• Two minutes after I made this image, the sun dropped into this opening and the glare was too much. After that the light was not good for a shortish exposure, though I did make a one minute exposure for that smooth look. it is on my website.
  • Seagulls! Just a pixel compared to this rock.
  • I waited for the water to swirl around this point and the 0.8 second exposure time showed the motion without the sea turning into chaotic cotton!
  • I wanted to have bits of light right here.
  • For just a moment, the light hit this rock and added a little extra interest here,
  • The tripod is literally hanging off the cliff. I held it in place during the exposure. There was no good place to put the tripod without it being too far away from the action.
  • This is the classic California coastal thick heavy summer fog. It is the only cloud cover from April through the end of October, so one must make the most of it!
  • Fortunately the cliff to the right of the frame provided some nice backlighting to show detail on the dark side of the rock.
  • I Love the Waves :)) - basyeban
  • love how the water hit the rock here - billyphamphotography.com

Point Lobos - Pinnacle Rock #1

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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.


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  1. Rui Almeida. 51 months ago | reply

    great atmosphere! wonderful shot.
    well done!
    Seen on photo.tutsplus.com ( ?² )

  2. © Just B Photography [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

    Absolutely Amazing!

  3. -Ina Ina- 50 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot!

  4. joshp428 50 months ago | reply

    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.

  5. Emotioned.com 50 months ago | reply

    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:

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  6. Tim T Photography 47 months ago | reply

    fantastic photo! such simple settings

  7. Jamie Ramage 47 months ago | reply

    Loved the whole long exposure water set you posted. Thanks - great inspiration!

  8. artland 47 months ago | reply

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


  9. ᕼᗩᑎY ★ 46 months ago | reply

    i like it amazing shot

  10. ManicIgniter 46 months ago | reply

    Photo Mastery!

  11. Andy Reeves Photography 44 months ago | reply

    Wonderful capture! Looks like an amazing location. I would love to travel here :).

  12. peter niu 41 months ago | reply

    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?

  13. pashkapej 38 months ago | reply

    Beautiful. You should do it for living :))

  14. Shen_Rob 34 months ago | reply

    perfect shot!

  15. Conrad... 23 months ago | reply

    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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