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Point Lobos - Pinnacle Rock #1 | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Point Lobos - Pinnacle Rock #1

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


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This picture is a runner-up in the Nature Conservancy photo contest! It is in the 2010 calendar for the month of November.

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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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Taken on August 22, 2007