Perpetual Sun by Eric Peniata in San Clemente, California

Eric Peniata’s photos scream Southern California. Whether it’s epic sunsets, sun-soaked palms, or aerial ocean shots, Eric’s Instagram feed will transport you there. Be sure to follow him here: @ericpeniata

Name:Eric Peniata

Place you live? San Clemente, California

Occupation? Aerial Cinematographer / Photographer / Firefighter

Place your Instagrams were taken? San Clemente

Can you sum up San Clemente? Located at the southernmost part of Orange County, San Clemente is roughly half way between San Diego and Los Angeles. Known as “The Spanish Village by the Sea,” the city of San Clemente offers a magnificent coastline and beautiful beaches. With its perpetual sunny weather and perfect waves, San Clemente is a surfer’s paradise with its beaches also ideal for swimming, bodyboarding, hiking, volleyball, whale watching, fishing, surfing and diving.

What is a perfect day in San Clemente? I would say a perfect day in San Clemente would be a nice sunny day at 72 degrees and a slight off shore wind.

If San Clemente was a person who would it be? James Franco. I would say San Clemente is one of the few rare beach cities in Orange County that is laid back, fun, and mellow still. The community is full of successful people but, for the most part, everyone is down to earth and not about flaunting their status around. Franco seems like the type of guy you could party with on any night without worrying about being judged, even know he’s probably filthy rich.

How long have you been using Instagram? 5 Years

What do you shoot with? iPhone / Drone / Panasonic GH4

What is your editing process? Lightroom

Has Instagram affected how you shoot? Definitely, I would say that I try a frame up my subjects based on the Insta Square but it all really depends on what I’m into that day.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? I would say the most important part is to have fun and don’t be afraid to step out of the box and don’t be afraid to challenge your skills.

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers? @californiaholics, @themadhueys and @rawcalifornia

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Name:Eric Peniata

City:San Clemente

Best place to eat:

Hapa J’s

Best place to drink:


Best outdoor activity:


Must do:

Paddle out to Seal Rock (on a calm day)

Local tip:

Smile, wave and pass on the stoke