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Bolinas Ridge Sunset | by David Shield Photography
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Bolinas Ridge Sunset

My favorite images of this scene feature beautiful bright vivid green grasses, which I believe are best viewed sometime in April. I now realize that I was about 2-4 weeks late to capture that scene. However, even with the darker grass, this view is still one of the most spectacular in the area.


I decided that I would attempt to create some interesting light, by including the setting sun in the scene. I waited until the sun was low enough so it would be positioned in the image proportionately, and began shooting. To capture a scene like this with such a bright sky, I enlisted the aid of 2 ND grad filters. Putting two grads on the end of my lens is something I rarely do; however in this case it was a necessity.


I have included more information about this image in my latest blog post.


I am putting a return trip to capture this scene at the top of my list, for next April. One other fact about this location I learned the hard way was that the vantage point I chose to set up is off the main trail requires walking through many bushes of stinging nettles. If I choose to set up at the same spot next year, I will definitely remember to wear long pants, as opposed to shorts.


Nikon D7000

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5 at 45mm

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ISO 125

Singh-Ray ND Grad

Daryl Benson Reverse ND Grad


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Taken on May 19, 2012