Mark Harding@markharding55

Santa Monica native recently retired and finally have the time to take some road trips and explore and enjoy my D750.

I went off in search of a relatively dark sky in Malibu on Deer Creek Road. Given the proximity to Los Angeles, the view of the Milky Way was pretty decent. I was fooling around with different exposures and shot this at ISO 12,800 for 2 seconds at f2.8 with a 14mm Rokinon lens. When I saw the lights of a car about to come into view, I quickly snapped this photo and ended up with a nice surprise. #milkywaychasers #california_igers #malibu #longexposure_shots #longexposure #longexposureoftheday #stars #nightscape #milkyway #southerncalifornia #abc7eyewitness #starrynight #californialove #pch #santamonicamountains #specialeffects #phototag_it #socalphotographer #nightsky #taillights #mondaymood


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Here is another photo from yesterday’s 4th of July Parade in Pacific Palisades. These officers and stunning horses are members of the Santa Monica Mounted Police. #santamonica #smpd #santamonicaphotographer #pacificpalisades #palisadianpost #4thofjuly #independenceday #california_igers #phototag_it #californiaphotographer #abc7eyewitness #parade #horses #california #southerncalifornia #socalphotographer #socal


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Normally, I stick to landscape photography. Today, I stepped out of that comfort zone and shot photos of some interesting Americans on this American Birthday! I hope you all have had as much fun on this 4th of July as I have had. #hometown #losangeles #pacificpalisades #4thofjuly #independenceday #parade #californialove #american #happybirthdayamerica #usa #californiaphotographer #california_igers #candid #people #americans #dreamers


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A different long exposure with soft, almost pastel colors at Santa Monica Beach. This was taken on a hazy, Winter morning just north of the pier. I love the less crowded times in Winter at the beach. #santamonicabeach #santamonica #hometown #longexposure_shots #longexposure #watercolor #losangeles #beaches #southerncalifornia #socal #pch #pacificcoast #phototag_it #californiacoast #californialove #santamonicalife


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I post a lot of travel photos, so I decided to post a few from my hometown. The funny thing is, most of us Santa Monica natives seldom head down to the pier. The pier is an iconic location, it’s just not one frequented by locals all that much. Lately, I have been walking at the beach and out to the end of the pier. It’s a pretty nice place to hang out and enjoy the view out to Malibu...in the morning. #santamonica #santamonicapier #pier #socal #california_igers #pacificcoast #santamonicabeach #californialove #southerncalifornia #santamonicaphotographer #oceanlife #beaches #musclebeach #hometown #landscape_captures #phototag_it #losangeles


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This one pairs up nicely with my earlier post today. I love the backlighting and leaves in 3 different stages toward the end of Fall near Lee Vining, CA. There is so much to photograph at that time of year and it’s over before you know it. #aspens #trees #california_igers #sierras #yosemite #easternsierra #sierranevada #fall #autumn #californiafallcolors #centralcalifornia #californialove #colors_of_day #phototag_it #landscape_lovers #landscape_captures #leaves #forests #monocounty


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Most of my good friends would say that I am not very subtle. And they would be right. However, the subtle beauty of this singular Aspen leaf somehow caught my attention. I love big landscapes but I also love the little details and the freedom to shoot whatever I want to shoot as I have no clients! I’m a rank amateur having fun with my camera. #aspens #leaf #leaves #fall #californiafallcolors #easternsierra #sierranevada #highway395 #californialove #california_igers #californiaphotographer #phototag_it #macrophotography #bokeh #bokeh_and_blur #goldenhour #autumnleaves #cali #agameoftones #californiaholics


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Here is a look back at Zion National Park in a beautiful Fall morning in 2016. The colors of Zion in the morning or late afternoon are so bright that they almost look fake. #colors_of_day #utah #zionnationalpark #nationalpark #parks #americasbestidea #landscape_captures #colors #beautifuldestinations #color_n_nature #nps #landscape_lovers #scenic #phototag_it #ig_countryside #ig_photooftheday #ig_great_pics


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Sometimes these elephant seals can be quite active. This was taken around 7:30am during a high tide in April. The overall scene along with the loud barking sounds was quite entertaining and far different than in any of my previous visits to the site. My guess is that the time of day and/or the tide was the reason for the increased activity. Normally, I like a less busy photo focused on one main subject. This one shows more of the overall scene and the activity. #elephantseals #elephantseal #sansimeon #centralcalifornia #centralcoast #pch #highway1 #slo #nature_shooters #phototag_it #beachlife #californiacoast #nature_shooters #californialove #california_igers #seals #oceanlife #pacificcoast


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The wildflowers are blooming in spite of a dry year in Solstice Canyon. This coastal canyon yields a variety of delicate flowers, coastal sycamores and the ruins of a mid-century home designed by renowned architect, Paul Williams. #malibu #solsticecanyon #wildflower #socal #socalphotographer #southerncalifornia #california_igers #landscape_captures #santamonicamountainsnps #santamonicamountains #californiacoast #caliexplored #santamonicamountainsnationalrecreationarea #phototag_it #blossoms #blooms #flower_perfection #nature_shooters


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I had a nice morning hike in Solstice Canyon in Malibu today. Most of this photo is of colors and objects beneath the waters of Solstice Creek. I used a 3-stop polarizer from #breakthroughphotographyfilters
The filter cut through any glare and the colors beneath the surface were quite vibrant. I shot this at ISO400 for 1/60 of a second at f4. It took me awhile to crop this one as there are so many colors happening in a small place. It was a very peaceful spot. #malibu #solsticecanyon #creekoftheweek #creeks #colors_of_day #impression_shots #nature_perfection #watercolor #wildcalifornia #southerncalifornia #hikecalifornia #water_perfection #santamonicamountainsnationalrecreationarea #santamonicamountains #santamonica #hot_shotz #californiaholics #californiacoast #trails


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Going back through some photos on a lazy Sunday, I decided to take a different look at a morning photo at the Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills. The contrast, textures and mood take on a whole new look in black and white, don’t you think? #easternsierra #mobiusarch #alabamahills #wildcalifornia #sierra #arches #california #californialove #blackandwhitephoto #blacknwhite_perfection #blackandwhitephotography #monochrome #contrast #textures #hot_shotz #californiaholics #mountains #rocks #desert #landscape_lover #landscape_captures


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