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Old Friends:  Garrapata SP, Big Sur, CA | by Ivan Sohrakoff
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Old Friends: Garrapata SP, Big Sur, CA

I will forever be humbled by the countless sea stacks that stand the test of time on the Pacific Coast. With a constant crashing, pounding, and the relentless ocean dynamic, they remain standing for centuries upon centuries. I visited these stacks two mornings in a row, and had the location to myself for both shoots. I don't get over to the coast that often, so it was a real treat to be able to spend a couple mornings with these two old friends, the sea stacks at Garrapata State Park.


For this photograph, I chose to shoot a single shot for the waves, rocks and sky, but also shot another image focused on the foreground rocks to get more definition. This is always tricky business, as it also slightly changes the focal length, but I felt that this shot would be a relatively easy blend and it would benefit from having sharper rocks in the foreground... as the take up a good 1/3 of the shot.


The glow from the rising sun was brilliant, and I was able to witness a couple of rainbows behind these rocks as well. The power of the surf at this beach demands respect.


Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105L @73mm

0.3 second exposure @ F16

Lee ND soft grad .75 + .9 filters

ISO 160

+ one shot focused on foreground

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Taken on November 20, 2011