San Diego is "home". Its where I spent my formative years, went to University, and return to when I need a dose of family, sunshine, and the ocean. They say San Diego is America's most beautiful city, and I would have to agree. These images were taken during Winter 2014 and Summer 2015, and run from Pacific Beach up to La Jolla and through to Table Top Reef in north county. They represent some of my favorite places to experience the Pacific, and offer a wide range of photographic opportunities.
They are also places of shifting moods and compositions; between the winter and summer the sands move and settle in different areas, exposing or revealing the rock reefs below them. I've often shown up at locations I had photographed 6 months earlier only to find the rock or out cropping I wanted to shoot buried by sand or exposed in a manner I didn't expect. This in turn made for new photographic opportunities, and taught me the value of returning again and again to a location to see what weather and time have offered up.
Photographers often gravitate to the beach at sunset to capture the golden light and color as the sun sets on the horizon. Go to any of these locales and there will be several photographers waiting for the sun to hit the horizon in anticipation of how the clouds will be set aglow once the sun is finally gone. I know, because Im often one of them! However, something I learned in San Diego was to appreciate what the light does at sunrise. Several of these images were made right after sunrise, when the sun peaked through the clouds to illuminate the sky in a golden peach and orange glow for five minutes before the color disappeared for the day. The lesson for me was simple: a west facing beach still has a ton of potential at sunrise. The colors are often more subdued and muted, but they have their own feel, color, and texture that can be awe inspiring and beautiful.
This is an ongoing series, and new pictures will be added over time.