Synonymous with surfers, sandy beaches, and some of Hollywood’s most recognizable films and TV shows, Malibu is more than than the sum of its glitzy parts. This long exposure features a behind-the-scenes perspective—after the sunny skies have faded and the beach-goers have gone—instead offering a view of dark cliffs and wispy tidal streams against a brilliant sunset:
Mark Lehrbass drove 40 minutes to capture this particular shot, but concluded that braving the Southern California traffic was “absolutely worth it.” Our Earth in Focus, a photography team helmed by friends Mark Lehrbass and Henry Mosier, describes its approach to photography in this way:
“What started out as two friends with an eye for photography and a love for the outdoors, grew over two years into a passion to spend our lives capturing the amazing beauty of our earth. We know a shot when we see it, and we will stop at nothing to capture it; waiting for the right weather, the perfect sunset, doing our research and waiting for the sun to line up perfectly behind the right peak or arch. We aim to inspire our viewers to be in nature and stimulate a sense of yearning for the great outdoors.”
This one-second exposure was taken with a Nikon D810 and a 14–24 mm f/2.8 lens set at f/16 and ISO 64.
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