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Sidewalk Surfing

Skateboarding was born in the late 1940’s as a result of surfers wanting to practice their surfing skills when the ocean was calm, hence the name sidewalk surfing.  Right in the heart of Venice Beach, California is a skateboard park which was packed on the day I was there. The skateboarders were unbelievable to watch and I had a blast photographing them. It was a good opportunity for me to practice shooting sports/action which I don’t do very often.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Venice beach, California, skateboard, skateboarder, park, beach, pacific ocean, action photography

venice beach, California, skateboard, skateboarder, park, beach, pacific ocean, action photography

Venice beach, California, skateboard, skateboarder, park, beach, pacific ocean, action photography

venice beach, California, skateboard, skateboarder, park, beach, pacific ocean, action photography


Venice Art Walls

A section of Venice Beach is a fantastic art gallery. Street artists can create beautiful works of graffiti art (“by permit only” as the sign says) for all to see and enjoy. Here’s a sampling of what you can find.

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Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean

Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean

Venice beach, California, graffiti, wall, beach, artist, spray paint, art, outdoor art, pacific ocean


A Typical Day in Venice

I love Venice Beach…actually I love people watching on Venice Beach.  I hope that for those that had an extra long weekend it was filled with lots of family time and good food and that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I’ll be sharing some images from Venice Beach this week. This 3 mile stretch of beach in L.A. is home to street performers, bodybuilders, rollerbladers, skateboarders, graffiti artists, fortune tellers, funky shops and lots of tourists. It’s a great day to spend an afternoon and if the boardwalk gets to be too much then find a spot on the sand and enjoy the ocean breeze and the beautiful view of the pacific.

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Venice Beach, California, boardwalk, storefront, crowds, people, graffiti, fun in the sun, message parlour,


Floating Pier

Sometimes you work on an image, where an idea and a pre-visualization of the end result had been percolating for some time and it just clicks. I’ve been waiting to post this image for a few weeks. It’s not often that I’m pleased with the outcome of one of my images (I tend to be my own worst critic) but I was really pleased with this one. This was taken at the same time as the surfing images I posted a couple of weeks ago. I used my 10-stop ND filter in order to achieve a long exposure and I used Topaz Black & White Effects to create the final image.

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Malibu Pier, California, long exposure, high key, beach, waves, malibu pier cafe, travel photography


Amusing Lights

This week is turning out to be about night photography. I’ve been wanting to shoot Santa Monica Pier at night for some years now. I was in California about 5 years ago on a family vacation and didn’t bring a tripod (I’ve learned from that mistake) and just didn’t make it to take this shot. Well this past July this was definitely on my shooting list.

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Zuma Beach

It’s Friday…yahoo…and with the weather getting chilly in my neck of the woods (and maybe yours) I thought I’d kick off the weekend with some warmer thoughts. Have a great one everybody!

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Zuma Beach, California, Los Angeleas, mist, sea, pacific ocean, seagulls, sand, waves


Super Hero Hall of Fame

This past summer while strolling through Westwood Village in L.A. my husband and I spotted a Soda Pop & Candy Store called Rocket Fizz. We walked in and I just about kicked myself for not having my tripod with me…sometimes you just need to give your back a break.  I was really like a kid in a candy store…OK…maybe not a kid but definitely in a candy store. It was retro, it had candy and comic books and soda pop and while my husband was admiring the vintage collection of comic books and all that soda I was trying to figure out the best angles to shoot and what settings I should be using to get the best shot. Enjoy and no you can’t eat the lollipops 🙂

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Rocket Fizz, Los Angeles, Westwood, California, candy store, comic books, super heroes, root beer, pop, HDR, retro, lollipop


Swim or Surf?

This wraps up surf week. Thanks for joining me for a little trip back to Malibu and letting me share my some of my surfing shots with you. Before we get to todays images I just wanted to let you know that I added a new review to my site yesterday for the Gura Gear Bataflae camera bag. You can find it under the Product Reviews tab on the main navigation bar or just click here. Would love to hear what you think of the review.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Malibu, California, surfing, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, surf board

Malibu, California, surfing, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, swim, pier, sign, flags, travel photography


Surfin’ USA

If everybody had an ocean
Across the U.S.A.
Then everybody’d be surfin’
Like californ-I-A
You’d see ’em wearin’ their baggies
Huarachi sandals, too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin’ U.S.A.

The Beach Boys

Yup…I know you’re going to be singing that all day now…me too, but its The Beach Boys, it could be worst.

Welcome back to surfing week. I had a great time hanging out on the beach in Malibu watching the surfers. The more I watched the more I marvelled at their skill. Honestly I don’t think I’d be able to stand up on a board let alone ride a wave.

Malibu, California, surfing, surfer, waves, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, action photography, sport photography

Malibu, California, surfing, surfer, waves, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, female surfer, action photography, sport photography

Malibu, California, surfing, surfer, waves, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, action photography, sport photography

Malibu, California, surfing, surfer, waves, beach, ocean, pacific ocean, action photography, sport photography


Surf Shack

Welcome to surf week. I had a blast on the beach in Malibu photographing all the surfers.  I’ll start the week of with a look at the Surf Shack. This haven for all things surfing is located directly across the street from the beach on top of a fish restaurant. I loved the look of this place and knew it would be perfect for a HDR image.

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Malibu, California, surf, surf shack, hang ten, travel photography, HDR,