Surf City Sunset


Until I moved here I had no idea Huntington Beach was Surf City. It is. I’ve been to HB a few times already, always with my camera. This afternoon it was me, “Clicky” and a bag full of lenses.

Over the past few days the forecast has pointed toward swells from a mid-Pacific storm hitting the coast. They wouldn’t be giants, but this winter has been disappointing to SoCal surfers.

“Isn’t it a little late,” Helaine asked? I was leaving around 4:00 PM.

IMG_1878The idea was to combine a little surf photography with sunset and whatever else I could find. I went to the beach unprepared! I was wearing jeans and sneakers. Somehow, the walking across the sand and into the ocean part hadn’t clicked. I ended up barefoot with my cuffs rolled up.

I like the vibe at HB. The whole beach area has a friendly feel with people of every shape, size and color.

The photo at the top of this entry is a 14 shot panorama. It was stitched together in the computer. Panoramas are very wide angle shots.

IMG_2019As I was repositioning myself near the base of the pier I walked by two girls. One was jumping while the other was trying to take a cellphone shot. I asked if I could give it a try.

I tried first without a light, but the contrast between the sky and her was too much. The finished photo uses the flash on the camera. I can’t remember the last time it was used.

Click the photo to see a larger version.

The temperature was mild and the beach stayed crowded as the Sun dipped behind Santa Catalina Island. The real show begins after sunset as the sky cycles through its colors until the clouds turn a fiery red.

And it’s January.


4 thoughts on “Surf City Sunset”

  1. One of my favorite things about living on the west coast of Fl were the sunsets. We lived on a small pond in St. Pete and I got some cool photos with my little pocket Kodak camera back in the 70’s. 🙂

  2. Neat pictures–I hope you gave the girl a copy of that picture, or told her how to get it. It was especially neat when it enlarged up to panoramic.
    Have you considered submitting any of your photos to Nat Geo’s contest(s)?

    1. She was my cousin who I went with. Yes.

      I am a good amateur, but there are plenty of excellent amateurs and pros. I see their shots then mine. Humbling. I’m glad you enjoy. That’s enough for me.

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