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Walking on Glass - Pismo Beach, California | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Walking on Glass - Pismo Beach, California

The sky opened up for sunset on Nov. 26th after only the second rain since February 24th! No HDR.


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1/5th-second exposure @F22

LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm 0.9 + 0.6

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Canon 17-40L @40

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This couple was fortunate enough to be witnessing an unbelievable sunset just after an early winter rainstorm was clearing away from the coast. As they walked along, the sky opened and the sun illuminated a low bank of fog and mist right behind them. They stopped and watched it all happen for about two minutes before the clouds returned and the went on their way. The depth in the cloud deck was impressive and the tide was the lowest of the month at sunset. Everything came together for just a moment on this evening.


The sky did end up being a nice red for the sunset but the light here (1/2 hour before sunset) provided better depth to the image.


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Taken on November 26, 2008