The Sad Canoe

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    This was the 5th wedding I’ve shot in Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo county this year, which is strange since it’s 150+ miles from where I live. Now I love to travel, love me a good road trip, and you really can’t beat the natural scenery of California’s central coast. I did a family shoot at Morro Bay in the morning (left just before 7am) and then shot the wedding in the afternoon at one of California’s historic Missions. Right before the ceremony I was driving back from Morro Bay to the mission and literally, emerging in front of me, was this man with a perfectly crafted canoe, in a little bay with Morro Rock in the background. It’s almost like he was waiting for me there, having it all set up, knowing my love for the ocean, dramatic clouds and sushi (has nothing to do with it, I’m just hungry). So I got out and asked him if I could photograph his canoe. Go for it. Got out the tripod, cable release, etc… said, “wow, you’re serious about this” and described him my process, etc. Come to find out he owns a local magazine, and after showing him some pictures, yadda yadda yadda… he might want me to come back up and do some freelance work for him.

    So needless to say, I hope he likes this picture as much as I do.

    I’ve been waiting to do a “lone canoe on the beach” shot for quite some time. Just like my last picture… sometimes I wonder if things are placed in this world for us to find; just need to keep our eyes open to opportunity.

    Marty.FM, mudpig, Anna.Andres, and 47 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Jeff Engelhardt 77 months ago | reply

      who couldn't love that one! congrats on another gig!

    2. steve_rob 77 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot! The composition and processing is perfect.

    3. DELIA CEAUSOGLU 77 months ago | reply

      WOW!WOW!WOW!WOW! ^_____^ This is really lovely!!!I don't find it sad , it rather seems happy :-D anyway this compo is so PERFECT!The canoe was there only for you :-P

    4. PHOTO@E.T. [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      Stunning !!!

    5. mikebaird 77 months ago | reply

      This is one of the best Windy Cove images I have seen in my 8 years of moderating images and teaching photography in the area. For others, Windy Cove is just north of the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay, CA, where I also work as a docent..
      I admin the photomorrobay Flickr Group and invite you to add this Morro Bay-related image to our select collection there for critique or the simple joy of sharing. If you want critique, please add a note to that effect in the image's description.

      Join our photomorrobay Yahoo! Group if you'd like to interact with about 171 other photographers interested in the Morro Bay, CA area - get there via our gateway.

    6. Extra Medium 77 months ago | reply

      - Thanks a bunch Mike. Actually I found your photos a little bit ago researching Cayucos; I'm shooting a wedding there next July, so wanted to see what the lovely city had to offer.

      If you'd like to use this photo for your website or other places, just let me know. I'm pretty flexible and only charge sushi for usage of my photos. :)

    7. Nicolas Valentin 77 months ago | reply

      take me fishing !!

    8. CONOR LEDWITH 77 months ago | reply

      Hope you get well paid for it,(more than sushi) fine image.

    9. amir aazarpaad 77 months ago | reply


    10. gone girl [ negative-nowhere ] 77 months ago | reply

      Awesome...Morro Rock is one of my favorite spots in California

      Great shot!

    11. Doug van Kampen 77 months ago | reply

      Yeah man, that's pretty much one of the most colorful and beautiful images you've *ever* done/processed. Everything in the frame is in all the right places and my eyes just love it. I would have taken this for someplace up here! Way to go for getting *out* there John!

    12. L-T-L 77 months ago | reply

      Now I do like this HDR! Really works here!

    13. walla2chick 77 months ago | reply

      Wonderful rich capture!!

    14. stevewhis 76 months ago | reply

      this is great! love page 2 of your photostream

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