Granite Morning: Pacific Grove, California

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    At certain locations, it is really difficult to resist a vertical comp. The amount of depth you can achieve with a vertical, wide-angle composition is unbeatable.

    The granite on this coastline just southwest of Monterey really varies in color. It also is a lot warmer in tones than what I see up in the Sierra Nevada. I'm not sure if that is because it is stained, has more iron, or what, but I really like the colors in this shot.

    The waves were really roaring on this morning, and I had a hell of a time keeping my filters clean. The spray from the waves hitting the rocks in the distance was quite challenging!

    I am trying to avoid blown-out areas in my photos, and I think I got pretty close on this shot. The sun is obviously about to rise behind the cypress trees, but I managed to keep some color even in the lightest area. Just a few minutes later, this would have been impossible, even with stacked ND grad filters.

    This is one single image, no HDR treatment.

    Canon 5D Mark II
    Canon 17-40L @17mm
    0.8 second exposure @ F11
    Lee soft ND grad .9 & .75 filters
    ISO 50

    Brandon Curtis, milophoto, and 21 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. D Breezy - 61 months ago | reply

      superb composition, great colors, well done.

    2. Lance Rudge 61 months ago | reply

      Love the glow of the sun and textures on the foreground rocks!!

    3. Ah Hman 61 months ago | reply

      very nice it in pacific grove!

    4. Steph & the ocean [deleted] 61 months ago | reply

      lovely light & compo !
      funny, we heve the same granite in Brittany :)

    5. Karl Batchelor [deleted] 61 months ago | reply

      This is so cool! great work!

    6. DavidFrutos 61 months ago | reply

      Fantastic work Ivan.
      The textures in the FG are excellent.

      Vista en las fotos de mis contactos. (Yo también quiero esto)

    7. Ivan Sohrakoff 61 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the comments and critique, I really do appreciate them!

      Joe -Thanks for the kind words! I've got a reverse grad on order. There are just too many shots that get a bit too dark at the top with the horizon needing a bit more ND.

      Blue Hour -I'm pickin' up what you're layin' down (re. curvy cirlce)!

      Andrew Mace - Yes, I would have liked to get some streaky ocean action, but didn't manage to capture any good versions of that. Next time!

      Gotfish -I'm telling ya, this granite is a photographer's dream!

      Devilineden -Thanks! I appreciate the kind words.

      Cedric -oooh, a shower cap! That is a good suggestion. Hmmm. That would work great while setting up and composing if i could find one that I could actually see through enough...

      Dylan -Good to hear you wrangled the filter holder into submission!

      Steph -Hey man, maybe creative plate tectonics?!

    8. Mahnie 61 months ago | reply

      how beautiful!

    9. Jeff J....... 61 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous! That forground detail is outstanding. Great work!

    10. Chris Gin 61 months ago | reply

      Wow this is stunning!! Beautifully composed and some great light.

    11. maxxsmart 61 months ago | reply

      I agree...... This scene was perfect for a vertical. Nice detail, color, and as said, comp. By the way.... Any time you want to tour around the bay, let me know. No lunch needed :)

    12. Ry" 61 months ago | reply

      Great shot! so much amazing color and detail!

    13. Andrew Kumler 61 months ago | reply

      You done really good here Ivan. Love the tones in that rock as well.
      For me , there are times when a little bit of blown highlights is ok, as it would be to the naked eye. Keeps it natural :) Great work man.

    14. Extra Medium 61 months ago | reply

      A perfect stacking of layers here. Great mild sunset too. Nothing too outlandish but looks great.

    15. cedric_g 61 months ago | reply

      lol, set-up, compose, wipe, put cap, wait for the moment, take-off, shoot, wipe and put back on... :)

    16. Gary Randall 61 months ago | reply

      I love vert comps... for the reason's that you mention.

      The rocks in the foreground are perfect. Great glow in the sky and I really like the color of the water. Nice shot.

      I was born in Monterey. Thanks for the great shots! You made me a bit homesick. : )

    17. Eric Rousset 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sand/Sea/Sky/Sun : The Four Fantastic ( Invitation ), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Nice lead of rocks

    18. Tommaso Renzi 61 months ago | reply

      Cool shot, lovely rocks in the foreground

    19. davideibiza 48 months ago | reply

      Great color composition.

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