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Weathering The Storm - Davenport, California

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I made a quick trip after work to try and capture yet another sunset. On the drive, the sun beams were in full force, and my excitement level rose.


However, the clouds did an excellent job of subduing the color, so I went with some longer exposures. The incoming tide coupled with some pretty big swells kept me further back from my usual compositions, but It led me to this one instead.


It is the south end of Hole In The Wall Beach and the tall rock in distance is where I shot a sunrise shot about 5 weeks before and had my run in with slick algae.


No slippage this night. Thank God! And I did meet two photographers from Berkeley who saw some shots on Flickr that interested them enough to come down and shoot. I told them they were probably my photos, a bit egotistical in hindsight. But I do take some pride in putting Panther Beach and this stretch of coast on the proverbial "Flickr Map". It brought back the memory of my first time shooting here and how I felt like a kid in a candy store. So many cool rock formations and such a wild feel to the place.


And much better to see some nice seascapes and have more photographers at this beach instead of all the litter bugs and bikini shots...well, I guess that depends on your tastes. ;)


Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 18mm

61sec @ f18, ISO 100

Tiffen .9 ND Filter

Lee .9 and .6 Soft GND Filters


I would have taken the Tiffen filter off, but it binds with my filter holder. I can't wait to get rid of it! The exposure was still too dark, so I did increase the exposure in Photoshop. In hindsight, I could have dropped my f-stop to f10 or f11, but alas, live and learn. I still think it was worth posting.

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Taken on April 24, 2009