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So often when visiting my folks on the Central Coast of California my mom and I take our cameras and head north toward Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon, and Big Sur. But this time we decided to do something different – something we’d never done before. We headed south to the Ventura Pier, and then stopped in Santa Barbara on our way back.
Its not that we’ve never been to Ventura or Santa Barbara – but they are usually places we drive through (often) to get somewhere else (usually, San Diego).
Photographing the Ventura Pier
The fog took its sweet time burning off and we never saw the sun. So we shot the Ventura pier in the fog. It was chilly, breezy, and quiet except for the crashing of the waves against the rocks.
I started out working with my 10-stop ND filter and capturing a few long exposures. I love the silky texture of the water, the motion of the flags, and the crisp details of the pier and foreground rocks.
After working the long exposures I switched to HDR to capture the detail of this gorgeous turquoise lifeguard stand. I really love the perspective I’m able to capture with my wide angle lens.
Where to Eat in Ventura
By the time we’d finished shooting the Ventura pier it was time for lunch. We headed to the Lure Fish House – a great restaurant only a few blocks from the beach. Mom & I shared a crab cake salad and the Campechana ceviche. Both were amazing. I highly recommend Lure if you find yourself in Ventura!
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