Surf’s Up, Manhattan Beach

If everybody had an ocean
Across the U. S. A.
Then everybody’d be surfin’
Like Californi-a
You’d seem ’em wearing their baggies
Huarachi sandals too
A bushy bushy blonde hairdo
Surfin’ U. S. A.

~The Beach Boys


Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,



Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,

Hang Twenty


Monochrome, Black and White, Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,



“You’d catch ’em surfin’ at Del Mar
Ventura County line
Santa Cruz and Trestle
Australia’s Narabine
All over Manhattan
And down Doheny Way
Everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin’ U.S. A.”


Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,

Pier, Manhattan Beach


Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,

Ride the Wave


Monochrome, Black and White, Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,



Ninja Surfer


“Haggerties and Swamies
Pacific Palisades
San Anofree and Sunset
Redondo Beach L. A.
All over La Jolla
At Waimia Bay
Everybody’s gone surfin’
Surfin’ U.S. A.”
“Everybody’s gone surfin’Β 
Surfin’ U.S.A”
Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,

Ocean Blues


Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,

Surfer’s Goodbye


Landscape, Surfer, Ocean, Nature, Water, Action, Photography, Wave, Portrait, California,

Pier Door


A fun day at the beach with my Fuji X-T2 and 18-55mm f/2.8 lens.Β 



Categories: Black and White, Landscapes, Nature, Photography, Portraits, Water, Weekly Photo ChallengeTags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Yeah, I want to go to the beach … πŸ˜€ You endure the big waves well and they are beautifully captured by your camera! My favorites are “Breaking” with the imposing waves! “Churning” a great beautiful picture! “Foam” the texture of the sea. πŸ™‚ “Ocean Blues” I love the colors, the oxidation shows how the salty water of the sea affects the structures of its environment. But they still standing πŸ™‚ Great shots, Jane!
    Have a nice day…
    Warm regards, Heidi

    • Hi Heidi, I am always appreciative of your thoughtful and thorough response to my images. Thank you so much– it really makes my day. This was certainly a magical morning on the southern CA coast. Wishing you a great week. πŸ™‚

  2. Great Photos! I love all of them!

  3. You certainly captured the raw power of the wave in that first shot.

  4. Sur’s up and brings great pictures.

  5. Not just a fun day, a fabulous day, I’d say! Such beautiful, expertly made photos! That first image with the rolling wave, textured like – I don’t know what! – it’s very special. The second puts me right into the action. “Churning” puts me there more than I want to be! πŸ˜‰ And I appreciate the abstract “Foam” included in the mix – all part of the whole, isn’t it? Not to mention the lyrics….

    • Hi Lynn, I so appreciate your thoughtful response to these photos. I’m glad the sequence helped you dive right in with the surfers. Thank you, thank you. Wishing you and yours a fabulous holiday season and a wonderful 2018. πŸ™‚

  6. What a great spot for beach photography and especially surfing, Jane.
    Absolutely superb action shots!
    Happy Holidays and a fabulous New Year to you and yoursβ£οΈπŸŒΏβ€οΈπŸ€ΆπŸŽ„πŸŽ…
    The Fab Four of Cley πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸšΆπŸ‘­

    • Hi Fab Four, Thank you so much! It is a stunning place to catch some action. Happy you enjoyed them. And, happy, happy holidays to you all with warm wishes for a wonderful 2018. πŸŽ…πŸ»πŸŽ„πŸŒŸ

  7. Très jolie série pleine de vie et de couleurs marines.
    Bonne journΓ©e

  8. These surfing pictures in action are incredible!

  9. While I love playing in the waves, I wonder if surfing would be terrifying? I love the surfer’s goodbye picture the best. Merry Christmas.

  10. Beautiful images, love your work, I’m far away in the good old UK freezing at the moment…

  11. FANtastic, Jane! Good to see what a real photographer can do. That opener is stunning. Wishing you a good Christmas, and health and happiness for 2018. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  12. Your pictures have captured the feeling of sun, sea and surf a perfect set of images to accompany that iconic surf song.

  13. Gorgeous! The tube shot is insane and gnarly! (had to throw in my Valley Girl roots. LOL). BTW, San Onofre is spelled like this.

  14. A surfing Africa greeting to you (my daugter has developed interest in surfing). Beautiful captures especialy when you broke the wave.

  15. For a moment I was thinking you had a drone. Love and adore the wave shots. I can never get enough of waves and ocean water (you may have guessed?) The action shots are just icing on the cake. Truly wonderful!

