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California Dreamin’

By Adrian Zupp

As a kid, beaches, rivers and fishing were important parts of Peter’s life – and early subjects of his photography. Family vacations to the coast of his native state of Victoria, Australia, meant the chance to get some great shots. In this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” called “California Coast,” Peter got reacquainted with those early days.

“I drove from Point Reyes, just north of San Francisco, made a major pit stop at Big Sur, and finished the trip a little before L.A.,” explained Peter. “A bigger drive than the old family holidays!

“I’ve always found water to be a fascinating subject for photographs. That started very early for me. Everything about it. I even used to take a tape recorder on vacations and interview fishermen.”

The long haul down the rugged California coast was a unique experience.

“It’s an amazing part of the country,” said Peter. “But it can be a bugger to shoot, especially on a tight schedule. You have to sort of gamble on the best places to get your photographs when the light is just right. There’s so many places to choose from. And then there’s the elements. The winds can be crazy and thick fogs can be a real bloody problem in places.”

Peter has said that sometimes, when he’s shooting coasts or rivers, his mind goes back to his childhood, when the Master Photographer will still a whippersnapper with a dream.

“It seems like so long ago,” he said. “But I was learning way back then. I was already preparing for big shoots like the California coast.”

“California Coast” airs this Thursday at 9/8c on “From the Edge with Peter Lik” on The Weather Channel.

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 4:00 am



  1. Can’t wait for this one! We are heading out Friday from Texas to the California Coast on a big family vacay. Hoping to pick up some tips!

    Comment by Starla on May 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

  2. Good onya, Starla! Have a great vacation!

    Comment by Staff Writer on May 31, 2011 at 6:42 pm

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