On a beautiful Monday in December, with no work scheduled, should one start his Christmas shopping, or take a leisurely 25-minute drive to Malibu? I chose the latter, as there were a lot of high clouds around, and the prospects for a pretty sunset on the beach appeared decent. The mall would have to wait another day for me.
This local photo expedition was a lot of fun, and the sunset was indeed splendid, if not insanely awesome!
The first image below is of Santa Catalina Island, from Charmlee Park (south of Westlake Village). Next is Point Dume and Palos Verdes Peninsula.
Once on the beach, I had shoes off and my 15mm lens on the Canon 5D Mark II. Most of the images below had exposure times of about 1 to 5 seconds, and were tripodded, of course.
There were a couple of dozen folks enjoying the sunset and nice, warm weather at this beach, but by the time I took the last shot above, the place was deserted. It was time to make my way up the stairs and steep pathway up to the parking lot…BUT WAIT! The full moon was rising, and there was enough light on the land for a little more long-exposure photography! The shots below were 20 to 30 seconds in length.