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the seastack of Davenport | by Eric C Bryan
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the seastack of Davenport

Checked out this wonderful beach in Davenport, which is near Santa Cruz. Didn't have much time here, so I hope to return soon. It was a beautiful, relatively secluded beach with an amazing sea stack. I wish we had those in southern California.


I had only about 20 minutes to photograph this beach before meeting up with a friend, so I hiked in, set up quickly, snapped a few compositions and with a heavy heart, headed back to town. I was lucky to have clouds, just as I was packing up the clouds all burned off and it was a clear empty sky the rest of the day!


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Camera Info:


Camera: Nikon D700

Lens: Nikon 16-35mm

Focal Length: 35mm

Aperture: f/16

Exposure: 0.5 seconds

White Balance: auto

ISO: 200


Tripod, 3 step graduated ND filter + 1 step reverse graduated ND filter.


It was a fairly straight forward shot. I wanted to get some wave action so I slowed the exposure down slightly, waited for some good waves to come in and snapped away.


Post Processing:

Burned and dodged much of this photo. Darkened the clouds to give a more moody atmosphere, and dodged the waves to bring them out more.


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Taken on October 26, 2012