- The sun sets here only for December and January, so get out here now!
- During July, the sun sets about here, so the hills in the background are dark.
- You only get light here that is this bright at sunset a for a month or two each year! During the day, the hills have light year round.
- These are really nice looking patches of seaweed, which I've captured on other version of this scene.
- This beach is only exposed during the very lowest of tides, though a little bit of it can be seen during the average low tide.
- These clouds had light on them for about 3 or 4 minutes so I did all my work then. After that, the light faded.
- I waited for light to hit this tower and the other one too. It really added something to the entire photo.
- The light scored a direct hit here, so it added another place for the eye to go.
- The people on this tour boat were very lucky!
- The Sausalito marina. Site of a few of my other foggy sunset shots.
- I waited to most of the water to leave so as to show a bit of reflection here. But just a hint.
- When I saw the light hit here, I knew that based on the direction of the clouds, the light would spread across the whole scene!
- I waited for this little wave to curl. I try to add bits like this to make it more interesting.
- Normally a steel-grey sky is not the best, but it provided a good contrast to the very well-lit warm clouds.
- There were surfers out here. This is the bay side with the pacific beyond the bridge.
- I made some specifically for a 1x2 panoramic crop.
- My next upload was created right here. www.flickr.com/photos/patrick-smith-photography/419530651...
- Thanks for this info!! :) - I'm on a learning curve!!
Light on the Marin Headlands - San Francisco, California
The prospect of a perfect alignment of the lowest tide of the month, at sunset, with a clearing storm and the sun setting furthest south (to the left) to light up the Marin Headlands (on the right) was too good to pass up, so I headed out for some shooting! No HDR.
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Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40L @24
0.5-second exposure @F14
LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.75
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto pistol grip ball head
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
No shoes so I don't have to worry about getting wet.
Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your
Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries
have similar websites)
When I got here, the sky was dark and heavy, and the tide was about a foot higher, so this scene was hard to imagine at that point. But I noticed on the satellite website that the storm might break right at sunset. So I thought I had a chance.
Eventually the light got better. So while I waited for the right light over the bridge, I did some long exposures of a pier to the right of the frame that came out really well. I'll show those later. Then I took off my shoes and headed out. Fortunately it has warmed back up to normal so the water was fine. Then, the sky opened up and I made about 20 versions of this scene as the clouds and waves rolled by.
It was hard to believe that every single element I had hoped for could possibly come together like this, but never say never! I have some with a glossy surface with a reflected bridge but this version had some nice dynamic motion so I'm going with this one. It is moments like this that make me glad that I took up photography.
The map shows exactly where this is, even though it shows no beach. The beach is only there during a VERY low tide. No hiking required but you must climb down slippery rocks to get here.
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