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Photographing Beach Scenes in Los Angeles

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Southern California is a vibrant and chaotic place, with beaches like Venice and Newport that draw an eclectic crowd and present one eye-catching tableau after another. We enlisted area photographer and AFAR Ambassador Colin Roohan to test drive the PowerShot G5 X—a point-and-shoot model well-suited to action scenes—by capturing these communities in all their color, activity, and attitude.
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Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
Venice Beach is an artsy area with a boardwalk that attracts all types of movers and shakers, from rollerbladers to street performers. I started at the fishing pier and headed north. Along Ocean Front Walk, I spotted an intriguing mural, “...
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Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
Venice is famous for its basketball courts, and I felt that they would deliver a compelling sense of motion and chaos. I wanted to see how the camera would capture sport photos, and the PowerShot G5 X did very well. The continuous shooting mode...
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Huntington Beach Pier, California 92648, USA
Orange County exemplifies California beach culture in all its freewheeling charm—and offers up one photo op after another. I set out from Huntington Beach and, as I explored the pier, I came upon a group of teenagers messing around with their...
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Newport Beach, CA, USA
I left Huntington Beach and ventured a little further south toward Newport Beach. I was near a popular surf spot called The Wedge, so I stopped to see if there was any action. As I walked out onto the beach, I could see a small crowd gathered in...
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Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Whatever your destination, in Los Angeles, you’re bound to spend a significant amount of time in your car. Busy freeways are a quintessential example of the city in motion (or stalled, depending on traffic conditions!). So, while out and about on...