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Solitude | by mikeSF_
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The alarm goes off at 3 o' something as is typical for sunrise outings in the summer. By 5am, I am at the Golden Gate Bridge, consulting with Rob Y as to our morning plan of attack. Seeing no appreciable clouds nor low fog at the gate, and just an ugly band of smoke on the eastern horizon from massive California wildfires, we opt to go north for China Camp State Park. Rat Rock Island is there and well positioned for morning twilight in the summers when the sun is rising more northerly in the eastern sky.


We arrive, hike down a narrow trail to the water, and get down to business, rarely saying a word, but falling into a synchronicity of shutter clicks as darkness gives way to twilight. After awhile, Rob departs toward the old fishing pier, and I remain behind to grab this final shot. A lone coyote drops in, perhaps hoping to snag a jackrabbit or mouse. The murmur of a distant city is heard, waking up to face a new day. In these welcome moments of solitude, I find my brief escape.


Lens is the DFA55mm f/2.8 on the 645Z. I used a Hoya 9-stop ND filter to lengthen the exposure a bit. No jackrabbits nor mice were harmed in the making of this picture.


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Taken on August 4, 2018