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Rodeo Beach - Marin Headlands - California


yet another composition that has been on my mind for a few months now. I watched the weather reports and according to several different sources, we should have had a storm rolling in around sunrise. No such luck as you can see. In fact, Its now Sunday morning and I still see a clear sky. With very few clouds in sight we decided that we would be better off at the beach.


We walked out on to the beach and noticed the tide was a bit high to make it down the south side where the popular sea stacks are located so we ended up on the north end. The full ( or almost full) moon was still hanging a bit high in the sky and offering some nice light on the sand so we set up here. The moon was just above the hillside on the right while the sun was rising directly behind the camera.


Originally my thought was to convert this to B&W to keep the image as simple as possible but I was quickly convinced otherwise. I never really gave the color version a chance. I just looked at it on the small screen of the camera and wanted to do the conversion. I guess I really need to stop and look at things a bit more. Thank you Kearsten for your input on this one. I really do appreciate it.


The image is dark. Intended to be that way. I really just wanted to keep it simple.


Canon 5D Mark II - 17-40mm - 2 & 3 stop hard edge ND grads.

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Taken on December 13, 2008