If you ever get a chance to visit Laguna Beach this little spot is pretty cool. It's at Victoria Beach. It's kind of hard to find so you'll have to look it up. Like in this photo, Laguna Beach has all sorts of great reefs and landscapes to shoot beach photography at. I've gone to a few spots already, I think next time I go down there I'll hit up Crystal Cove. It supposedly has some really nice reefs for some great low tide photography.
While taking this photo the tide was coming up. Shortly after I got blasted by a huge wave. My camera and cloths all got pretty wet. It was one of those moments where I knew it was going to happen but just wanted to get a few more shots hoping I could get the wave crashing up over the rocks. But of course the wave that came was huge.
Shooting this scene I used a 3 shot bracketed HDR. HDR photography at the beach is pretty important during sunset to preserve the sky and shadows. It also creates some cool effects with the water since you're taking three separate shots of the water at different shutter speeds. Often I'll mask out the best one but sometimes blending them can create a cool painterly vibe. The gear I used was the Canon 5dmkii and the Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II. So far my favorite zoom lens that I own.