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China Camp Smudge

China Camp State Park - San Rafael, California


This past weekend I met up with my contact Ivan for a sunrise shoot over the bay. We met up in Sausalito, "dark" and early so we could figure out what looked the best for the morning. Thin, high clouds were looking good as we looked out over the bay, so we decided to make our way up to the Headlands. Just as we came around the corner, and the Golden Gate came into view, I noticed some low fog hanging around. As I've said before... I never get sick of low fog around the bridge. I felt a bit more excited at that moment because Ivan had made a long trip south for this shoot. A 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive, if I'm not mistaken. Now thats dedication! I was just glad that conditions were a bit unique, and good for the sunrise.


We made the drive up the hill and setup on the edge of Hawk Hill.... I made a few exposures, and watched as the low fog moved through the bridge. Colors changing in the sky, hands freezing, and just enjoying the morning. It was nice.


I went home with a few decent images, but nothing that really grabbed my attention. Ivan was a bit more adventurous, and braved the hike through the poison oak, and down the side of Hawk Hill, so I am sure he has some better compositions to display....


I decided to leave the sunrise to Ivan, and upload a image I made back in January. This is one of those images that you like, but not sure if it works. The reflections are the key to this image in my opinion. The pier is nice, but it felt a little cluttered. Not exactly minimal, but still a interesting focal point. The sun came up over the Richmond / East Bay hills, and provided some bright, contrasty light. The colors were nice, but the image just seemed perfect for B&W. So after going back and forth with this image for a couple months now, I decided to finish the processing, and send it out to the world....


Thanks for viewing!


Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: EF 70-200 f/4L (no IS)

Exposure: 150

Aperture: f/13.0

Focal Length: 70 mm

ISO Speed: 50


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Taken on January 30, 2010