I know the photo above looks like a postcard from the 1940s. When I looked at it in Lightroom it was hopelessly overexposed and this was the best I could do to bump it up, but in terms of showing the area it was the best image. The whole purpose this day was to shoot pictures of birds, not landscapes, so please accept it for what it is.
Malibu Lagoon State Beach is also known as Surfrider Beach, To the left is the Malibu Sport Fishing Pier and in the background, the Santa Monica Mountains.As I know absolutely nothing about surfing, this is quoted from Wikipedia:
Malibu Lagoon is a famous right-break that had a big impact on the surfing culture in Southern California in the 1960s. Located near the Malibu Pier, it is among the most popular surf spots in Los Angeles County. The shoreline is usually triple-cornered due to the buildup of silt, sand, and cobble at the mouth of the creek. The tapering, smooth-breaking waves are recognized among surfers worldwide as the gold standard for summertime “point” surf.
Malibu Lagoon has three primary surfing areas. First Point has waves popular with longboarders and shortboarders during bigger swells. Second Point is used for high performance surfing. It has a main takeoff that lines up and connects into the inside called the “kitty bowl”. Third Point has a left and right side. On the south swells most common in late August and September, surfers can ride all the way to the pier.
Enough about surfing and on to the birds.
When I showed up for the class I was intimidated as most of the students were sporting 600mm lenses and I had my lowly 70-300mm lens. As more people arrived I felt better to see some others with similar lenses to mine. A couple of people had rented their 600mm for the day. Why didn’t I think about that? Oh, because I rarely use my 70-300 and this was my opportunity to put it to good use.
I have to admit I had a hard time focusing on the birds. I realized that if I wanted to be a professional bird photographer (I don’t) I would certainly need to invest in a 600mm lens. I had to crop in really tightly in Lightroom to make the birds a decent size.
Cropping that much I could see some of the birds probably weren’t in tack sharp focus… at least not enough to be in Audubon Magazine… but just fine for my blog! A tripod would have helped my unsteady hand too. I also realize to be a bird photographer you have to have patience, waiting for just the right moment. And you need to be ready. I think I’ll stick to landscapes and architecture that doesn’t move just when you have the shot set up!
Nevertheless, I had a great day and might go back on my own another time to try again.
So please enjoy the rest of my photos from Malibu Lagoon State Beach. Click on a photo to begin the slide show.
I’ve always liked watching pelicans but now I have a new respect for them. Although they seem clumsy on land, in the air and water they are incredibly graceful.
See my other Malibu posts at:
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