• A different viewpoint
  • Barely visible on the REALLY Big view, the last section of the abandoned Davenport Pier
  • A different viewpoint
  • Cave to the beach, where the winter time creek flows
  • The Cement Plant of Davenport
  • Just take a look at the clouds..fantastic! - Kelby_Images

Shark Fin Cove Pano, Part II - Davenport, California

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Panorama Madness Continues

I had an opportunity to meet up with world famous Oregonian photographer, ~Aaron Reed~, but an unexpected trip to the airport kept me from doing so. I'm hoping he was up and shooting, because it sure was a nice sunrise as I headed back over Highway 17 into Santa Cruz. Sorry Aaron, maybe next time.

I did book it on up to Shark Fin Cove, just south of Davenport, for another run at some panorama fun as the last bits of color faded from the sky. I stacked some filters, stopped down, and slowed the water as much as possible. I will return again for different conditions for certain.

If it looks like I am on a cliff edge, it is because I am. Nothing too dangerous, just make sure your shoes are tied!

Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 18mm
6 exposures at 3 sec each @ f22, ISO 100
B+W Polarizer
Lee .9 and .6 Soft Stop ND Grad Filters

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  1. DP|Photography 73 months ago | reply

    spectacular pano of a fantastic place. those waters are something!!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  2. urbaguilera 73 months ago | reply

    I love this capture, the ocean looks really wild, stunning atmosphere!!

  3. .Jes 73 months ago | reply

    Your work is stellar. I love it.

  4. Luis Marín 73 months ago | reply

    I love this scene, excellent exposure Jim.

    Well job!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

  5. Darren White Photography 73 months ago | reply

    World Famous Aaron Reed??????????????????

  6. 67Bosely 73 months ago | reply


    Simply stunning, real drama and power! Gorgeously captured. Instant fave.

  7. Jim Patterson Photography 73 months ago | reply

    Are you jealous, Darren? Maybe when you come down to Cali, I'll give you a shout out. ;)

  8. Matt Granz Photography 73 months ago | reply

    You are invited to post this image to "Spectacular Landscape, invitation only"

  9. Rudy M Photography 73 months ago | reply

    Amazing pano Jim! Man that sea looks angry. Perfect shutter to capture all that movement!!

  10. ~ Aaron Reed ~ 73 months ago | reply

    Yes, Darren is jealous. I don't have anything on his moon placement skills though.

  11. Michael Henke 73 months ago | reply

    WOW for the small one and "Bastard" for the big one at your website.
    "Bastard" means much bedder than WOW or perfect. The best real comment I ever got for one of my pictures. :-)
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. luseja 73 months ago | reply

    brillante!!! excelente panoramica!

  13. Lukas Wenger Photography 73 months ago | reply

    How close to the edge of the cliff did you have to go for this shot? I was at this spot tonight and I couldn't get all of that smaller rock in. At least I couldn't get it all in w/o going closer than I wanted to the edge.

  14. Jim Patterson Photography 73 months ago | reply

    Don't you know, I can levitate for several minutes at a time. Comes in handy for shots like this! JK.

    Could be how wide your lens goes. How wide were you shooting? And my tripod was about a foot or so from the edge.

  15. Lukas Wenger Photography 73 months ago | reply

    Super powers would come in pretty handy for a landscape photographer...teleportation, weather control, the ability to wake up before sunrise and not hit the snooze button, flying...sounds good to me.

    Anyway, 16mm on a 1.5x crop so 24mm EFL. I don't think I was as close as you. I just wasn't sure what was safe. Everything was a little soft from the rains. Dang it! I like the shot aside from the clipping of the rock.

  16. little m:) 73 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called eXtremePhotography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  17. Rich Capture 60 months ago | reply

    I know this place well. Its a cool little shelf on the south end of the cove. Not that bad unless you fell. No chance at survival. If the fall didn't kill you, the huge wave smashing you up against the rocks would do the trick. Be careful. LOL. :-)

  18. Darvin Atkeson 41 months ago | reply

    Hey Jim,

    It's been a while. Since i looked over your stream. Very nice shot.



  19. elmofoto 31 months ago | reply

    As always, a gorgeous capture, Jim! I see a lot of SFC shots taken from around the cove nearest where the path leads down to the beach, but not from the south like this. Great pano!

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