2 million anglers purchase some sort of fishing
license in California each year, according the
the California Department of Fish and Game.
California jetty is one of the most popular
fishing locations in Orange County.. While
you'll find people fishing at every pier because
fishing off of public piers never requires a
license, fishermen seem to need additional
challenges and the Seal Beach jetty certainly
offers many. This location features huge rocks
that receive a fair amount of sea spray so
caution is advised, especially for youngsters
who can easily slip and fall.
no bait and tackle shop at the jetty. Theree's a
restaurant to enjoy dining outdoors overlooking
the sandy beach, plus a public parking lot that
charges a fee and a kitesurfing launch ramp
adjacent to the parking lot. Just a half a mile
or less on Pacific Coast Highway you'll find
convenience liquor stores where you can purchase
supplies for your fishing adventure.
silhouette and sunset photography: When you
photograph the California surfer's sunset,
you'll need to shut down your f-stops and
apertures a bit or face overexposure. Many of
today's center-weighted camera meters that
utilize light averaging of several sections of
the picture frame still cannot over-ride that
huge ball of sun. A different effect you
may also experience is the under-exposure where
everything comes out really dark except for this
big globe, beach ball-like sun.
What to do? If
you have digital, you can play around with it.
Try pointing the camera to several slightly
different locations and see how the light
changes with each position change. Not
only is it an experiment in lighting effects, it
will show you how sensitive your light meter is
and how it works.
surfer gliding along on that board out in the
water, it's a bit tough getting contrast between
the surfer dude or dudette and that colored sky.
Your angle must be almost below their position
on a wave to accomplish such a contrast in
color. It can be done at some beaches, however.
Just give it a try. The old-fashioned color film
guy or gal taking pictures with celluloid will
have to wait to see the results. Nevertheless, a
high quality film, a tripod and some great
lighting can't be beat for making a big picture
blow up to frame on your wall. It's the perfect
memento of your
California beach vacation.