Picture perfect

How to take great travel photos ― featuring Point Reyes National Seashore

Framing a shot

Bear Valley by morning

Point Reyes is filled with wildlife―from shorebirds to bobcats and elk. Near the Bear Valley Visitor Center, Morgan horses wait in a corral.

Challenge: Hemmed in by forest, this area never gets warm dawn or dusk light.

Tip: Check the corners to make sure something interesting is happening in every part of the shot, and use the fence line or arching branches to frame the horses.

Best time: An overcast day, early to midmorning.

Using weather

Lighthouse in the fog

Most summer afternoons, fog blows in, obscuring scenic vistas. But in the softened light, cypress trees along the lighthouse trail become enigmatic sculptures. Arbabi makes it work. "My favorite proverb," he says, "is 'Chance favors the prepared mind.'"




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