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Passing Time

McClures Beach - Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County California


One from the archives....


A few months back, I made a trip out to McClures Beach out at the northern end of the Point Reyes National Seashore. The sky was interesting at times, giving off some nice color at some very odd times of the afternoon. The actual sunset was not that great, but the color that was projected onto the sky for the 1 1/2 hours before were nice. Soft at times, and brilliant at others... Between the angry sea, and the active sky, it was a wonderful evening alone on this beach.


Making this long exposure was not a easy task.... The ocean was not happy on this December evening. The swells were larger than I had ever seen out here on this beach, and they moved fast. Very fast! The waves came in one after the other, causing the area to almost flood. Somehow ( I don't know why) I managed to make this 10 minute exposure. Just after this exposure, this exact spot was under about 4 - 5 ft of water. Wave after wave would come in, pinning me up against the cliff that sits just behind the camera.


Have a view of the angry sea as seen from 10 ft away, and 10 minutes after I made this exposure.


Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: EF 17-40 f/4 L

Exposure: 601

Aperture: f/13.0

Focal Length: 20 mm

ISO Speed: 50

B+W ND 110 (10 stop solid ND)

Lee .3 & .9 hard edge ND grads


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Taken on December 8, 2009