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The Photographer - Jared Atencio, Pfeiffer State Beach, California

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



The Story



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.



Other stuff



My pictures are featured on the front page of the

state Government. of California website and the new Governor, Jerry Brown's website too. Have a look! It is Flash with my pics cut into layers for a 3-d slideshow. If you are into building apps, the State has opened up lots of data to the public, so check it out!






Google Earth


Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.


Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)


Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)


Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')

Or Here:


Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.


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Taken on January 21, 2011