Photographing the Oceano Sand Dunes Near Pismo Beach

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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.

Every photographer "needs" a red Jeep

Every photographer “needs” a red Jeep

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.

Here is the mess you might see upon arival

Here is the mess you might see upon arrival

Some suggestions from us:

Photograph the sand up-close

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Look for natural abstracts

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Think in black and white

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Look for interesting shadows

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Use the sky

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1212_PSA_Big Sur_0303-Edit To see more of our photographs, please go to www.pamphotography.com.

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One thought on “Photographing the Oceano Sand Dunes Near Pismo Beach

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