Sunrise At Dana Strand Beach

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    Last Saturday, I knew there would be some clouds around with another 20 percent chance of showers, so I set off for Laguna and shot the coast for awhile just South of Ruby Street Park. After shooting for a half hour or so between showers, I headed further south to an area that I found just a couple weeks ago just North of Dana Point. I had been looking for a rocky area where I could experiment with long exposure brackets with my 10 stop ND filter and I finally found one just below the Ritz Carlton Hotel which I believe just went in a couple years ago. I took my life in my hands getting down to the water while trying to protect my camera and lenses, but finally found a suitable rock to set my tripod on while keeping an eye on the 6-9 foot waves that were coming in with the storm. The waves never quite made it to where I set up, but the water was lapping at my feet the whole time I was shooting. I've been doused before, so I'm always a bit wary now, lol.

    I have really fallen in love with this area of the California Coast, and I hope to get a chance to shoot quite a bit more down there in the coming year. I'm also hoping to get a chance to go looking for whales around Dana Point as well as they should hang around until Mid March from what I understand.

    3 shot bracket with the Sigma 10-20 and 10 Stop B & W ND filter. Longest exposure was 20 seconds at F14.)

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    1. trishhartmann 27 months ago | reply

      Incredible photo!

    2. Angelasews 27 months ago | reply

      Holy Moly! That is incredible!

    3. Brendan Meier 27 months ago | reply

      Wow! Between the mistiness in the air and the way the sun hits the side of the clouds, that is a spectacular scene!

    4. Harris Hui (in search of light) 27 months ago | reply

      Beautiful scenic sunrise! William
      Happy Monday and week ahead!

    5. Malhas© 27 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot.

    6. Harry Ball 27 months ago | reply

      Great shot mate, nice hdr

    7. giorgosgrigoriadis16 27 months ago | reply

      very beautiful work my friend !!!!!

    8. Danny Thompson Jr 27 months ago | reply

      I need to get an ND filter already. That point is so cool XD

    9. Burnsland (Steve Burns) 27 months ago | reply

      That looks just perfect! Great shot!

    10. Brett Kiger 27 months ago | reply

      Another stunner, I'm loving this tour of the California coastline!

    11. Katie Marino 27 months ago | reply

      Wow. This is other-worldly.

    12. DugJax 27 months ago | reply

      The landscape, view and processing work are all beautifully dramatic.

    13. Kent Freeman (Off Line) 27 months ago | reply

      Even more stunning after pressing "L".

    14. Jessica Kirste 27 months ago | reply

      Awesome capture!! :)

    15. Natalie Bell 27 months ago | reply

      Another brilliant photo!

    16. thecookielady123... catching up:) 27 months ago | reply

      Oh wow...I'm thinking this would look super amazing framed on a wall...in my house!! Its just beautiful:)

    17. MBesantPhoto 27 months ago | reply

      How awesome! When I finally get out west (Probably in '13) you are going to have to take me around to some of these wonderful spots!

    18. Neil Kremer 26 months ago | reply

      I didn't know Dana Point had any rocky sections like this. I'll have to get down there because this is beautiful.

    19. martinbraunphotography.com 26 months ago | reply

      Absolutely beautiful. Amazings shot. Good job!

    20. freshairsandiego... 19 months ago | reply

      this is just awesome!

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