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Santa Barbara Sunrise

No HDR, just a long exposure with some grads on top angled from 8am-2pm.


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30-second exposure @F20 with ND grads 0.9 + 0.6

Canon 5D, Canon 17-40L @20


Stearns Wharf is the central attraction on the beach in Santa Barbara. There are shops and great places to eat while you take in the dramatic views of the ocean and the ridge of 4,000-foot mountains behind the city. In the winter, the sun rises behind this wharf, which is the oldest working wharf in California.


It took 10 trips to this pier over the course of a year before I finally made this photograph. On the other occasions, it was either completely clear (most of the time) or completely foggy. There are few places on the west coast where you can see a sunrise, but this beach faces southeast so during the winter, the sun rises behind the pier and over the ocean.




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Taken on November 20, 2007