The Long Way Around - Boneyards

Palos Verdes is known for it's dangerous cliffs.  A quick google search will quickly reveal all the deaths from the unstable soil along the cliffs or the sea slurping up people that aren't familiar with the massive swell and rocky coastline.   Last night I shot a model that I had worked with on a commercial shoot for Blackrapid a few months ago.   In the last post I talked about how I almost fell off a cliff in PV while location hunting.  For this shoot I tried to keep to the basics when it came to gear.  The bitch of it was carrying the C-Stand, Avenger 20', 25lbs sandbag, minivagabond/Einstein, D800 24-70/50 1.4/105 2.0, scrimjim and Buff octabox down some bad ass terrain.   More on the 'Boneyards' at the end.

Roots coming out of the cliff.  I was thinking I might do something dark.

Roots coming out of the cliff.  I was thinking I might do something dark.


Seaweed rocks at low tide. 

Seaweed rocks at low tide. 

All that work in location hunting was worth it.  I'll come back to shoot here again;  I didn't shoot half of what's available in terms of interesting backdrops.   Time for a gear shot:

The basic rig I used.  I didn't even use the C-stand.  That 25lbs sandbag holds down the Avenger 20' pretty good.

The basic rig I used.  I didn't even use the C-stand.  That 25lbs sandbag holds down the Avenger 20' pretty good.

It's tough balancing such high contrasty areas.  The sweet spot is honestly 20 minutes before the sun hits the horizon.  

Test shot that I wound up liking.

Test shot that I wound up liking.

I like to mix it up when searching for a shot.  Shoot wide and shoot in tight too.  I think I was using the 24-70 here.

I like to mix it up when searching for a shot.  Shoot wide and shoot in tight too.  I think I was using the 24-70 here.

We decided the Chucks were a bit cheeky and ditched them.  

We decided the Chucks were a bit cheeky and ditched them.  

Not much else to say for the moment.  These shots haven't been retouched.  I might do some playing around with clouds because I didn't get lucky with good clouds on this shoot.  I have a collection of clouds;  it's just a matter of finding the right cloud for the shot.  A bit of work but I think it makes a huge difference.  A few more pics and I'm out....! #GGWellPlayed 

Broke out the 105 2.0

Broke out the 105 2.0

#seaweedhair

#seaweedhair

Boneyards - you might have guessed it...knuckle heads have fallen from the cliffs and a few cars have rolled off in the sea as well.  I saw a car engine laying in the water to prove it.  How else did it get there?  When you salvage a car off the cliffs...you leave the engine.  

Word on Palos Verdes.  It's amazing but the locals have had a history of protecting their turf.  A lot of surfers from other areas have been making a fuss over the surfers protecting their territory.  The truth is that the locals respect the environment and surf with a code of ethics.  When there are too many people out on a particular break, wait your turn until somebody comes in.  Don't hog the waves, move out of the way when you're suppose to.  My point is that even as a photographer I could be subjected to some hazing because of yahoos messing it up for everyone.  I do love this location and it's in my backyard #ohyeah