    • Hi Gunta, Ha! I can see why now that I think about it- the pier is perfectly situated. We share a fascination with waves and I am always amazed when I look at the shots close-up…all the great textures and detail. So glad you like them. Thanks for your enthusiastic response. Much appreciated.

  16. Hi Jane We just got here yesterday. Spent the day with Ryder and got organized. How are you guys doing? Look forward to getting together Wednesday dinner. Let me know if you have some time to get together before then. Love your photos from Manhattan Beach. That is where my mother’s family is from. I spent many many summers there. Love it. Xo Pam

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  17. The unusual elevated point of view you have of the breaking waves is wonderful. The water is almost animal. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Eliza, I was thrilled (and nervous) to discover how close the surfers were to the pier…made for perfect overhead shots. The waves were gorgeous that morning! Happy you enjoyed this series– thanks so much.

    • Thanks so much, Dr. D. Happy you enjoyed them. It was a perfect California day. I see you live in Adelaide. We visited a few years ago when we were living for a brief time in Sydney. A terrific city.

  18. Great post Jane, the beach boys brings back so many memories – used to love their music and I used to spend so much time at the beach when I was younger.

  19. Good stuff, Jane! Glad to the Fuji is working so well for you. I am using mine more and more.

  20. The photo of the Pier is beautiful, Jane. I’ve never been there, but it looks like it’s worth the effort.

  21. Sure looks like a fun day!

  22. Great series, Jane, love the first photo! Hope you had a great weekend! Marcus

  23. Breaking is such a spectacular shot! Looks like you had a wonderful day ay the beach. k

  24. Jane these are very nice. The image Breaking is striking with your capture of the water from bright highlights of white to variations of greens in the water.

    • Thank you, Tim. That was a favorite moment– with breaking waves I don’t really know what I’ve got until review…nice surprises. That shot was pretty much straight out of the camera- so glad you like it.

      • Jane, you’re welcome.
        I suspect you have people ask when they see you taking photographs, “Did you get some good ones?” You don’t really know until you see them on a larger screen than the back of your camera.
        Have a great week.

  25. Making the most of the southern coast Jane – love your surfers AND your surf!

  26. Great capture of part of the California life. Beautiful.

  27. Wonderful photos. I know I’m dating myself, but I loved the Beach Boys back when I was in high school.

  28. The px are really great and transport me.

  29. I would love to there for surfing and your px transported me.

  30. really love these detailed water shots…gorgeous!!! great Fuji😜

  31. Wonderful shots of the power and beauty of the ocean! And then add a little Beach Boys… well😊

  32. At first I thought you had to be in the water to capture such amazing shots and then I realised that maybe you were on the end of that pier. The breaking image is spectacular. Oh for some piers here so I could try and get something half decent! Love the peeling painted railings and the door sign too – now those are the kind of things that also catch my eye.

  33. Well, that certainly clarified a lot of those lyrics for me! I make words up if I don’t know exactly what a song is saying, and I’ve determined I made up an awful lot of those names over the years. Oh, and the photos are pretty amazing, too. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Lex, Ha! I agree, it was fun to read them– all the places to surf– I’m sure I made up words, too. Imagine writing them and putting them to such great music. Glad you like this California morning. Thanks so much. πŸ™‚

  34. Awesome post. Captures Manhattan beach and the surfers beautifully.

  35. Awesome images Jane πŸ™‚ Perfect lyrics to go with the images also, I love The Beach Boys.

  36. Wow, I really enjoyed your day at the beach. The shots from the pier gave a unique perspective.

  37. Surfer’s Goodbye made me the most comfortable! The power of that water is frightening.

  38. Jane y’r a is official!

  39. These are some amazing sea-side shots, Jane. Think you captured the wet and wild of a surfer’s time in the water very nicely. Great timing with the massive rolling waves. From the perspective of the shots, I’m guessing you were on elevated land, and you had a lovely view of the beach πŸ™‚ Seasons greetings and wishing you a wonderful end of the year πŸ™‚

    • Hi Mabel, Yes, we were on the Manhattan Pier and it was amazing to me how close the surfers got to it as they rode in — perfect for me! πŸ˜‰Capturing the shape of the waves crashing is always a surprise and delight to me. You sure have similar ocean action near you. Glad you enjoyed -thanks very much. Happy holidays to you and yours with best wishes for a great 2018!

  40. What a beautifully crafted post! It set me up for the day. I envy – somewhat – that you have it, and the experience of your lovely day on the beach too!! πŸ˜‰ Thank you.

  41. Jane – your pictures like a paradise, each of them is like a melody and a wave!!

  42. Jane, your amazing images are most spectacular as always.

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