I have photographed Newport Tidal Pool a couple of times now. I enjoy photographing this pool because of the simplicity of the lines and shapes of the pool. The pool is also a bit different from most of the other tidal pools that are built on the rocks… this pool seems to rise out of the sand and the Southern End of Newport Beach.From the car park the pool is a few hundred meters walk South. The pool is tucked away and is quite remote.
Special Photographic Features or Notes
The types of shots you get of Newport pool will depend a lot on the tide and swell. From crystal calm water to surging ocean. So check the tides and swells to ensure that they suit the type of shot you have in mind. Personally I think Newport is more interesting to photograph on a medium to high tide.
Newport pool is a great place for night photography as it is one of the few pools that don’t have those crappy Sodium Vapour light illuminating them at night. I shot this image of the pool at the tail end of dusk.
You don’t really need any special equipment for Newport, it is a very accessible location to shoot.
Best Time of The Day
Pre-dawn and sunrise of course. However also a great pool to shoot at night.
You can shoot Newport Pool on any tide… it will look pretty different with different tides as you can see from the 3 images above.
Reasonably exposed to everything other than Westerly Winds.
For the closest parking, head to the Boulevarde and you will see a track down to the beach. Cuts the beach walk in half.