Recently, Southern California has experienced a Red Tide, a phenomenon also known as an algal bloom – an event in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly within water columns and results in the discoloration of surface water. (Thank you Wikipedia). During the daylight hours, our ocean has appeared murky and red. Slightly foreboding (if you ask me) – and most definitely teeming with sharks.
Okay, maybe the shark thing is a bit of a stretch.
Night time is a completely different story – and I had to see the glowing, effervescent waves myself. Camera in tow, of course.
Sorry about the blurry factor. I’m still playing around with the night time stuff, exposure, and shutter speed. Auto focus was out of the question – it was too dark. And keeping the camera perfectly still for 4-10 seconds was challenging, but prompted some creative solutions. And then – unlike my moon pictures, the waves didn’t just stop, and between shots I enjoyed watching the glowing tide rolling in. Watching an older gentleman standing at the water’s edge, perfectly still and just taking in the natural wonder, was one of my favorite moments – and shots.
Even though I love taking pictures, sometimes I have to remind myself to put the camera down, and just take everything in. Last night I certainly did.