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As the Waves Came In


My time in this world is limited, but the things that I can do in that time are not. ~ Jeb Corliss

So I haven’t been doing as good on putting up tons of new photos like I said I would… I promise it’s all for good reason, aka there is so much new stuff to go out and shoot, and it’s fall, so all the colors are changing!

As the Waves Came In – Pheiffer Beach // California

There are certain photos that just stick out in your mind I think.  Ones that have a special meaning to you, or had something memorable happen while they were taking place.  This is one of those shots for me.  I revamped it a little from last time it was posted, trying to bring back a little more natural look than before (this seems to be a theme lately).   It was a bit of a fluke that we even happened to find Pheiffer Beach this night, as the signage is nearly non-existent roadside.  Having passed where we should have turned, we made it all the way to Carmel, where we happened to find a touch of cell phone service.  That was just enough to get a call out.  After some brief phone description, a fair amount of remote google searching, and some luck, a picture message came thru on the phone that had a small sign that we were supposed to look out for.  Luckily, the picture came thru about 30 seconds before we saw that sign.

Keystone rock is pretty famously photographed in the winter months, when the sun sets just perfect that you can see it thru the keyway.  I kind of like this, though, a bit moody, with a touch of dark, edging on the darker side of evening.  As for the memories, they will always be there, flowing on the waves.

Waves Pheiffer Beach William Woodward

Ascending to the Fog

Busy Week

I hope to get things settled down in a bit in about a month, but until then, it’s going to be crazy.  Lots of big things going on behind the scenes, so I hope to have some announcements here soon.

Ascending to the Fog – Golden Gate Bridge // SF, CA

I was able to snap this shot off while crossing the GGB this spring. Karl the Fog had not been particularly cooperating from the top of the Marin Headlands, but from down here, it worked out perfectly.  I don’t condone photographing while driving, but I know that I’m guilty of it 🙂

Golden Gate Bridge William Woodward

Riding Down the PCH – Big Sur, California


I plan on spending some time on the northern portion of the PCH here soon 😉

*Riding Down the PCH – Big Sur, California*

There’s something special about slowly exploring the Pacific Coast. Of all the road trips, so far I might rate Route 1 at or very near the top.

After finding a camping spot for the night, we decided to go for a drive, heading north towards Bixby Bridge (which you can see off in the distance) and ending up at Pfieffer Beach for blue hour.

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Highway 1 Big Sur William Woodward

Fading Away

Road Tripping

Looks like there will be a new/unexpected road trip coming up.  Yellowstone’s a possibility, other ideas for the Wyoming/Montana area are welcome!

Fading Away – Golden Gate Bridge // San Francisco, CA

I can understand why people can have such a love for this bridge. It’s beauty and simplicity coexist in such a harmonious balance, that sometimes you forget that was built for people transportation, not just for people viewing. I don’t foresee a time that I’ll visit SF and not take in a sunrise or sunset with the bridge, and hopefully Karl the Fog will join the party also.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco William Woodword

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

Night Lights

New Prints

I just finished up this photo for my friend Philippe Gardner. We’ll be printing this large, I mean really large, 40×70, on Aluminum from Bay Photo Lab for his dining room. Needless to say, I’m excited.

*Night Lights – ‘Urban Light’ // Los Angeles, California*

It was maybe 1 or 2a.m. by the time we finally got our bags and made it thru the car rental.  Definitely later than expected, and later than we would have liked to be exploring the area.  But, when time is tight, make the most of it!  We’ve only got so much in any given day, month or year, so use it when you have it. In the end, I think I like that we were here so late.  It gave a chance to see the lights without all the people that I would expect are normally visiting.  But, I do like the couple of kids that were hanging out on the stairs.  Sometimes a human element gives a little extra something to a photo.

Night Lights Los Angeles William Woodward