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Morro Rock, California

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This was one of our stops on the central coast of California during a recent vacation. Morro Rock is a volcanic plug that stands 581-foot (177 m) high in Morro Bay, California. It was created when magma hardened within a vent on an active volcano. It was taken with a Tokina 11-17mm lens, which causes everything to look much smaller than it actually is.


To get this shot, I hopped way to many massive boulders with a tripod and mounted camera over my shoulder. One time I got too close to the water and slipped on a wet boulder, causing my feet to come completely out from under me, only to land flat on my back on a rock slab as long as me. Fortunately it was a flat rock, or I probably would not be writing this right now. Camera survived, only inches from slamming into the same rock. I was a bit more careful when I headed back and I don't think I will do anything like this again.


This was one of my first tests of a neutral density filter to lengthen the exposure.

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Taken on September 30, 2011