I’ve been photographing the beaches of San Diego and Southern California for as long as I have been here (22 years) and long before many became popular with the masses. So, I’ve been thinking to myself, what else do I have to say…photographically. Do I need yet another big cloud sunset? I’m sure there will be more. But…

Last weekend I went down to La Jolla, got out of the truck, walked around for 10 minutes and got back in my truck and made the 2 hour drive home again. I DID have nothing left to say.

But this past weekend, to avoid the desert heat, I took a ride down to Carlsbad. Mostly, just to eat some sushi, be cooled off and walk the boards. Which was great. After that I drove south just before North Ponto to the Bluffs area. As I stood there I saw something and had an idea. I’ve shot a lot of long exposures but they have all been with wide angle lenses and low, close to  the water. But from the bluffs it provided a different perspective from above but it also would require a longer lens. So I mounted my 10 stop Big Stopper Lee filter to the front of my70-200mm f/4 L lens and looked at things differently. It was refreshing for me as it all looked different and it also fulfilled a recent wish to stop shooting snapshots and far too many frames. The cool thing about 4 minute exposures is…it naturally prevents you from machine gunning 500 images LOL

So these are what I got over a  couple hours of time till the sun st and a bit beyond. The real reason I am doing this blog post is so that you can click and expand the shots to full screen as they really don’t get the justice they need on the phone and Instagram.

In the sunset images, I hope you will notice the elongation of the sun and the direction it moves over 4 minutes. I found it interesting and something you really don’t see much in photos…I think

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Sunset Carlsbad - Long and Slow

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