August 20, 2018
This summer I visited a few local beaches at the nearby Pacific coast in Northern California I haven't explored before. I did something similar back in the Summer of 2016. Like so often with Summer at the coast, the days started with plenty of fog. Sometimes even lasting for the entire day. Still, I enjoyed the time at the sea greatly and I came home with a few pictures I like. I am grateful that after all that years I can still find new opportunities to make pictures within just one hour or so car ride.
The first beach I visited was Whitehouse Creek Beach. It is located about 13 miles North of Davenport. There is a short trail from a nondescript parking lot right at the beautiful Hwy 1. As mentioned before, it was rather foggy when I arrived and I had the entire beach almost all to myself. Making pictures in fog has its own set of challenges. It is not so much the proper exposure, but to find an intriguing composition with my preferred subjects usually sitting right in the sea. Later in the morning the fog started to clear and eventually the horizon appeared. I think the three pictures from that morning illustrate the changing conditions rather nicely.
After leaving Whitehouse Creek Beach I stopped for a quick lunch break. And after I had finished, the sun had entirely dissipated the fog. I therefore decided to make a first time visit to nearby Greyhound Rock County Park, which is located 9 miles north of Davenport. The condition couldn't have been more different. Plenty of sunshine with a few thin clouds. Naturally, the pictures have a different ambiance to them.
A different day brings different conditions? Not really! There was dense fog when I arrived at Gazos Creek Beach (part of the wonderful Año Nuevo State Park, about 15 miles North of Davenport). And there was still plenty of fog when I left five hours later. Fortunately Mother Nature gifted me a few moments with some increased visibility. I spent most of the time waiting for the fog to lift somewhat for a second time after I had set up a picture I liked when it had lifted a while the first time around. So all in all a wonderful opportunity to just relax and letting my thoughts wander.