“Don’t leave after the sun sets. The sky may display glorious colors and the wet sand will reflect them, adding impact to the image,” David says.
“Wait until late afternoon, when light becomes warmer―it brings out the golden tones in the rocks and bluffs,” David says.
“Dramatic rock formations and the beach itself provide wonderful subjects to photograph in conjunction with the surf,” David says.
This famous 90-mile stretch of land, where the Santa Lucia Range plunges into the roiling Pacific, is loaded with eye candy for photographers. Fields of blooming wildflowers cover hillsides in spring.
“At the south end of Garrapata State Park, this long, curving, sandy beach is blessed with two creeks flowing into the ocean,” David says.
Shoot roads and fences where they curve, not where they appear straight. There’s a reason winding California Highway 1 shows up in so many movies.
“[On Pfeiffer Beach], a jagged coastline dotted with blowholes provides windows and small cavelike openings with the ocean crashing through them,” David says. “Colorful reflections in the wet sand are stunning here.”
“Wait until the perfect moment―when white caps form on peaks or waves explode on rocks―to add intriguing accents to your photo,” David says.
“This surf-pounded shore is decorated with sharp, offshore rock formations,” David says. “Trails along the bluffs allow closer exploration of the coastline, and small coves make for a unique perspective.”
“Figure out what interests you,” David says. “What draws you to a certain view? Is it light shining through an arch, a curving road, patterns in the water, or the colors in the sky? Keep asking yourself what appeals to you, then work to bring that out in the photo.”