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Marshall's Beach Sunset

Another shot from Marshall's Beach in San Francisco (last Sunday). While A sunset may be great to watch, without some other interesting element in the shot to pull you in a sunset photo usually isn't too interesting. So I was looking around the beach for something to catch my eye. The most interesting feature I spotted was this area right here where water drained from the adjacent hillside and around the beach back into the ocean. To give it a sense of exaggerated scale I got in close with my wide angle lens.


I also used a couple of grad ND filters to tame the sky and let the foreground expose a little more.


A couple problems I encountered (and didn't solve) were that in order to get the camera in close to the foreground I could barely get low enough to look in the viewfinder. I even managed to get crooked photos despite using a bubble level. Normally I wouldn't hesitate to lay down to look in the viewfinder, but with water flowing under the camera I thought it was a bad idea.


The second problem was one of a sinking tripod. Even though this exposure wasn't very long it seems to be long enough for the tripod to visibly sink and leave a nasty bit of vertical blur on this shot. It's a problem I've encountered before and if anyone has any tips on how to work with a tripod in wet sand... I'm all ears.


Nikon D40 | Sigma 10-20@16mm | ƒ/11 | 1/13s | ISO200 | Tripod

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Taken on February 10, 2008