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Shell Encrusted Rock and Second Beach | by Oilfighter
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Shell Encrusted Rock and Second Beach

Found this image of Second Beach from earlier this year, don’t know why I never posted it. Olympic National Park’s coast line has been a cruel mistress to me. It’s so beautiful, but the weather is always so bad. Problem is, I can’t get enough of it.


Shooting on the beach adds 1 additional factor to the usual cloud, sun, wind etc. Now you have to factor in the tide. I timed my previous visits around low tide, but noticed all these little rocks stranded on the beach. So I figure I’d try it with mid tide. Sure enough, the waves came up just high enough to create a few puddles on the beach. I just wished the sun had poked through the clouds, but I‘ll take what I can.


For this shot, I wanted to do a long exposure with the 10 stop nd filter. So I planted the tripod hard into the waves, then waited for a few minutes for it to really sink into the sand before taking the shot. A reverse 3 stop ND filter was also used to balance out the sky.


5D Mark III

16-35mm f2.8

Singh-Ray 3 stop reverse graduated ND

Lee 10 stop big stopper


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Taken on August 22, 2013