Sunrise At Dana Strand Beach

(Better when viewed larger on black by hitting the "L" key. :) )


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.)

  • Trish Hartmann PRO 3y

    Incredible photo!
  • Angela PRO 3y

    Holy Moly! That is incredible!
  • Brendan Meier 3y

    Wow! Between the mistiness in the air and the way the sun hits the side of the clouds, that is a spectacular scene!
  • Harris Hui PRO 3y

    Beautiful scenic sunrise! William
    Happy Monday and week ahead!
  • Malhas© 3y

    Lovely shot.
  • Harry PRO 3y

    Great shot mate, nice hdr
  • giorgos grigoriadis 3y

    very beautiful work my friend !!!!!
  • Danny Thompson 3y

    I need to get an ND filter already. That point is so cool XD
  • Steve 3y

    That looks just perfect! Great shot!
  • Brett Kiger PRO 3y

    Another stunner, I'm loving this tour of the California coastline!
  • Katie Hansen 3y

    Wow. This is other-worldly.
  • Doug PRO 3y

    The landscape, view and processing work are all beautifully dramatic.
  • Kent Freeman PRO 3y

    Even more stunning after pressing "L".
  • Jessica Kirste 3y

    Awesome capture!! :)
  • Natalie Bell 3y

    Another brilliant photo!
  • thecookielady123... catching up:) 3y

    Oh wow...I'm thinking this would look super amazing framed on a my house!! Its just beautiful:)
  • Michael Besant PRO 3y

    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!
  • Neil Kremer PRO 3y

    I didn't know Dana Point had any rocky sections like this. I'll have to get down there because this is beautiful.
  • Martin Braun 3y

    Absolutely beautiful. Amazings shot. Good job!
  • Brian 3y

    this is just awesome!
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Taken on February 11, 2012
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