Photo Annual 2015 Submission Spotlight: Bryan Stockton

Manhattan Beach PierTitle: Manhattan Beach Pier | Photographer: Bryan Stockton 

Bryan Stockton, a West Los Angeles resident who loves spending time at the beach, set out to capture the beauty and spirit of Manhattan Beach Pier.

Stockton’s recent submission to the Graphis 2015 Photo competition provides a look at the California Historical Landmark on a bustling morning in late August.

Stockton used a Sony A7r with the Zeiss FE F4.0 24-70 Zoom, mounted on a Gittzo traveller tripod. To slow down the camera, he added a Heliopan variable .3-1.8 ND filter set at 1.8. The four-second exposure, he said, created the blurred effect. It was “to show the stark differences between those stopping to think and those who are actively enjoying the pier,” he said.

The most unusual part of the day was the clouds, Stockton said. “In Southern California, it is quite rare to see clouds like this, especially ones that look like it might rain,” he told Graphis. “We usually have a flat grey marine layer that does not add any texture to the sky.”

We would love to see your work in our photography competition. The photography competition features some of the most compelling and influential photography of the year. Gold and Platinum awards, along with winning entries, will be published in the Photography Annual 2015. Submit your work to the Photography Annual 2015 competition, here.

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