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We've Moved!

12/09/15 13:37

We've moved our blog! 

Feel free to browse the posts here, but all new blog posts will be at www.markholtzman.com/blog.

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Big Sur

12/09/15 13:28

I flew by Big Sur on my way to do a shoot up in Monterey and had to take some photos. The views along PCH were amazing! My two favorite shots from that day are below. I love the texture of the ocean in the top image and the Little Sur river emptying out in the ocean really makes me want to go for a hike!

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Ocean Textures Near Big Sur

Little Sur River Emptying into Pacific Ocean

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On my way to San Diego I saw a huge crowd on the beach at Trestles, near San Onofre State Beach. Turns out it was the World Surf League 2015 Hurley Pro and Swatch Women's Pro Surfing Competition at Trestles. Surfers at both competitions receive points for their best events, which will be tallied and compared with surfers who compete in other competitions around the world. The surfer with the most points at the end of the tour becomes the 2015 ASP Surfing World Champion.

To learn more about the 2015 Hurley Pro or Swatch Women's Pro, please visit: www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2015/mct/1281/hurley-pro-at-trestles or www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2015/wct/1282/swatch-womens-pro

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2015 Hurley Pro at Trestles Surf Competition

2015 Swatch Women's Pro Surf Competition

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I decided to fly up the coast on my way back from a sunset photo shoot in Orange County and the view was incredible! A beautiful sunset view of Catalina Island and small, colored lights from the city of Long Beach was surreal!

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Sunset view of Santa Catalina Island

Night View of Long Beach

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A few years ago we worked with Portraits of Hope and photographed their Summer of Color project (photos here), which was the largest public art project in the U.S. and one of the largest civic efforts in the world. Their latest project The Spheres at MacArthur Park is equally amazing to see from the air. The floating spheres were painted by over 7,000 children as part of a creative therapy and civic leadership program with schools and hospitals. Looking forward to seeing more of Portraits of Hope's future projects!!

To learn more about Portraits of Hope's The Spheres at MacArthur Park, please visit: www.portraitsofhope.org/projects/spheres

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Portaits of Hope Spheres at MacArthur Park

Portaits of Hope - The Spheres at MacArthur Park

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I flew by the Andree Clark Bird Refuge in Santa Barbara this past week and it looked a little different than it normally does. It is pink!! I did a little research and it looks like low water levels and heat can cause a red algae bloom to happen. It looks like a great place to explore next time I'm up in Santa Barbara!!

For more information on the Andree Clark Bird Refuge, please visit: www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/parks/features/passiveopenspaces/andreeclark.asp

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Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Andree Clark Bird Refuge Close-up

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On one my my recent flights to San Diego, I noticed some very bright colors near Chula Vista, just south of Downtown San Diego. They come from the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which includes a variety of wildlife sanctuaries - from sweetwater marshes to vernal pools and even sea turtle lagoons - to preserve and protect the rare birds and sea life of Southern California's coastal marshes.

For more information on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, please visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/san_diego_bay

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Aerial View of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Kelp in the San Diego Bay

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Flying up the coast on a clear day, it is easy to see why Malibu and Pacific Palisades have a reputation for being picturesque. The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades is a very pretty museum from the air. It is home to many pieces of art from ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. Malibu is a little more contemporary, being famous for its warm, sandy beaches and the Malibu Colony, home to many celebrities, entertainment executives and tech titans.

 

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Malibu Lagoon, with Malibu Colony on the left and the Malibu pier on the right

The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades

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I've been flying to San Diego twice a week recently and have noticed that there are usually a lot of kayaks and some people snorkeling off the coast of La Jolla. Turns out they're exploring the Seven Caves and the La Jolla Underwater Park, where there are a variety of marine life including garibaldi, leopard sharks and sea lions.

For more information on the La Jolla Shores and the Seven Caves, please visit: www.sandiego.org/what-to-do/beaches/la-jolla.aspx

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Kayakers exploring La Jolla's Seven Caves

Kayakers exploring La Jolla's Seven Caves

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Every July the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing happens in Huntington Beach, California. I just happened to be flying over the festivities and took a few pictures to share. It hosts over 300 world-class athletes for a 9-day celebration of surfing and surf culture. Top surfers from around the world compete in the water next to the pier while the skateboard and BMX athletes compete in the Van Doren International areas on the beach. Some people come for the surfing, some come for the skateboarding and BMX competitions, and some just come to lay out of the beach.

For more information on the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, please visit: www.vansusopenofsurfing.com

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Aerial View of Vans U.S. Open of Surfing

Surfer riding a wave in Huntington Beach, CA

Beach-goers in Huntington Beach, CA

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