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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

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Taken on February 28, 2010