California Photography Hot Spots

    California is a photographer’s dream: a vast land of deserts, beaches, mountains and cities. Places like Yosemite, San Diego, Anaheim, and Los Angeles are full of photography locations where you can take amazing pictures. Unfortunately, we can’t move out there anytime soon (we’re stuck in New Jersey), but our articles on California locations will help you find some locations. If you haven’t already done so, look at “Shark FinCove.” Its a great hot spot for photogaphy!

    Sometime shortly, if the world stays in one piece, we will spend a month in California doing photography in all the great California photography locations.

    Big Sur Photography

    The Big Sur California Photography Location

    Big Sur is a remote area accessible only via Highway 1. The easiest and most common way to get there is by car, though some enthusiastic adventurers cycle along the highway. Gas stations are far between, and gas is expensive, so best to have plenty of gas when you enter the Big Sur region.

    From San Francisco, take US-101 south to CA-156 west which merges with Highway 1 20 miles from the beginning of the Big Sur area. Approximately 125 miles and a 2-3 hour drive.

    From Los Angeles, take US-101 north and exit onto Highway 1 toward Morro Bay/Hearst Castle, which is 45 miles south of the end of Big Sur. Approximately 250 miles and a 4-5 hour drive.

    Extra Eyes Photo Tours does a Private Jet Photo Tour to this location. SEE BELOW

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    “Vernal Falls, Yosemite, by Thomas Hill, 1889” by Thomas Hill

    Yosemite National Park Photography Hot Spot

    Yosemite Valley represents only one percent of the park area, but this is where most visitors arrive and stay. The Tunnel View is the first view of the Valley for many visitors and is extensively photographed. El Capitan, a prominent granite cliff that looms over Yosemite Valley, is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the world because of its diverse range of climbing routes in addition to its year-round accessibility. Granite domes such as Sentinel Dome and Half Dome rise 3,000 and 4,800 feet (910 and 1,460 m), respectively, above the valley floor.

    The high country of Yosemite contains beautiful areas such as Tuolumne Meadows, Dana Meadows, the Clark Range, the Cathedral Range, and the Kuna Crest. The Sierra crest and the Pacific Crest Trail run through Yosemite, with peaks of red metamorphic rock, such as Mount Dana and Mount Gibbs, and granite peaks, such as Mount Conness. Mount Lyell is the highest point in the park, standing at 13,120 feet (4,000 m). The Lyell Glacier is the largest glacier in Yosemite National Park and is one of the few remaining in the Sierra Nevada today.

    Please be aware – we call this Yosemite National Parking Lot. Article to follow.

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    Ventura Fishing Pier Photography Hot Spot

    Ventura Fishing Pier, California Photography Hot Spot

    Ventura Fishing Pier is previously called San Buenaventura Wharf. This pier is the oldest pier in the state of California. It is a top ten location to do sunset photography in the state.

    The pier is located in Ventura Beach, a city located on the Pacific Coast Highway. This pier was built back in 1872 and has been around for over 150 years. It is 1,600 feet long and from the west end you can see three miles of coastline. The views are spectacular with the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands in the distance.

    You can photograph sunset here and get dynamic images. Fishing is a popular activity on this pier, with anglers catching a variety of fish so you can also photograph them.

    Sequoia National Park Photography

    Sequoia National Park is a national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California, in the United States. It was established on September 25, 1890. The park spans 404,064 acres. Encompassing a vertical relief of nearly 13,000 feet, the park contains among its natural resources the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet above sea level. The park is south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon National Park; the two are administered by the National Park Service together as the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

    The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, one of the largest trees on Earth. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest, which contains five out of the ten largest trees in the world. The Giant Forest is connected by the General’s Highway to Kings Canyon National Park’s General Grant Grove, home to the General Grant tree among other giant sequoias. The park’s giant sequoia forests are part of 202,430 acres of old-growth forests shared by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Indeed, the parks preserve a landscape that still resembles the southern Sierra Nevada before Euro-American settlement.

    Extra Eyes Does a Photo Tour in the California Area

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    More Places to Photograph in the California Area

    • Alcatraz Island
    • Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve
    • Anza Borrego Desert State Park
    • Big Basin Redwoods State Park
    • Death Valley National Park
    • Glass Beach in Fort Bragg
    • Golden Gate Bridge• Griffith Park Observatory
    • Hearst Castle in San Simeon
    • Hollywood Sign
    • Joshua Tree National Park
    • La Jolla Cove in San Diego
    • Lake Tahoe

    • Malibu Creek State Park
    • McWay Falls in Big Sur
    • Mono Lake
    • Monterey Bay Aquarium
    • Muir Woods National Monument
    • Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur
    • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
    • Redwood National and State Parks• San Francisco Bay Area
    • Santa Monica Pier
    • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
    • Yosemite National Park

    The deserts of Southern California are a great place to start your photographic journey. From the dry yet colorful landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park to the rugged beauty of Anza Borrego Desert State Park, you can find stunning scenes that will captivate any photographer. The nearby Mojave Desert is home to Death Valley National Park, where you can find unique formations such as the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes and the Badwater Basin salt flats.

    The mountain ranges of California offer an equally stunning array of photographic opportunities. The Sierra Nevada Mountains are home to Yosemite National Park, which is known for its towering granite formations, majestic waterfalls and beautiful meadows. The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks boast some of the world’s largest trees, while the San Bernardino Mountains provide breathtaking views of the surrounding desert landscape.

    The coastline of California is also full of photographic possibilities. From the spectacular beaches and cliffs of Big Sur to the rugged beauty of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, there are endless opportunities for capturing stunning coastal scenes. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a popular spot for photographers to capture underwater life and Hearst Castle in San Simeon is a great place to capture the grandeur of California’s past.

    Finally, no visit to California would be complete without a trip to Los Angeles. From the iconic Hollywood sign to the city skyline, there are countless photographic opportunities in this vibrant city.

    California is a vast and diverse state that offers photographers an endless array of landscapes and geography to explore. From the deserts of the south to the mountains of the north, California has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for urban cityscapes or stunning natural scenery, there are plenty of places to take amazing pictures in California.

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