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History Revealed - Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz, California

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The past week, California has seen some pretty big storms rip through the area. Rain, wind, and heavy surf have wreaked havoc on a lot of people. I am probably not alone, but the storms have wreaked havoc on my photography as well.


I have been chasing the sunsets up and down the coast, only to be turned away by the pounding sea and the incessant wind. I've been relegated to "tourist" status as I take hand held snapshots of the storm from the safety of my car or from bluffs well above sea level. It has been a spectacle to behold, just difficult to photograph.


Last night, I decided to jump into the mix. After driving up the coast 7-8 miles, I verified that the break I saw on the radar was indeed coming towards land. However, few beaches remained as the storm waves engulfed everything.


I high tailed it back into town for a little more protection and stopped at Twin Lakes State Beach.


Two years ago, these old pier pilings were exposed. Kendra dragged me down to take some photos, one of my first real attempts at seascape photography. A week later, the pilings were covered up. Last winter, they remained covered. But with the recent storms, more pilings are exposed than I've ever seen before.


And yes, 50% body immersion was required for this shot.


Nikon D300

Tokina 11-16mm @ 15mm

0.4 sec @ f11, ISO 100

Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse GND Filter

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Taken on January 20, 2010