La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a beautifully cozy, small beach surrounded by rocky cliffs in southern California, only a short drive from downtown San Diego.  There’s a park adjacent to the cove, and eccentric shops lined along the streets which pass through La Jolla.

If you’re ever in the San Diego area, I recommend visiting La Jolla…both the town and the cove.

Leica M9 with Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 at f/13, ISO 160, 1/180s.
Late afternoon in La Jolla: Leica M9 with Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 at f/13, ISO 160, 1/180s. Click on the image to view in full-size (5212 x 3468 px).

The image below was taken inside the cove, along the western edge of the beach.  I hung out in the cove until after sunset (it’s an awesome place to take in a setting sun), and dropped the tripod down just outside the reach of the relatively peaceful and cooperative tide.  The sun set behind me, which provided almost perfectly warm, diffused lighting of the rocks and beach inside the cove.

I used an ND filter to slow down the exposure to 15 seconds; the long exposure made the ebb and flow of the tide splashing against the rocks look like a soft, foggy mist.

Image was converted to black and white via Adobe Lightroom.  Click on the photograph to view in full-size (7103 x 3503 px):

Nikon D800 with Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm at f/16, ISO 100, 15s. Singh-Ray 5 stop neutral density filter.  Really Right Stuff TQC-14 tripod.


Happy Shooting!

2 thoughts on “La Jolla Cove

  1. The La Jolla cove is the most beautiful spot for photographers, been there many times. Great shots of yours


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