Point Lobos - Pinnacle Rock #1

The sun peeks under the fog deck at sunset to illuminate the sea. No HDR


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0.8-second exposure @F8

2 ND soft grad 0.9s with Cokin z-pro filter holder

Canon 5D, Canon 17-40L @ 31

Gorillapod tripod to hold the camera on the cliff!


Point Lobos, at the north end of Big Sur just south of Carmel, California could keep a photographer busy for months or even years. It is a peninsula that has been sculptured by large Pacific waves over millions of years and the results are stunning. This is one of the western-most points of rock and is probably 50 feet tall at high tide. Sometimes waves wash over the entire rock. The most interesting motion was occurring just as the waves curl around the rock. I painted long lines (but not too long) with a 0.8 second exposure in order to show the dramatic motion.




  • secretly 4y

  • Rui Almeida 4y

    great atmosphere! wonderful shot.
    well done!
    Seen on photo.tutsplus.com ( ?² )
  • Navin Kumar 4y

    ultimate work mate
  • © Just B Photography 4y

    Absolutely Amazing!
  • Ina Ballerina 4y

    Amazing shot!
  • tugboat1952 4y

  • Joshua Powell 4y

    that's an incredible shot. I love the movement captured in the waves. Point Lobos is awesome, even though I didn't have time to be there for sunrise or set and probably could of explored a lot more of it. Another time. I'm not sure where this is in the park.
  • Ian Cremona 4y

    We are working on a monthly travel and adventure sport competition, all winning entries will be published in an online magazine. Judge panel will selected from Flickr.

    There are 3 parts of the competition, 2 parts are currently under development:

    A Flick group called : www.flickr.com/groups/emotioned/
  • Tim T 4y

    fantastic photo! such simple settings
  • Jamie Ramage 4y

    Loved the whole long exposure water set you posted. Thanks - great inspiration!
  • carlosbezz 4y

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:

  • Hany Pro 4y

    i like it amazing shot
  • Craig 4y

  • Rick Huntsman 4y

    Photo Mastery!
  • Andy Reeves 4y

    Wonderful capture! Looks like an amazing location. I would love to travel here :).
  • Peter Niu 4y

    Great shot!!

    I went to this spot several times, and for me, the most difficult part is to get the details of the water:
    By peterniu.

    How do you "paint long lines" of the water in order to show the dramatic motion?
  • Paul Pokutinskij 3y

    Beautiful. You should do it for living :))
  • Shen_Rob 3y

    perfect shot!
  • victor98_2001 3y

    stunting shot
  • Conrad... 2y

    Hi Patrick. This is a very beautiful capture that seems perfectly exposed. I notice in your description you were using two 0.9 ND soft grade filters. Were these staggered for this particular capture or aligned right on top of each other? In general, when you use two stacked filters do you typically stagger them? Once again, great work. I currently have this photo as my desktop background on my laptop. Thanks! -Conrad
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Taken on August 22, 2007
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