Saturday, January 31, 2009

Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair
Originally uploaded by smgallery
This is from my summer excursion. I worked a total of 6 fairs, so this shots from the Minnesota State Fair.

The fairs I traveled:

San Diego Fair
Costa Mesa Fair
Minnesota State Fair
Oklahoma State Fair
Tulsa State Fair
Arabian Horse Show, Tulsa, OK

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Abalone Cove

Abalone Cove
Originally uploaded by smgallery
I've had a few people ask me about which filters I use, so here it goes.
-Lee Filters Holder System Foundation Kit which does not include the Lens Adaptor Ring. Together its about $150 & no you do not see the filter when shooting even @ 10mm
-4"x6" Lee .75 ND Grad Hard
-4"x6" Cokin Z-Pro Graduated Neutral Density filter: Tobacco 125S

Prints For Sale

Location: 5500 Palos Verdes Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Hours: Monday-Friday 12-4 p.m.; weekends and holidays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Parking: $5 in a big dirt lot

Phone: (310) 377- 0360

Beach Information
Special Comments: Looking off of the cliffs the view is amazing. You can enjoy scuba diving and fishing at this beach. This is an exquisite spot to have lunch on one of the many picnic tables. It's a steep trail down to a long sandy shoreline. There is no food in the area, so pack a lunch. Restrooms are located at the trailhead and down below on the beach. Fishing is not allowed at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. Facilities include diving, picnic tables, lifeguards and tidepools.

Restrooms: Located at the trailhead and on the beach.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Dream Homes
Originally uploaded by smgallery
Corona del Mar (Spanish for the Crown of the Sea) is a community as beautiful as its name. Nestled on the foot of the San Joaquin Hills and fronting the Pacific Ocean, Corona del Mar ranges along a bluff at the south end of Newport Beach and includes some of Orange County's most prestigious residential areas.

Offering a unique selection of shopping, restaurants, services and retail fashions, our seaside village is conveniently located just 50 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport, 4 miles west of John Wayne Airport and 70 miles north of San Diego.
Click here for a location map

The Chamber serves as a strategic business resource dedicated to developing the local business environment and enhancing the quality of life in Corona del Mar. Dedicated to providing unique and customized promotional benefits and networking opportunities to meet the expanding needs of our member organization...Click here for more info

Santa Ana River Jetties

Santa Ana River Jetties
Originally uploaded by smgallery
The Santa Ana River Jetties is actually one large area…but it has several distinct sub-areas. Most people consider the zone that starts directly south of the Brookhurst Outflow and runs to a couple hundred feet south of the Santa Ana River Mouth to be the actual River Jetties surf spot. Personally, because the influence of the river mouth is so great, I feel that you should include all of the coast down to about Prospect St. (which is a couple of hundred yards north of the 56th street jetty).

The northern part of the SNA River Jetties is one of the most visible surf spots in Newport. You can see it as you drive over the PCH bridges that separate Huntington Beach from Newport. It is also sort of a weird no-mans land between the two cities. It is actually managed by the county and partially by the state beach. It has a separate lifeguard agency, from either Newport Guards or HB State Beach, and even the single tower doesn’t have a number on it…just the letter “R”, which I like to think stands for River Tower. What is really nice about this set-up is that they don’t blackball this area…it stays surfable all day even when the other beaches have banned hard surfboards.

The River Jetties has three rock jetties that were put in place by the Army Corp of Engineers to stabilize the sand flow at the mouth of the Santa Ana River. Two of the jetties sit on the north side of the river and the other, which is a little shorter, rests on the south side. It is the combination of the river, these jetties, and the various sand transport currents that helps to build a part of the most consistent sand bar in North Orange County. The bar generally starts up around the Brookhurst jetties and then ends down past the river proper.

While most of the sand stays around the river it does occasionally make its way down the beach…and after good rains or big swells you can have some excellent sand bars down in “official” Newport territory.

Overall the waves in this area are pretty good most of the time and can be excellent on the right swell mix. The sandbar helps keep it breaking through all but the most extreme high tides. The waves are steep, hollow, and can get pretty closed out on bigger S and WNW swells. Combo swells work best at this spot, like most of the breaks in the region, so expect it to get good when you have the magic swell combo mix of S and WNW energy and offshore winds.

This spot actually does pretty well on windswell too. The shallower sandbar helps the shorter-period swell set up further off the beach, and in a more energetic fashion that a deeper bar would.

One big drawback about the River Jetties, and Brookhurst, is the water quality. The combination of pollutants from the storm drains and the junk that comes down the Santa Ana river keeps water-quality on the marginal side most of the year. If there is any sort of rainfall it knocks the water quality right into the hazardous range.

Spot details:
Best swell direction: SE-SW (160-210+) and W-NW (260-290)
Best Wind: N-NE-E, light-moderate Santa Ana winds are the best.
Sea Floor: Sand…really shallow sand, and few rocks near the jetties
Best Season: Summer, Fall, and Winter can all be equally great. Fall is the most consistent.

Crowds: Most of the time not too bad. But it can get super crowded. You see heavy crowds when it is the only sandbar working or on weekends, particularly in the summer.

Posted by Adam Wright at 11:27 pm

Labels: newport beach, orange county, santa ana river jetties, southern california, surf break maps

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Down with the LBC

Down with the LBC
Originally uploaded by smgallery
As you might of heard I finally got the chance to meet John aka Extra Medium
He had a very unique client shoot yesterday which took us to Shoreline Park in Long Beach. I photographed behind the scenes of John and a yoga instructor in various poses on the beach and park, and then we went to town with the amazing weather!