Not too long ago I escaped with my Mom and Sister to sunny Southern California to visit a friend that was recently stationed there with her marine husband. We spent our days running around Los Angeles and beach hopping between Oceanside and San Diego. Since I am not one to miss a sunset, I spent a lot of time near the coast and always made sure I was in a prime spot when that sun began to set each day.
So it must be said that no trip to California would be complete without taking a moment or two to watch the surfers. I don’t know what it is, but I absolutely enjoy photographing them- this resulted in some stalking! But I was able to combine two of my favorite subjects for some pretty cool shots.
Photographing surfers is all about being in the right place at the right time. As photographers, we know that doesn’t always happen, but when it does, the results are what remind us of why we picked up that camera in the first place.
My last photo to post captures that moment when the surfer has decided to call it a day. The sun is setting as a send off as the surfer gathered his board and walked quietly down the beach and out of my frame.
You don’t have to be a photographer to enjoy the surfers and sunsets of California and I highly recommend that everyone make the trip to sunny So Cal, find a quiet spot and just watch the scenes unfold around you.