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Family Takes Holiday Card Photo at Sunset near the Huntington Beach Pier in Surf City - California


Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, California - Pictured above is a family posed for a photo at sunset with the Huntington Beach Pier as their backdrop. They are wearing shorts and are barefoot on a December evening. 

The weather is generally fairly nice that time of year and lends to great holiday portraits.  The spectacular colors of the sunset you see in the photo will not be so prominent in their picture because the photographer is facing south toward the darker sky with muted tones. They could have captured a more dynamic image by going to the south side of the pier and shooting into the setting sun from there. While still having the pier in their picture, the colors would have been dynamic.

The color does not have to be as strong as shown in this photo, however. When the photographer changes his angle by a few degrees, the color will change in the image, as well. For backlit or evening portraits, it often helps to use flash fill. The trick when doing so is to have the camera and photographer fairly close to the subjects so that the flash will compensate for the difference between the dark faces in the shade and the glowing sun behind them, setting beyond the silhouette of pier pilings.  It is a suggestion that may help you when you seek the most dynamic image you can capture. When time permits, you can try several "set ups" and see which you prefer in the final analysis.

For other photo ideas around Huntington Beach, Huntington Harbour boats at Peters Landing Marina provide a nautical theme. Many tourists and locals like to pose in front of the statue of Duke Kahanamoku at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street at the Surfers' Hall of Fame in front of Huntington Surf and Sport. Another often-photographed statue is Ultimate Challenge at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Huntington Street in front of Huntington City Beach and across the street from the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort.  The all time photo location, however, is the Huntington Beach Pier. It is located on Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street in Huntington Beach, California.

 Debbie Stock is an award winning photographer who recently won an international award for the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau. She has a degree in Photojournalism from the University of Kansas.