Santa Monica California Time-lapse 4K by Dennis Bernhard

This was a fun time-lapse to shoot. I really love the way the roller coaster and ferris wheel turned out against the orange glow of the setting sun.


The World-Famous Pacific Park by Dennis Bernhard

The World-Famous Pacific Park against the setting sun.

The World-Famous Pacific Park against the setting sun.

I’ve wanted to create this photo for a while and it came together perfectly. The lights and motion of the rides set against a background of dark clouds and a setting sun.

I still find it astonishing that there is a theme park on a pier, but it sure it pretty.


The View From Palisades Park by Dennis Bernhard


This week’s posts are from the first stop on my December trip. It all started with a day in LA.

I hadn’t spent much time in Santa Monica so I decided to spend the afternoon there. I started in Palisades Park which provided this amazing view of the hills meeting the ocean.


Pacific Ocean Sunset Time-lapse by Dennis Bernhard

I had to go to California for work last week. Since I was there, I stole a little time and went to the Newport Bach Pier for sunset. 

I've spent a good amount of time out west for work but I had never actually been to the beach, so it was a lot of fun playing with the Pacific for a sunset time-lapse. 

The sunset sank faster than I thought it would so I didn't get a great shot of it, but I did love the way the sky slowly turned from orange to a deep blue. 

Off in the distance you can see Catalina Island and oil rigs, which is a strange combination for me. 

I'm going back in a couple weeks and hope to do some more time-lapses. 

- Dennis 

Feeding Ballet by Dennis Bernhard

The sun had just cleared the horizon as I finished photographing the sunrise. My goal was to explore the beach, the jetty and lifeguard tower with my drone. As I took off over the lifeguard tower I immediately noticed something in the water. 

The water was so still and clear it was impossible not to notice the massive schools of mullet and the tarpon herding them. My plans immediately changed. My only goal was to capture the groups of mullet as they expanded and contracted like wax in a lava lamp. 

Have you ever seen a fish run like this? Have you ever seen such incredible animal activity right next to such tamed beauty?

- Dennis

Lifeguard Sunrise by Dennis Bernhard

Lifeguard Sunrise

I'm not a big fan of the beach, but there is something about being there in the dark, and watching the sky and ocean come to life as the sun rises. It's magical. This particular morning was even more incredible because of how calm the ocean was. I've only ever seen it this calm a handful times in my entire life. The stillness of the water added an extra element of serenity to this picturesque scene. 

This spot is at the tip of Miami Beach. It's as south as you can get on South Beach, a place called South Pointe Park. I've always admired the lifeguard towers on Miami Beach. Most of them are very colorful and very "Miami". I like this one because it's painted as if it was a lighthouse, which is interesting because it's only a few yards away from the major entrance to the Port of Miami that ironically doesn't have a lighthouse. 

Tell me about your favorite time at the beach. Do you like to get up early for a beach sunrise?

- Dennis