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Garrapata Surf #7 - Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Garrapata Surf #7 - Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California

The State of California announced that it is closing 70 of its 278 parks. Read more below. So in memorium of the incredible Garrapata state park (which could easily be one of the best looking national parks in the US), here is one from the archives. No HDR.


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Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40L @22

1/5-second exposure @F13

LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.75

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

No polarizer.

ISO 50

Small Slik tripod with Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol grip ball head

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop

Bare feet and rolled up blue jeans. You have to get wet for this.






As I read the story about the park closures, I skipped down to see which parks were closing and sure enough, Garrapata is closing. I'm not sure if that means that nobody can walk to this beach. There are no fences, gates or rangers. It is an easy walk down here so I'm not sure how this could be 'closed.' but we will see.


Then I went back into the my archives to look through old photos and I saw this unprocessed photo made on an evening with some superb light. (I have a bunch of stuff I should process but just haven't around to it yet.) I wonder how long it will be before I can see this place again? Maybe any time or maybe years? Not sure. The budget is out of balance and nobody wants to compromise, so it may be a long wait!


Here is the press release about the park closures.


I made with Ivan Makarov a while ago.


The map shows exactly where this is. It is an easy hike from the parking lot.






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Taken on December 20, 2009