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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.)

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Taken on February 11, 2012