Posts in Category: Sunset

Oceanside Beach Wedding

Shooting at sunset on the beach is one of my favorite situations to shoot in. You really cant go wrong. I normally combine natural and off camera lighting, and shoot many different poses. In this series, I asked the bride and groom to run from the water to the camera several times. This frame was my favorite. This shot really shows the couple’s personality, and I love it.

Caption: Oceanside Beach Wedding
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/200 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100
Flash: Off Camera, On, Fired
Keywords: beach, bride, evening, groom, ocean, oceanside, off camera flash, off camera lighting, running, sand, sunset, waves, wedding
Date: November 7, 2015 4:52:43PM
Location: Oceanside, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.184786, -117.376274

Oceanside Beach Wedding

Oceanside Beach Wedding

You Might As Well Jump

I remember playing the Van Halen song “Jump” in my head while I was shooting this. Part of the song’s lyrics are “Might as well jump. Jump!”. Anytime someone in the bridal party mentions anything about jumping, I’m game. The results are always funny. It does take timing, but I’ve done enough of these that I have the timing down pretty good. I can nail it on the first shot, as long as my subjects are jumping at the same time – and that takes a few attempts.

Caption: You Might As Well Jump
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 2500
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: Joy, Play, bridesmaids, fun, groom, groomsmen, happy, jump, jumping, point loma, sunset, thursday club san diego, wedding
Date: February 14, 2015 5:06:39PM
Location: Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.728766, -117.249529

You Might As Well Jump

You Might As Well Jump

Coronado Shores

This was a shot from a recent wedding in Coronado, Ca. The bride wanted sunset silhouette shots, so of course I did what I was told. After we took the silhouette shots, I opted to turn on my strobe, and you see the result here. This was done with high speed sync with my favorite light.

Caption: Coronado Shores
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Shot at 24 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/500 sec, f/9, ISO 200
Flash: Off camera strobe, camera right, Fired
Keywords: Coronado, Coronado Shores, beach, clouds, ocean, rocks, san diego, sunset
Date: August 1, 2015 7:23:32PM
Location: Coronado, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.678784, -117.179983

Coronado Shores

Coronado Shores

San Diego Skyline

I’ve shot this scene countless times. This one was taken June of 2011. The shot really isn’t that hard, it’s just getting up early enough and driving down to San Diego that is the tough part. So many photographers shoot this scene at sunset. The real beauty of the San Diego skyline only comes out at dawn. I’ll just keep this little secret to myself. If you live in SoCal and want to give this shot a try, my GPS coordinates, and time taken are below. You’ll just have to determine what time sunrise was on the day I shot this, and use the same offset for the day you plan to shoot.

I prefer the black and white version. The color version is quite striking. You can see another shot that I posted in color when the tide was higher.

Caption: San Diego Skyline
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/2
Exposure: Manual exposure, 30 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: Coronado, black and white, cityscape, clouds, downtown, low tide, san diego, san diego bay, san diego skyline, sunrise, waterfront
Date: June 4, 2011 5:04:28AM
Location: Coronado, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.700284, -117.172834

San Diego Skyline

San Diego Skyline

Sunset Santa Monica Pier

I shot this during Trey Ratcliff’s Photowalk across the USA. I already posted this photo as part of that gallery, but I wanted to write a bit about this photo in particular.

Shooting into the sun is very hard on your eyes – except if you are shooting mirrorless. This is one of the areas that mirrorless excels. All you have to do is set the camera to manual, dial in the aperture, ISO, and then adjust the shutter (set a fast shutter to start so you can look into the setting sun easily) until you like what you see on the screen, then pull the trigger. Optical viewfinders would be tough with this shot because you have to look directly into the sun, then chimp each shot until you have what you want. Yes, you can do it, but you will be seeing spots for a few minutes. I have already said that Sony has a long way to go, but this is one of the reasons I like mirrorless.

Caption: Sunset Santa Monica Pier
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Sony A6000
Lens: E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, Shot at 70 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100
Keywords: Santa Monica, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica Pier, beach, pier, summer, sunset
Date: August 22, 2015 7:22:57PM
Location: Santa Monica, California, United States

Sunset Santa Monica Pier

Sunset Santa Monica Pier