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Shower of Fire | by JohnCramerPhotography
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Shower of Fire

Pfeiffer Beach Portal with Sunbeam and Falling Water.

The late afternoon sun illuminates the 12-foot high portal through the rocks at Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur. This angle combines the glowing sunbeam with the dripping water from a recent sea splash for a shower of fire effect. I timed the photo to just after a big sea splash to capture the falling water. Just after I took this picture, the clouds obscured the sun and the opportunity was over.


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Photo taken with Nikon D7000 with 18-200mm Nikkor lens, and Manfrotto 732YB,482k tripod.

Shutter speed: 1/40 sec.


Focal length 135mm.


Pfeiffer Beach is operated by the US Forest Service as part of the Los Padres National Forest, and is open from 10am to 9pm. Besides the portal and amazing rock formations another distinct feature of this beach is its purple sand. To get there take the turnoff from highway 1 onto Sycamore Canyon Road. (located between the Big Sur Ranger Station and the Post Office.)

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Taken on November 19, 2011