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Swept Away

Life has been really busy lately. So busy that I haven't had much time to grab my camera and take some photos. I had missed a number of beautiful sunsets in the Bay Area the previous few weeks and I knew I didn't want to miss *all* of them. When the escaype forecast predicted a small chance at a nice sunset, Willie and I grabbed our gear and drove up to Gray Whale Cove in Half Moon Bay, CA.


Ironically Gray Whale Cove was the first place that Willie and I photographed together, back in 2011. I had just found out that there was another guy at work who was getting into photography and a friend suggested we go out and shoot together. My photography has grown to an amazing place with Willie steering me to places I never imagined I'd visit. We've explored deserts in the South West, waterfalls in Oregon, mountains in Montana, hiked up rivers, inside slot canyons, blown tires in the middle of no-where, driven through Icelandic blizzards, crawled into ice-caves, witnessed the Northern Lights, hunted secret locations, and so much more.


We knew Gray Whale Cove had a small seastack that is only visible at a low tide, something that this particular evening was going to have. We just hoped the clouds moved a bit more north for us. This cloud bank that you see here was quite isolated, with mostly blue skies all around it. Fortunately for us, it lit up beautifully after the sun dipped below the horizon. The retreating waves carved out shapes in the sand, something I was able to take advantage of in the foreground of this photo. I also loved the way the wave picked up the color of the sun as the waves continued their line-building.


Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:

20mm, f/11, 1/3 sec, ISO 100


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Taken on October 13, 2015