Santa Monica Mountain Beach Workshop

A few shots from yesterday evening’s workshop down at the beach in Malibu. It was a little cold out and maybe the water was a little warmer then the air and wind but you never seem to notice it when you’re in groove. Like gargoyles on the side of a building cormorants, gulls and pelicans added a little bit of extra detail to the scene and they also held these photographer’s attention a lot longer then I thought they would.

Photography Workshop in Malibu just outside Los Angeles, California

I really enjoy shooting candids while people are so focused on what they are doing. They’re often so still even during a long exposure you might not capture any movement from them.

Ranger Bob photographing a sea arch during the golden hour.

If you are photographing a crowded place it can often be difficult to not included people in the landscape so you might as well try to use them to your advantage. Silhouettes are often a fast shot so you don’t have to worry about movement as much because your exposure is going to be a lot faster.

What do you do with people that won't move out of the way? Shoot them!

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2 Responses to “Santa Monica Mountain Beach Workshop”

  1. David Leland Hyde Says:

    Those are great photographs. I sure wish I could have been there for that workshop. Mountain and Sea, that’s my cup of tea. The last image would be great without the people, but I feel it is excellent with them. Keep them. Just say no to Photoshop.

  2. Steve Sieren Says:

    Thank you David, if you like standing in cold water you would of loved it! If you get 3 good elements in a photograph take advantage of it.

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