A fiery sunset burns over Pfeiffer Beach, on the Big Sur Coast. The beach is famous for its winter sunsets, when the sun shines through the keyhole and creates a beam of light. After photographing the beam, I found the portal also made for excellent seascapes.
An awe-inspiring display of light over Martin's Beach, CA.
A softer-speaking tale of a fiery sunset along the Sonoma Coast in Northern California.
Rip Roarin' Rapids
A wave recedes through a narrow channel as the sky erupts in color. Three beachgoers watch the show from the sea stack shelf. Santa Cruz, California.
A dreamy sunrise at the iconic Walton Lighthouse in Santa Cruz.
To See You Smiling
"Earth laughs in flowers" - R.W. Emerson
A perfect spring scene on the California coast. Santa Cruz, CA. The flowers are Native Californian Erigeron. Sunset color forecasted by #escaype.
A very small hole in a rock on the Santa Cruz coast, at sunset. The opening is no more than a foot wide. It was pure luck that the conditions lined up perfectly for this shot. I had to stick my camera down into the hole, a couple inches from the water draining below me, and take handheld shots at varying shutter speeds and focus points, without being able to see the viewfinder or the screen -- then whisk the camera away before the next wave splashed through a couple seconds later. I started out just playing around, then I decided I liked what I was seeing on the back of the camera screen, and kept at it for several more waves. This is the image I came away with. The tiny scale is difficult to convey, but I hope you enjoy it regardless!
The Red Planet
Perhaps the most incredible sunset I have ever watched. El Matador State Beach, CA.
When I moved up to the Bay Area, one of my first goals was to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge from a perspective that I had not seen before. After a few months of living in the city, I decided it was pretty much impossible. I began to rethink this after a couple walks along this area of coastline, drawing much inspiration from Victor Carreiro's seascapes. I spotted this little cave, crawled into it, and this is the view I saw looking back out. Because of unrelenting San Francisco fog, and discovering the hard way that this shot is really only possible at a summer sunrise, I had to return three times in search of the light I wanted. On the third time, my wish was granted.
(For those unfamiliar: Karl is the colloquial nickname for the San Francisco fog)
For many years, I have made pilgrimage to this incredible Hawaiian red sand beach. Once a secret, accessible only via a perilous unmarked route, the beach has recently evolved into a popular attraction with a well-traveled trail.
All those years, I was never able to photograph the beach in a way that did it justice. Perhaps the best scene to capture was not the seascape, but rather the view that drew me there in the first place.
An "#escaype special" light show at Rodeo Beach, near San Francisco.
b a l a n c e
A sunset adventure on the Santa Cruz coast highlights a life worth living.
A rocket-like sea stack on the California coast glows at sunset (2017).
Diamonds in the Rough
A fiery sunset over a remote, difficult-to-access location on the California coast.
The Chosen One
A powerful wave surges into a narrow channel on the California coast while a friend watches from high above.
Swanton's Narrow Escape
A narrow channel leads to a beacon of hope on the horizon. I was initially photographing a few different compositions further down the beach, and on my way back, I randomly stumbled into this little slot with the Milky Way perfectly lined up, and immediately knew it was what I wanted. The bright light at the end of the channel is a fishing boat that happened to drift right into my composition at the perfect time. Almost everywhere else within 50 miles was fogged in, so the light pollution was minimal, and the Milky Way was brighter than I have ever seen on this coast. It was a night I won't soon forget. This is many exposures blended. Davenport, California, 2016.
A sea lion basks in the glory of a blazing sunset at a difficult-to-access location on the California coast.
A once-in-a-lifetime scene on the Sonoma Coast, California.
Bridge to the Stars
The iconic Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, with the core of the Milky Way shining brightly above. California, 2016. Much inspiration has been drawn from Farhan Zaidi and Tarun Kottary on this shot, and my other Milky Way work.
A plant struggles to make its way as the surf pounds below and birds fly above. San Francisco, CA.
Sometimes, things just come together like you always dreamed. Davenport, CA.
A cave on the Northern California coast opens up to the vivid night sky.
The Opening Act
The beginnings of a fiery sunset at Martin's Beach, CA.
Geysers of Fury
Massive waves pound the Davenport shoreline. Someday, this sea stack will cave into the constant battering. Until then, it remains the guardian of the coast. California, 2016.
Warm morning light awakens one of the only red sand beaches in the world. Hawaii, 2017.
A fiery sunset transforms a beach into a red planet. Northern California, 2016.
Every winter, for about a month, the sun famously drifts far enough to shine directly through the hole in the rock at Pfeiffer Beach as it sets over the ocean. After enjoying the show from up close last year, I opted for a higher vantage point this year. Big Sur, California, 2016.
The Little Mermaid
A receding wave flows between two rocks like a mermaid's tail. Sutro Rocks, San Francisco, CA.
A grand view of the Bay Area coast catches the last light of day, and the beginnings of a fiery sunset. Northern California, 2016.
A sunset scene on Natural Bridges. Santa Cruz, California, 2016.
A classic scene from the Santa Cruz coast (2017).
A community of sea anemones and mussels gather to watch a spectacular sunset in a Big Sur fairytale land.
The rugged west coast of the South Island is home to infinite artistic possibilities. Here is one of them. New Zealand, 2016.
The setting sun turns the walls of a sea cave orange. El Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA.
The sun kisses the horizon underneath a colorful, dramatic mid-level cloud deck. Half Moon Bay, CA.