California Photography: Seascapes

Coastal photography taken in San Francisco, San Diego, Big Sur, Santa Barbara and more.


Coastal photography has been one of my main focuses for a long time. Growing up by the sea in San Diego, the ocean has always been a place for me to relax and clear my head. Taking seascape images has allowed me to do two of my favorite things. Spend a day at the beach and shoot photography. Below are images taken over the years from 2011-2018.



These are two of my favorite coastal images I have ever taken. The first taken in San Francisco during a low tide and the second taken at the famous Davenport Crack near Santa Cruz California.



Two completely different compositions and days around the San Francisco coastline. I have gone back to these locations countless times over the years. These two days provided some incredible light.


San Francisco Seascape, Coastal Landscape Photography.
San Francisco Seascape: “Kindred”

Baker Beach, not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. With some incredible winter stormy light and some rough seas.





Two different evenings and perspectives from Rodeo Beach in Marin County.


San Francisco Seascape, Coastal Landscape Photography.
San Francisco Photography: “Golden Gates”

This was by far one of the most incredible displays of light I have ever seen in San Francisco. This panorama shows a 180 degree perspective near the Golden Gate Bridge.





Two different beaches with double sea-stacks. The second image was taken using a twilight blend method. By taking the foreground after sunset and then waiting 20 minutes to capture the sky, so that I could achieve the shorter shutter speed for the water motion with the stars.



One of the more unique rock formations found on the Half Moon Bay coastline.




Found along the Santa Cruz and Davenport coastline are some beautiful rock formations and flows.



Rugged costal cliffs along the Big Sur Coastline. One of my favorite places in California to camp and explore.



While Santa Barbra might not offer the ruggedness of the Northern Coast, there are still some beautiful gems to find.


San Diego Seascape, Coastal Landscape Photography.
San Diego Photography: “Symphony of the Sea”

My hometown of San Diego, where my journey through photography started. I still gain inspiration every time I come back to visit.



San Diego Seascape, Coastal Landscape Photography.
San Diego Seascape: “Through the Cracks”

San Diego Seascape, Coastal Landscape Photography.
San Diego Photography: “From Darkness Comes Light”

Thank you so much for checking out my Coastal California Photography collection. If you would like to learn how I process images like these check out my tutorial page. You can also purchase a print from any of these images, check out my print section or email me for specific requests at shainblumphoto@gmail.com

20 Comments

  1. Wilma van Heerden

    Absolutely breathtaking!

  2. So stunning man! Thanks so much for putting up some high res images for download. Can’t wait to use these as wallpapers. Inspiring work as always.

  3. Nice man, some of the finest seascapes out there.

  4. Lucho Torres

    So much inspiration from this article! I need to move to Cali! Keep inspiring Michael!

  5. Absolutely Stunning collection Michael !

    Your images inspired me from the beginning of my photography career since a few years ago till this day, the composition and quality of your works always inspires me a lot, hope I can reach that level some day haha.

  6. Juan Sanabria

    Thanks Michael, now i can appreciate your excellent work everyday at work

  7. These are outstanding. Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Such an incredible collection of seascapes Michael!

    Thank you so much for uploading them in high resolution also – aside from being the best desktop/phone background it’s super helpful for studying composition, technique, lighting etc 🙂

    – Dale, Australia

  9. Mohamed Razal

    Amazing photos brother.The determination and hardwork you took is completely shown in your photographs..superb post processing..

  10. Abhishek.K.P

    Amazing… Absolutely… I am lost for words at your talent

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