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Photos – Beach Sunsets

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Hi Everyone,

Here are some sunset photos I took at Laguna Beach, California. What I like about the first photo is how it’s a little blown out on the left. It gives the appearance of the photo fading into the distance.

Do you remember the photo of sunglasses I posted a couple weeks ago? That shot was taken a little to the right of this image.

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 28mm / 1/80 / f/5.6 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

The second photo uses water on the sand to reflect the colors of the sunset. This brings the colors of the sunset into more of the photo.

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 27mm / 1/50 / f/5.6 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

When shooting sunsets, don’t stop after the sun goes below the horizon. Some of my best sunset shots, especially at the Grand Canyon, were done after the sun has set. The sky can really light up, especially if there are clouds. And remember to look all around to see what the light is doing both in front of you and behind you.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about these photos, or photography in general.

I processed these images with ON1 Photo Raw. Check it out at https://on1.sjv.io/15Mjdz

Have Fun,
Jeff

My Photos On RedBubble Products

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Hi Everyone,

I have some great news. People have been asking me if my photographs are available on products, like T-shirts, mugs, phone cases, etcetera, and now they are. I have created a shop on RedBubble at www.redbubble.com/people/jeffcolburn/shop

iPhone skin
iPhone Skin
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Here you will find many products with my photographs on them, and I will be adding more photographs every month. Head on over and take a look. If you don’t see the photograph you’re looking for, let me know. I can always add it to my shop.

T-shirt
T-shirt
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Postcard
Postcard
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Water Bottle
Water Bottle
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Have Fun,
Jeff

Photos – Laguna Beach Kelp

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Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 24mm / 1/400 / f/5.6 / ISO 200 / Hand Held

Hi Everyone,

Here are some more photos I took at Laguna Beach, California. These are several shots of kelp, also known as seaweed.

Seaweed washes up on shore after a storm breaks it loose, or after a sea urchin eats through the base of its stalk. You can sometimes find barnacles or other ocean life attached to the seaweed. And it often has a fluid or serpentine look to it when on the beach.

A few tips about shooting at the beach.

1 – Always keep an eye on the waves. You don’t want to get knocked over by a wave, or get salt water on your gear. After you have some experience shooting at the beach you get a feel for how far a wave will travel on the sand. Waves come is sets of two to fifteen, with five to seven being normal. And the last one or two waves in a set will be the largest. Before you start shooting, watch the waves for a while to see what they are doing.

It was nice to know that even though I had not been to the beach for 25 years, I could still tell just how far a wave would come up on the beach.

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 66mm / 1/160 / f/4 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

2 – Depending on where you and the sun are, you can use a polarizing filter to cut down on glare, and to darken the sky and foliage near the shore. It also works great for shooting in tide pools.

3 – It’s easy to add a human quality to the photos by including footprints in the sand or people in the background.

4 – Watch the background. You can be so focused on what’s in front of you, that you forget about the background. There could be buildings, people and offshore oil rigs that you don’t want in your photo.

5 – Use water on the sand to reflect things, like I did in my last beach post with the bird.

6 – If you walk around the beach barefoot, and you should, when you’re done you’ll find that sand sticks to your feet like it’s glued there. To easily remove the sand, rub talcum powder or corn starch on your feet. The sand will slide right off.

If you find yourself shooting in Laguna Beach, when you’re done head a little north on Pacific Coast Highway and stop at the Crystal Cove Shake Shack for a date shake. The shakes and view are both great.

Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 29mm / 1/250 / f/4 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about these photos, or photography in general.

I processed these images with ON1 Photo Raw. Check it out at https://on1.sjv.io/Zdvkjz

Have Fun,
Jeff

Photo – Sunglasses at Laguna Beach, California

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Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 70mm / 1/40 / f/5.6 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

Hi Everyone,

The circumstances around this photograph are strange.

We were at Laguna Beach, California, walking around main beach. We went around a tall rock, and my wife, Linda-Ann, spotted these sunglasses. They were sitting on the rock exactly as you see them in the photograph.

At first, I thought someone put them there as they roamed around, but there wasn’t anyone else in the area. And why would someone put two pairs of sunglasses on a rock and leave?

I’ll never know why they were there, but I liked the composition and took this photograph. And yes, I left them there as we continued exploring the beach.

It’s not all that uncommon for me to find things lying around. I’ve found money on the ground, including a $20 bill last week. The most I’ve found was $80. I love windy days that blow money around.

I’ve also found large store-bought crystals, jewelry, wallets with nothing inside but cash, tools, hiking gear, lens caps and filters, fossils and more.

It’s nice to look up, but it pays to look down.

I processed this image in ON1 Photo Raw as I no longer use Lightroom or Photoshop. I find ON1 to be faster and easier to use, and it gives sharper images. It costs less than Photoshop too.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this photo, or photography in general.

Check out ON1 Photo RAW at https://on1.sjv.io/Zdvkjz

Have Fun,
Jeff

Video – What’s In My Bag – Tools

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Hi Everyone,

In this video I talk about two tools that I use a lot when I go out into nature to take photos. I always have one, if not both, with me. You can see the video here https://youtu.be/RcYvCzrV-XQ

It’s tools like this that make a hike a little easier and safer. They also help you meet the challenges that nature throws at you.

You can see my other videos on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcd8nqgH0CiaveaIlKbE1mA

Have Fun,
Jeff

Photo – Birds at Laguna Beach, California

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birds feeding on the beach in southern California.
Canon Rebel T5i / Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS at 70mm / 1/250 / f/5.6 / ISO 100 / Hand Held

Hi Everyone,

Here’s another image I took at Laguna Beach, California. I grew up in southern California and spent a lot of time at the beach bodysurfing, SCUBA diving and exploring the tide pools.  

There are several things I like about this photo, including the wave in the background, the reflection of the bird on the wet sand and the warm light of sunset that balances the blue of the water and sky.

I processed this image in ON1 Photo Raw as I no longer use Lightroom or Photoshop. I find ON1 to be faster and easier to use, and it gives sharper images. It costs less than Photoshop too.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments about this photo, or photography in general.

Check out ON1 Photo RAW.

Have Fun,
Jeff