Don’t Jump

Ocean Life

Yep, I could get used to this.

*Don’t Jump – Sunset Cliffs // San Diego, California*

I think the best beaches are the ones that you have to pass a sign that says ‘Danger, Sheer Unstable Cliffs, Stay Back.’ If they aren’t the best beaches, they are definitely less crowded, which is a plus in my book. Unfortunately I only had one night to visit Sunset Cliffs, so I made sure to take in the experience. Luckily, after a few trips in to the ocean and a quick nap, the light began to cooperate.

Look carefully, and you’ll see the two up on the top of the cliffs.

Sunset Cliffs San Diego William Woodward

Alone on the Beach

Running Owl

One day, I’ll find this owl.  Thanks to Austin Thomas for the shot.


Alone on the Beach – Blacks Beach // San Diego, California

Another instance of being stranded out somewhere well after dark because I stayed out to shoot a sunset. I realized about 30 minutes after the sun went down that I had at least an hour walk back to the car, and the problem with that was that I didn’t exactly know where the trail that would take me up to the car was.

In lieu of making this a bad situation, and with the glow of San Diego in the distance, I decided to take the oppotunity to capture the far off city, and the stars that hung in the sky. Oh, and I did find the trail, but not after walking about a third of the way up the wrong trail and realizing that I didn’t recognize parts of the trail that I should. I made it home before midnight 

For those of you slightly more interested in the technical side, I’ll be adding this information a little more often.  You can always see what gear I’m using in my Gear Bag.
Nikon D7000

Blacks Beach San Diego William Woodward

Surf Life

Telling a Story

I think my favorite images tell a story.  Not necessarily the whole story, but just enough to be interesting.

Surf Life – La Jolla Beach // San Diego, California

I’ve been sitting on this photo for a while now. Not sure why, every time I looked at it in my library I enjoyed it, and thought about it, but wasn’t quite sure what it needed. I love having a good log of photos to be able to work on just for that reason, sometimes a photo just takes time.

I plan on owning a surf board one day. And maybe a little shack near a beach, somewhere warm and tropical.

Surf La Jolla Beach William Woodward

As the Sun Rises on San Diego


I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I think the human condition has such a draw towards water.

As the Sun Rises on San Diego

During this shot I was constantly running back up to my car to make sure it wasn’t getting towed. I was certain I heard the beep of a tow truck several times. Luckily, that didn’t happen, and the sun rise cooperated nicely.

Check out the behind the scenes photo HERE.

Sun Rises San Diego William Woodward

On the Edge of the World

Ultra Long Exposures

I’ve been attempting something pretty new for me here lately, it’s the art of Ultra Long Exposure photography.  The image below, it was taken at a third of a second.  That’s 0.333 seconds.  The longest that I’ve tried last week was over 500 seconds, over 8 minutes!  As you can imagine, the truly interesting thing about this is going to be the contrast between the motion of certain parts of the scene, and the steadfastness of others.  Clouds become streaks, water becomes completely flat, but many objects are steadfast.  It should be a very interesting contradiction.

On the Edge of the World

Over the weekend I had some time to work on developing photos, and it was nice to get back to a California state of mind. Ending up on the beach each evening after work was a great way to wind down, and there were a number of nights with perfect sunsets. I use this saying a lot, but it was like being a kid in a candy store, running around trying different compositions.

The Edge La Jolla Beach William Woodward



To the winners, Mindy and Adam, who were notified via Google + and Facebook yesterday afternoon.


This massive rock was just a dot on the horizon when I started walking towards it. Little did I know at the time how awesome it would be up close.  I ended up just spending a lot of time exploring it’s nooks and crannies, and just enjoying being around something so awesome.  Sometimes you need to take some time and just sit back, away from the camera, and just enjoy the amazing things around you.  And being on a beach doesn’t hurt 😛

Grandios Blacks Beach William Woodward