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Test of Time, Hole in the Wall Beach, Davenport, California | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Test of Time, Hole in the Wall Beach, Davenport, California

Just before I made the picture of the Baseball (US) World Series game in San Francisco, I was here. What a difference a couple of hours make! Where is here? Read on. No HDR.

 

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Settings etc.:

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Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40L @17.5

1/5-second exposure @F11

LEE soft ND grads (100x150mm - 4x6in) 0.9 + 0.9

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

No polarizer.

ISO 50

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop

Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod

Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

 

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The Story

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The rainy season is just beginning in California. In the past couple of weeks, we have had one good day of rain and a few others with a few sprinkles. The last rains were in April. So as a new storm approached, I decided to head out to the beach to see some real clouds, not just the regular summer fog. I had to keep driving down the coast in order to stay ahead of the thick clouds and I ended up 50 miles south from my intended destination. Finally, I ended up at "Hole in the Wall Beach" a favorite local photo spot. You have to walk through a beautiful sea arch to get here. It pays to keep track of the weather in situations like this because you can move to a more favorable location!

 

When I see a rocky outcrop like this, I often wonder how long it has been here, standing up to storms and surf. 100 years? 1,000? 10,000? 1 million? More? Since coastal erosion takes so much time at rocky locations like this, it really makes you think of the immense stretches of time required to carve out a scenic stretch of coast like this. It makes me realize how small I am compared to everything. This sense of smallness is obvious in a place like a deep canyon, a volcano or an ice-sculpted mountain. However, even a simple rock extending into the sea can spur the imagination to wonder what stories it would tell!

 

If you want to see the slightly different scene that I saw 2 hours after this, see here:

 

www.flickr.com/photos/patrick-smith-photography/512274498...

 

The map shows the exact location.

 

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Resources:

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Google Earth

earth.google.com/

 

Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.

 

Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)

www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr

 

Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)

tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235

 

Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/main_int.html

Or Here:

www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/RP1bw.gif

 

Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.

 

www.californiacoastline.org/

 

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Taken on October 27, 2010