After the Storm, Pacific Beach, California

Back to Sunny and Seventy

This was shot the evening after three days of bad weather in the San Diego area. A storm brought cold, wet a dreary climate to the area, and some much-needed rainfall. It was a nice change to our usual “Sunny and Seventy” climate – some say being a Weather Forecaster here is the easiest job in the world! I again had the privilege to shoot this scene with a renowned Photographer, Jerry Denham, how again taught me all sorts of tips and tricks… Thanks Jerry! Here, we mounted a 70-200mm lens on a Nikon D7000 and used an 8 second shutter to smooth out the rough surf – it was windy, rainy and violent this day, but using this technique one can hardly tell.

Pacific Beach was developed during the boom years of 1886-1888 by D.C. Redd A. G. Gassen, Charles W. Pauley, R. A. Thomas, and O. S. Hubbell. It was Hubbell who “cleared away the grain fields, pitched a tent, mapped out the lots, hired an auctioneer and started to work”. To attract people, they built a Race Track and a San Diego College of Letters, neither of which survive today. A railway also connected Pacific Beach with downtown San Diego, and was later extended to La Jolla.

As with many California cities, the history of its development can be traced back to the completion of a cross-country railroad in the late 1880s. Lots in 1902 sold for between $350–700 for ocean-front property and by 1950, the population of Pacific Beach reached 30,000 and the average home sold for $12,000. Today, homes can sell for millions.


10 responses

  1. Another beauty.

    February 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

  2. Rob Sneed


    February 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

  3. Patricia Riveroll

    I am a self taught photographer for 30 years, and in the past five years I have started taking workshops. I am just fascinated by how people can make such photographs.

    I follow your blog every day, and like when you post the shutter speed or apperture you use when you take your photographs.

    I thank you and your wife for sharing what you do.

    Great photograph.!!!!!

    February 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

  4. Dreamy and beautiful; I love this shot.

    February 18, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  5. Great picture. This is just another reason why San Diego is the finest city in America.

    February 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

  6. Wow, this is utterly dramatic and incredible Erik, GREAT capture my friend! I just LOVE that sky!

    February 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

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