One of the best places for some nighttime long exposure shooting, in my opinion, is El Matador State Beach over in Malibu. First of all, it’s a beach that’s at a nice distance away from the city lights. Second, there are a tremendous amount of rock formations all across the sand just touching the water. Third, after sunset it becomes totally deserted because parking lot gate gets closed up by some park rangers. But if a guy like me can find perfectly legal parking on the street, which isn’t tough at all, then the beach is nice and free for some uninterrupted night shooting. Of course, as you can see it’s not completely dark out there. Up above on the ledge overlooking the beach, a bright yellow light was shining bright to one side, totally painting the far end. Of course, this didn’t stop me from opening up my shutter, but I was worried that it would ruin the scene. But once I got a look at it on a decent laptop screen, I quite enjoyed how the light painted the rock. And lucky for me to catch one star that was brighter than the rest headed right in that direction. The light seemed to act as a beacon to guide that one star to this beach. It was quite cool and once weather gets warmer out here, I think I’ll head back for another shoot of this spot!
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