Photography in Paradise

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The Lightning Rod - Photography by Lee Peterson

MORNING STORM

I woke up to thunder and lightening this morning around 6am. Jumping out of bed I dressed quickly and grabbed the car keys and headed to Torrey Pines beach where

Ocean Beach Pier 4AM

4AM LOW TIDE ADVENTURE

For two mornings I awoke early to get the lowest tides of the month and photograph the Scripps Pier in La Jolla and the Ocean Beach Pier in Ocean Beach. The first trip to Scripps Pier my…

Salton Sea

QUICK TRIP TO SALTON SEA

I went to the Salton Sea this morning with Mike Uriell and Charlotte Cannor and the timing was great. Arrived just as the sun was coming up. It was cold, about 37 degrees but warmed up quickly to…

BIG SURF

The large surf arrived today. It hit early in the morning. Some of the wave sets had 12 to 15 foot faces. The OB pier was a spectacular sight at high tide. I met some friends there and we watched the wave pound the pier. Then I drove with the crowds out to Sunset...

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MORNING WAVES

When the fog moved out the waves moved in and surfers had a great time. There were 4 photographers in the water getting some great images. The waves were fast but had ride worthy tubes. The dolphins never seemed to wipeout selection only the best waves to...

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SURF’S UP!

We are now finally getting some winter surf. Even had a Green Flash sunset. I'm getting ready for the meteor shower tomorrow in the early morning. Then a day of tracking the waves.

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FISH NET DAMAGE

While looking for waves in the fog this morning I found this sea lion at La Jolla Cove with orange fishing net wrapped around his head. There were 12 photographers there with their long lenses taking pictures of the birds and not one of them had noticed the sea lion....

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A GOOD HARVEST

Our harvest of pistachio nut have been processed by Setton farms this year and they turned out very nice. Very tasty as Setton dry roasts the nuts in sea salt. 30 grams of shelled nuts has 170 calories, no trans fats, 21% Lipides, 0% cholesterol,12% fiber, 2% Vitamine...

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IN THE GREEN ROOM

The waves in Cayucos today are green. The wind is blowing off shore at 25-30mph and with the sun out the air temp is 68F. The is no one on the beach except a few surf fishermen and one or two surfers and one lite surfer. There are lots of birds in the water and the...

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END OF THE STORM

I left the office tonight about 4:30 to avoid the traffic and saw the storm opening up after dumping an inch of rain. I headed to the beach and parked to watch the clouds pass overhead. I looked in my rear view mirror and saw this double rainbow over the lagoon. I...

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LUNAR ECLIPSE

This was the last Lunar Eclipse of 2011 at 6a.m. this morning. Fortunate that the sky was clear but the temp at the beach was 38 degrees and the wind made it feel even colder. I didn't have gloves and my hands were so cold it was very difficult to operate the camera....

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LOW TIDE SUNSET

After work today I wandered down to the beach to watch the moon rise and see the sunset. There was no wind and no waves, it was glassy and flat and cool crisp air. I used the Canon 24mm TS lens and took a few pictures with the 5DMK2. Due to the angle of the...

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REBEL’S DAY OUT

Shelly Brinton's horse Rebel is a wonderful horse and very well trained by Shelly. He is very gentle but has a spirit that lives up to his name. She brought him out from New Hampshire a few years ago because her job took her to San Diego. He enjoys our temperate...

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THANKSGIVING WAVES

Went to the beach this morning at high tide and saw some good, glassy waves. Then drove south to La Jolla to watch them crash against the cliffs. It was a beautiful Thanksgiving morning.

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AN HDR CLASS

Last night I helped Steve Burns with his HDR photo class that met last night to photograph the skyline of San Diego in the fog. The fog was not planned. nut added an interesting effect to the images. There were about 30 students there with every king of camera, mostly...

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