• He is wet from here down, but the camera is dry.
  • He should get some Keen water shoes. Expensive but worth it!
  • The beginning of a ray of light carried by mist. Sometimes the mist would disappear along with the ray, so you have to be patient and hope the breeze turns onshore again. Offshore winds are bad for the misty effect.
  • Shields up! Check settings. Shields down.. shoot. Isn't it that way on Star Trek?
  • He is shielded in front but maybe he needs two umbrellas!
  • I Placed him in front of the semi-bright mist rather than the super bright areas or the rock, so he would stand out even more and still have detail
  • He is actually halfway between me and the rock. It may not seem like it but I'm zoomed to 105mm. This is a big portal.
  • Overexposured so that the rest will be properly exposed! HDR would help with this. But it was blazingly bright with the naked eye anyway.
  • Why didn't I ever think of this - I just always get wet!! - Raymond Larose -> raylarose.com
  • Most of the photographers were over to the right of here, so Jared was careful not to get in their shots.

The Photographer - Jared Atencio, Pfeiffer State Beach, California

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Nature photography contains risks. One must capture nature before one is captured BY nature! No HDR.

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Canon 5D mark II
Canon 24-105L lens @105mm
1/4-sec. exposure @F14
(I wanted more DOF than F14 but I didn't want to go over ISO 100 (quality) or 1/4-sec. (movement))
ISO 100
No Grad filters.
No polarizer.
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop cs4
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball head

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The Story
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Be forewarned that if you recognize me on a beach such as Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, I will think of you as part of nature and work you in somehow! I met Jared hiding behind the forest of about a dozen tripods. While most of them were taking the same shot, Jared was up there taking the blows for the sake of landscape photography. He had an umbrella that he used as a shield and it did a good job but as you can see in the big version, it did not protect his entire body. But the camera is most important, right?

This is what the edge of nature photography is all about. (Well almost.) Pushing the limits. Risking your equipment on slippery rocks while trying to stay out of the shots of the rest of those that had gathered in this place to see this spectacle. Sure, not everyone is in perfect shape to attempt these feats, but it is good to step out of your comfort zone to see what you can discover regardless of age or disability!

Here is one of the photos that Jared captured at the portal. I think it was taken slightly to the left of where he is in this photo, but you get the idea. Have a look!


The map shows the exact location.

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  1. George Hamilton Paes Barreto 49 months ago | reply

    This photo is a good sample in the flickr. It is awarded the flickr Award!

    flickrAward (post1 – award 5)

  2. Blamethechicken 49 months ago | reply

    I'm sure he definitely got a great photo from that spot!

  3. Sanmi Fotografía 48 months ago | reply

    A very good picture with very good technique.

  4. Fresh Light 48 months ago | reply

    ..amazing nice paradise shot.........................!!!!!!!

  5. JVS time 47 months ago | reply

    Man, this is amazing! I was just there in April and it was sooo windy I couldn't even stand up.

  6. FKaufhold 47 months ago | reply

    actioooon! Very nice, i love it!


  7. ~ Pixel Passion ~ 46 months ago | reply

    wow! it`s fantastic!

  8. CrispyFotos (zPRIME) 45 months ago | reply

    Wow. The colors are just insane! I have to say .. I'm impressed to like the nth degree! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Leonardo Magno 45 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot!!!

  10. Andrea Malnar Photography 43 months ago | reply

    Beautiful work. Well done!

  11. samster1977 43 months ago | reply

    your pics are amazing

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  13. Chus Rodriguez 39 months ago | reply

    tienes una galería magnífica!! Enhorabuena por tu trabajo

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  15. Max Hendel 34 months ago | reply

    Brilliantly captured portrait !!!

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