Aliso Beach was the first beach my husband and I visited in Southern California, when we came here to decide if we wanted to move from Colorado to SoCal. The beach mesmerized me on that April morning in 2012, and it is still one of my most favorite beaches. What I like the most about it is that this beach is a perfect destination for my whole family: my husband and my daughter have fun playing in the water and watching the surfers, and I can take pictures of the gorgeous rock formations and the large waves.

This beach is in the top 5 places that I love to visit for photography. On this interesting January morning I headed to the beach right after I dropped my daughter off at school to take some long exposure photographs. The cloudy, overcast weather made it possible for me to do this, even though it was after 9am when I got there. To be able to capture the movement of water or clouds (among others) you need to “fool” the camera. It needs to think that it is dark outside, and therefore you can let light in it for a longer period of time without overexposing (or burning out) your image. A tool to do this is a filter called Natural Density (ND) filter. It comes in different amount of darkness. These filters and the overcast allowed me to take a 6-second long exposure, which resulted the following image:

A Cloudy Aliso Beach Morning
A Cloudy Aliso Beach Morning

In post editing I used Lightroom 5, Perfect Effects 8 and Photoshop CC.

 

 

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