Beauty in the ordinary

I find the most satisfaction in photography when I manage to create an image of ordinary objects that possess extraordinary beauty in their own way.  When I was on the coast of Ireland in a tiny fishing village of which I do not recall the name, I passed a pile of fishing equipment on the harbor quay. The fishing lines and ropes had the most incredible colors and textures.

Fishing gear on the Irish coast

Fishing Rope Study IV

Fishing gear on the Irish coast

Fishing Rope Study I

Fishing gear on the Irish coast

Fishing Rope Study II

Looking at the weathered ocean fishing gear makes me think of the endless days and nights of rain, fog, gale and sun that the equipment and the people using them endure. It makes me think of generation after generation of fishermen with stories of adventure, of nature’s force and nature’s beauty, of friendship and hardship. A topic that absolutely warrants further exploration.

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From golden to blue

When it comes to twilight photography, I have learned that the most interesting light is actually at the time you would think the photo shoot is done. Many words are spent on how Golden Hour is often the best time for landscape photography, as the quality of light turns warm, towards orange. Here is an image taken at the very scenic and rocky El Matador State Beach in Malibu, during said Golden Hour.

Golden Hour at El Matador State Beach, Malibu, California

Smooth Waters I

Despite the above, I have come to much prefer Blue Hour: arriving afterwards, when the orange and red hues turn into purple and then blue. This can yield the most exquisite color palette, typically much more subtle than during Golden Hour.

Blue Hour at El Matador State Beach, Malibu, California

Sunset Blues

Aside from the occasional engagement or model shoot at the beginning of Golden Hour, El Matador beach is a peaceful and quiet spot off the Pacific Coast Highway, and a place I hope to return to often.

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If only the rains would return

Rain can be beautiful. Bad weather makes landscapes look so much more interesting: it adds depth and structure to the sky, and can do wonderful things for color and mood. Not to mention, it would prevent California from drying out… Wouldn’t it be lovely for the rains to return.

These images were taken some time ago near the pier in Venice Beach, California at a dreary, rainy dawn, which allowed for a great mood to be set.

Rainy dawn at Venice Beach pier, California

Pier at Dawn I

Rainy dawn at Venice Beach pier, California

Pier at Dawn II

Eventually though, as it usually does in southern California, the sun broke through. The remaining clouds and their reflection on the pier that was still drenched created the most magnificent color palette.

Rainy dawn at Venice Beach pier, California

Pier at Dawn V

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