San Diego - La Jolla Shores Sunset Glow
I love this location just above the Scripps Pier.
The curve of the road, the stairs descending, the pier accented by the palm trees, the rolling waves, downtown La Jolla in the background and of course the brilliant sunset adding an orange glow to the entire scene.
Photo Tip - Depth Of Field
Often we find great compositions with interesting objects in the foreground and in the background. The difficulty here is the depth-of-field. There is a tendency to just set the aperture at f/22 or whatever is the smallest aperture available for the lens. It is true that this will give you the greatest depth-of-field; however, it will usually not give you the sharpest image.
When doing landscape photography, it is best to find the sweet-spot that has the sharpest aperture for each lens. It is usually somewhere between f/8 and f/11. I recommend that you test each of your lenses to find the sweet-spot and then write them down for future reference - unless, unlike me, you have a really good memory and don't need to take notes. :-)
Once you know the sweet-spot, use that aperture and focus one-third to one-half the distance to the background. In this case, I focused on the pier. Take a number of shots with different focal points, then review them to find the sharpest one. Take a few at f/22 as well just so that you can see the difference.
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