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Big Sur - Garrapata Surf #2

Large waves were rolling the cobblestones on the shoreline of Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California. See the big version under "All sizes" for a better view. No HDR


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This picture has an honorable mention in the Nature Conservancy photo contest! I am a finalist too.


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Canon 5D, 17-40L @33

1/4 second exposure @F14 with LEE ND grad 0.9

Cokin z-pro filter holder

ISO 50

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop

Keen water shoes


A large storm cleared out right at sunset on this beach south of Monterey. That stirred up some large waves and good cloud formations. I waited for over a year for these conditions with a medium tide and finally it all came together. Low tide cuts off the waves and high tide does not show the interesting cobblestones on the beach. Once the conditions were right, it came down to capturing the waves at their most dramatic moment.


One moment (shown here) occurred as the waves struck the sea stacks. (Garrapata Surf #1 on my website) Another happened as the waves hit the cliffs behind. (This one) LOL, and then they hit me a few seconds later but I digress! I made sure to capture both moments. Here, a 1/4 second exposure was enough to show movement in the fast moving water, while retaining detail in the

slower moving water in the foreground. Too bad photographs cannot capture sound as an extra element. The cobblestones made quite an impressive sound as they rolled around in the large surf.


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Taken on February 11, 2007