It was not easy to get the city entirely below the suspension deck but I squeezed it in! However, if you decide to see if you can capture the same view, do it at your own risk... seriously! See the notes on the photo and the map to see where this is. No HDR.
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Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 17-40L @24
2-minute exposure @F11
LEE soft ND grad 0.9 (100x150mm) (2 grads cause the lights to be doubled!)
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
No NDX-400 dark filter.
Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto pistol grip ball head
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Serious hiking boots required!
(choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave local website)
Tide charting and preditions: (choose your area in US, other countries
have similar websites)
A fishing boat moves slowly with the tide for 2 minutes.
I wanted to get an open view of the city with no cables or roadway blocking the view, so I had to climb down some rather unstable terrain to get here.
Attempting to do photography on the side of this rocky hill and cliff is nervewracking and not very comfortable. It is very similar to the hillside to the left. I point out a similar spot in the photo notes. If you are afraid of heights and/or are not in good shape, do not go here! If you do not have good hiking boots, do not go here! If you are prone to chimping after each shot, do not go here or you will fall to an untimely demise! If you are allergic to poison oak, do not go here or wash thoroughly right when you get home. If you do not have good night vision, do not go here for sunset, or at least have a light you can have on your head. You need your arms and legs to get back up.
Also, don't drink and shoot!
It is all worth it because I wanted to capture a good stretch of the black sand beach on the left and watch the sea foam move back and forth with each wave while swirling around with the tide. It almost looks like I cloned in the foam in spots.
To get here, park at the first big tourist pullout at the top of the hill to the left. Go through the locked gate (only locked to stop cars from going through) on the right side of the parking area and Walk down the fire road that goes all the way to the beach (Kirby Cove) behind the hill I'm on here. Just about 200m from the gate, there is a path on the left to some old fortified concrete bunkers built 100 years ago. Continue down from there either on the left or right side of some trees. So far, no big deal. About 100m below the bunkers is a large rocky outcrop which makes for some excellent foreground interest. But the rock is too high and the view of the city is cut off. Proceed down to the bottom of the outcrop. This view is from here. You can continue another 50m to another lower spot but the view of the beach is mostly blocked
I sure am sending mixed messages, aren't I? Don't go.. .but if you do......hehe....
Last upload of the year I think. Have a great rest of the year and enjoy your holidays or time off!
The map shows exactly where this is. And I have a note on my previous upload showing the exact spot.
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