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The Dragon’s Breath | by Willie Huang Photo
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The Dragon’s Breath

I decided to head to Pfeiffer Beach a second time this winter along with Aaron and Celina for round two of shooting the famous portal at sunset. This weekend seemed to have ideal conditions for this shoot. Low tide: check, Strong surf: check, Clear skies: check.


Knowing how there have been masses arriving here for shoots lately we wanted to arrive early and stake our spots. We ended up arriving 2.5hrs in advance and scoped out different compositions before settling at our final destination. Having shot the portal from the left side my first try I wanted to shoot it from the right this time. The right side has a somewhat better view of the portal opening and may exhibit some glowing splashes.


As sunset approached the number of tripods and cameras increased. The rough surf definitely helped increase the mist and spray that acted as the medium for the sunlight to glow. About 10 minutes before sunset a series of large waves crashed through the portal and kicked up a considerable amount of mist. Coupled with some light winds the mist spread out from the portal and created a vivid orange light beam. Wow I thought. I had never seen such an intense and large light beam here during the last few minutes of sunset. I fired away shot after shot and after about 10-15 seconds this large beam had dissipated.


Amazing company, amazing light beam, and amazing sunset summed up the day.


Canon 5D Mark II

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L



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Taken on January 7, 2012