Join Mikkel Aaland for an in-depth discussion in this video Capturing the drama of the ocean, part of Travel Photography: Seaside Road Trip.
So, I wanted to get some, cave shots.…And I want to use some lights in the cave, but…it was a little too bright, so I left the…models up by the cave and I just strolled along…the beach, really just enjoying the, this late afternoon light.…And I wanted to get some surf shots as well.…I haven't really gotten as many as I wanted this time.…So when I was shooting the waves I can't control the waves.…I mean I can't tell the wave go this way…(SOUND),…You know, it would be wonderful if you could.…So you really have to kind of…(SOUND)…And what I was looking for was just…those moments right before a wave breaks when you…can see some of the blue, the green, the color in there before it all turns white.…
And then forget it because it's not that interesting at that point.…(SOUND)…so you get a back lit wave, which you won't get on the east coast of course.…(SOUND)…(SOUND)…It's just there for a second, and then when the wave crashes, it's gone.…So I did that, and then I was walking along the beach.…
I saw some dogs, you know.…
In this course, photographer Mikkel Aaland travels to Mendocino, a classic seaside small town in Northern California, making stops in Mendocino's Anderson Valley and redwood forests along the way. The course details the gear and shooting strategies involved in capturing the personality of a small town and, just as important, its natural setting and the people who live there. Throughout the course, Mikkel emphasizes the importance of putting your own creative stamp on your travel photos through the use of simple props, friends, or family members.
- Shooting along the way, from farm stands to redwoods
- Engaging with—and photographing—the locals
- Going beyond the postcard shot to personalize your photos
- Stopping at a bed and breakfast
- Shooting dunes, waves, and beaches
- Reviewing the photos from the road trip