View nature photographer David Gubernick’s unbelievable images and try his tips for spectacular photos of your own.
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Garrapata Beach at Sunset
“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.
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“Wait until late afternoon, when light becomes warmer―it brings out the golden tones in the rocks and bluffs,” David says.
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Sunburst on Pfeiffer Beach
“Dramatic rock formations and the beach itself provide wonderful subjects to photograph in conjunction with the surf,” David says.
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Big Sur Wildflowers
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.
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Rocks and Surf on Garrapata Beach
“At the south end of Garrapata State Park, this long, curving, sandy beach is blessed with two creeks flowing into the ocean,” David says.
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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.
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Sun Rays through a Blow Hole
“[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.”
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Aloe Along the Coastline
“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.
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Soberanes Crashing Surf
“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.”
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Above Garrapata Beach
“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.”