One of the reasons why I was so excited to move to the west coast was for the opportunity to explore the American southwest. As soon as we set up shop in LA, we started to knock the National parks off of our visit list. Of all the National Parks that calls the American southwest home, none is more spectacular than the Zion National Park. For such a small park it packs so many incredible sights as well as experiences per square mile. There is a reason why it’s one of the most popular parks in the National Park system.
I came across this shot from one of our earlier visits to the Zion Canyon as was reviewing my images. We were on a hike to the emerald pools when we came across these wispy little waterfalls. In a park full of sheer canyon edges, this innocent looking waterfalls and pools have caused more accidents than any other part of the park. The rock here is extremely slippery, and as you enjoy the ponds, it’s easy to forget how smooth the edges are and how they can turn deadly if you are not careful. These waterfalls form as each of these emerald pools gets filled with water and starts to overflow off a cliff. If you happen to visit after a rare desert rainstorm, then you might see a thicker curtain falls, but most of the time, they look like this. I loved the contrast they made against the deep reds of the wet canyon walls and the green vegetation. Plus, it's beautiful to see water anytime in a desert.
Coogee Surf Lifesaving Club's Bath
Coogee Beach, New South Wales
A cloudy start at the famous Coogee Bath. There was hardly any light breaking through the dense cloud. I had to add a little Lightroom magic to create more drama in the sky. What drawn me to this scene was the water cascading down the side of the pool and the occasional big splash as the wave collides with the concrete perimeter. Overall, I am happy that the final image turned out to be similar as what I envisioned.
2 exp (foreground and sky) blended manually in Photoshop
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When we moved to Los Angeles, I was super excited about exploring the amazing number on national and state parks that California has to offer. My wife on the other hand had slightly different plan, she was more interested in exploring the cute little towns, food hubs, and other quirky attractions. To her eternal irritation I often got my way on our initial trips due to my constant planning and her busy schedule. After about a year of national parks and solitude, she put her foot down and got her way. So, as part of her plan we visited the Hearst Castle in San Simeon.
Now this is a very popular attraction for folks visiting California and a lot of the residents of San Francisco and Los Angeles. This makes the Hearst Castle a very busy location and pretty expensive to get a ticket. We visited on a beautiful day and spend our initial time on a tour and then basically wandered around the premises enjoying the fantastic views from high perch of the castle grounds. To be honest we both found the whole thing very boring until we stumbled into the roman pool section of the building. The amazing blue tiles and their stunning reflections in the pool provided me with some stunning photo opportunities. Another shot I took here and posted way before is one of my most popular shots on Flickr and I didn’t think enough of this shot to post it then. But my processing skills have increased since then and I think I have done a decent job on it to be eligible for posting.
This is the Roman pool from Hearst castle which is located near San Simeon California. Located just after the Big Sur coastline, Hearst Castle is a must visit if you love architecture and old fashioned grandeur. The place is nothing short of stunning but pretty difficult to shoot with the light coming through the windows illuminating certain parts of the pretty dark room. I had to jack up my ISO to 500 to get a pretty decent shutter speed. This one is a 5 shot HDR as they dont allow tripods, hope you all like it..