Nature Curves – Crescent Bay Beach at Laguna Beach

Crescent Bay Beach

Crescent Bay Beach


My photo is featured in “Next Exit History” Mobile App Promotion

Its nice when you take a photo of a historical place, landmark or capture a moment of time for a timeless place then it becomes a shared interest among people to talk and rave about it; sometimes they show interest to use the photo to reflect their vision or emphasize a context visually.

I’m glad that the Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA) who owns the historical travel mobile app (Next Exit History) found my blog and interested to feature my Fisherman’s Wharf of Monterey photo in their promotional material for the mobile app in the coming up NCPH conference in Monterey ūüôā

I took the photo while I was visiting Monterey Bay area and doing photo-shooting for the beautiful Fisherman’s Wharf of Monterey.

Below is the PDF material and my photo in the background with the courtesy.

Next Exit History - Historical Travel App by Historical Research Associates

Next Exit History – Historical Travel App by Historical Research Associates

Below is the original photograph

Old Fisherman's Wharf

Old Fisherman’s Wharf

My First Winning Photograph!

I’m so happy to share the news that I am a first prize winner for the “Beaches, Islands & Underwater” category¬†in PDN MagazineThe Great Outdoors Photography Competition” for Amateur photographers.

This is my first participation in a photography contest and I was not expecting to be a finalist in the first place then I got the surprising news that I’m a first prize winner. I was so excited to know that I won and my photo will be published in the PDN magazine printed edition for August 2013 issue.

The fact that my photo will be part of a winners gallery in an eminent photography magazine in US is a great thing by its own, especially this is my first experience with a photography competition.

below is my winning photo, this edition is larger than the submitted version due to restrictions and guidelines by the competition.

PDN 2013 Great Outdoors Photography Competition - Winning Photo - Victoria Tower in Victoria Beach,  Laguna Beach in California

PDN 2013 Great Outdoors Photography Competition – Winning Photo – Victoria Tower in Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach in California

This might be my favorite place I have ever visited for photo shooting and seascape photography. I’m lucky to live only few miles a way from that location.

In each visit, I tried to take different photos from different angles and experiment different compositions in different daytime lighting . I loved the way the tower is blended with the beach cliffs and loomed over the ocean and how the entire scene is hidden and revealed only when you look around and further beyond the surrounding beach area.

This photo caused me trouble when I captured it, because in order to have good composition I had to cross a high tide area and I got late so when I was trying to go back I was thrown by a big huge wave and I got soaked completely, my phone got damaged! and thankfully my camera did not broke.

But all the soaking , loosing my phone and challenges had paid off at the end when I saw the resulted photos in Lightroom and especially when I received the news of my winning photo. I’m proud of it and mostly proud because I had the chance to be part of a contest that include hundreds if not thousands of photos taken by different kind of experienced and amateur inspiring photographers.

It is inspiring to view all the entrees. I learnt a lot from other contestants and definitely will help me to improve my photography skills and flood my mind with new ideas.

The contest has a separate track for professionals with the same breakdown of categories and prizes allocation.

click here to view the online winners gallery for both Professionals and Amateurs.

below is the list of amateur prizes , I much care about the print out and the galleries and the kind of exposure I will get, this is must more important than any physical prize. It gave  me a boost to sustain my passion for photography:

  1. ALL AMATEUR FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will receive a one year subscription to MatadorAccess.
  2. AMATEUR FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will each receive a $100 Adorama gift certificate.
  3. Winning images be printed and displayed at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show July 31 – August 3rd 2013 in¬†Salt Lake City, Utah. The gallery will be on display for the event’s 21,000 attendees which includes 1,000 outdoor brand representatives and related media players.
  4. ALL FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will receive digital cameras.
  5. All winning images will be featured in PDN’s August issue which has an additional print circulation to 5,000 photography industry creatives!
  6. SELECT WINNERS ACROSS ALL CATEGORIES will be interviewed and featured on CNN Photos blog.

I wish I have the time to visit the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah to see my photo displayed there, I have tight schedule in my work and I will not able to go ūüė¶ but lets hope someone will get interested in my photo and contact me ūüėõ

my only disappointment is there is a spelling error in the verbiage of the photo! that they could not correct it due to the printed edition timing issue and also they will keep the old caption while the latest caption and verbiage will be only available online, but that is not a big deal for me, all I care is the photo itself, it speaks itself and does not need a description.

Congrats to all other grand prize and first price winners photographers!

Crystal Cover Sate Park, Newport Beach

I took this shot for the Crystal Cove historic district at the Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, California. Those cottages were residential and occupied by different people during the years even artists, now the area are more to spend time on the beach and eat at the restaurants that occupied some of the cottages. I had mixed feeling whether to process the colored shot or convert it to black and white, I liked them both but I felt the black and white is more lyrical to me

The Crystal Cove Historic District - Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, California

The Crystal Cove Historic District – Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, California

A Fireworks Tree Looming over the Beach

I was hopelessly trying to capture a different exposure and composition for the fireworks on the 4th of July in Laguna Beach this year.  As always with fireworks I put some standard settings then close the shutter and open it using a remote control based on best guesses on the right shutter speed timing.

With some luck and after taking around 50 images, I found below one that has a dates or palm tree formation shape looming on the beach. I liked how it is composed and the reflection on the beach. I decided to convert it to black and white and add some glow effect to make it different than the usual fireworks colorful photos to emphasize more on the composition and the formation of the tree. A alot of smoke distraction but they are part of the natural capture and I liked it.

Fireworks Tree Looming over the Beach

Fireworks Tree Looming over the Beach

Victoria Tower – Laguna Beach, California

This is one of my favorite shots, I re-processed it here as monochromatic picture to give the scene a dramatic feeling and atmosphere. The tower in the photo is called Victoria Tower, it is built in 1926 in a Victorian castle structure style. It is located in Laguna Beach in California, hidden behind a residential area in a way that it looks like a private beach but it is for public and there is a stairs leading down to the beach. I posted the original photo shooting for the beach in another previous post. Click here for the original post.

Victoria Tower - Laguna Beach, California

Victoria Tower – Laguna Beach, California