friend Ted Rivera was packing up as I shot this.

Signs of life.

Pale blue light.

Shooting through a fence since the light house grounds only opens on certain Saturdays.

Beach pebbles in the golden hour.

‘Layers of time”

Let’s not forget about all the recreation that goes on down at the beach. With the kelp beds Palos Verdes hosts some fabulous spear fishing.

Abstracts galore.

Sun and sand.

I call this the scroll format.

You can stand on a cliff look down at the ocean and see 10,000ft snow covered peaks.

San Vicente Point Light House

The San Vicente Point Lighthouse.

A view of the Santa Monica Bay and Palos Verdes off in the distance from the Santa Monica Mountains

This was taken a couple of days afterwards but it shows the relation of Palos Verdes to the rest of the Los Angeles Basin. It floats above the basin, it high points of elevation are about a 1,000 ft. You can barely make out Catalina Island on the right but you can see how Palos Verdes was an Island at one point in time.

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5 Responses to “Palos Verdes in a Few Hours”

  1. Rhoda Says:

    Wow… what a wonderful set of abstracts you have from this shoot.

  2. Rodney Says:

    Very cool particularly the Abstracts. top shots

  3. Younes Bounhar Says:

    OMG those rock abstracts are simply AMAZING. Each and every one of them is simply stunning, in particular the cool-toned ones. Great job staying away from the obvious and catching them. Superb work as usual.

  4. Richard Wong Says:

    These are some really unique shots Steve. I would like to go back there and explore the tide pools sometime. I didn’t know the area below the lighthouse was accessible though.

  5. Sharon Van Lieu Says:

    Great article, Steve. I love the photographs, especially the first lighthouse shot and the one with cactus in the foreground. The abstracts are very good also.

    Sharon

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