While in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in early June I spent some time in the water shooting wave abstracts. The set I previously posted where taken right on the beach in small shore break. A few days later a little bit larger swell showed up and I was able to go out to the sand bar and get in some deeper water. This really let me get under the larger waves a bit to get some other unique angles. I really love how waves look underwater after they have broke. It reminds me of a big thunderstorm that looks like it is about to burst with lightning.
Possibly one of the biggest things that I miss most about the East Coast are the frequent thunderstorms. California doesn’t have thunderstorms on any kind of regular basis. I think that I have seen lightning 2-3 times in Los Angeles in the almost four years I have lived here. While I was on vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in June I had the opportunity to take some lightning photos during a brief late afternoon/evening thunderstorm. I spent a good couple hours, all the way until it was dark and storm had moved too far off shore, shooting the lightning. The first and second photos are composites of several shots taken over a few minutes from the same location and the third is a single exposure.
Lindsay and I decided that instead of trying to deal with crowds, parking, more crowds and traffic to watch the Rose Bowl Fireworks show that we would instead hike up into the mountains just up the street from our house to get a vantage point over the entire LA Basin. While we were not the only people in Pasadena to have this people it was much more relaxing than sitting in traffic at the Rose Bowl. We managed to find a nice flat spot with a great view not even a quarter of a mile up the Echo Mountain Trail and set up camp for the evening. With two hours to go I set up the camera and then we broke out a card game to kill time until sunset and the fireworks. The view from the mountains was amazing. Everywhere we looked there were fireworks shooting up into the sky with the Rose Bowl show as the centerpiece. The Rose Bowl show was fantastic but the real treat was after the fireworks were done and we were at the bottom of the trail. Looking back up into the mountains we could see the hoards of people walking back down the mountain with their headlamps glowing. Every single switchback on the trail was completely lined with lights. It was as if there were extra stars in the sky. I managed to take two shots before we had to get going to beat all the traffic back home. Another plus to the moment was that the stars were actually out. Lucky for us, to the north of LA there is really nothing but desert so there is no light pollution to kill the skies.