The Oceano sand dunes have been a destination for photographers for many years. Edward Weston and Ansel Adams were two of the first great photographers to recognize the beauty of this area. The dunes are part of a CA State Park that includes an area for hiking and walking and another one for driving off-road vehicles. Here is what you might see.
This blog is more of a travel guide than technical suggestions for photographing dunes. If you want our suggestions for photographing sand dunes, please see our popular blog on the subject.
One fun thing about the Oceano area is you can drive your car on the beach and right up to the dunes. We recommend that you drive along the beach and park just south of the Arroyo Grande river crossing. Walk east away from the beach over the tall dunes and grass and shrubs to see the dune field. Our assumption was that there was not much wind recently and the dunes were full of foot prints. Make sure to explore and walk around, but be aware of where you are stepping. The safest thing to do is follow in someone else’s foot prints.
Some suggestions from us:
Photograph the sand up-close
Look for natural abstracts
Think in black and white
Look for interesting shadows
Use the sky
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