• Heavenly light -- super shot! - Stephen Oachs (ApertureAcademy.com)
  • I waited for the rays to spead out between the legs of the pier.
  • This light lasted for about 5 minutes.
  • This colorful foam lasts for about 20 seconds and then the next wave comes in.
  • This area is wet because each wave would come crashing over it making me stand in waist-deep water with the tripod over my head while I waited for it to receed!
  • I split the horizon 50/50 because there is just as much interest above and below the middle of this photograph.

The Light behind the Scripps Pier

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For 20 seconds, the light appeared, then it was gone!

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1.3-second exposure @F22
2 LEE soft ND grad 0.9's angled from 10am-4pm
Cokin z-pro fil
Canon 5D (mark I..lol)
Canon 17-40L @ 22
ISO 50
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop

The Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California is used by oceanographers to do studies on the ocean and its effects on the rest of the planet. Before making this image, I waited for the light rays to arrange themselves between the pilings. I also waited for the waves to pull back leaving foam on the sand. I didn’t have to wait too long because the wind was howling and the clouds were moving quickly. The sea spray and rain made the shafts of light easily visible. The rain also added depth to the image by having the background disappear into the mist. I liked how the light brought out the colors in the foam on the sand. Good atmosphere often produces subtle effects that you don’t see on a clear day.

Two minutes before I took the shot, I was holding the tripod over my head in chest-deep water with my back against the sea-wall behind me! Notice the wet rocks? I wanted to get in close to capture the foam in front when it formed during the pullback of the water.

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  1. InvaderDiz 58 months ago | reply

    that's beast.

  2. bazilicom 57 months ago | reply

    A seriously killer capture

  3. artland 57 months ago | reply

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


    artland

  4. Kosmmit [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

    Thank you! You even put on your setting info. Learning learning learning...

  5. Emotioned.com 49 months ago | reply

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  6. ツMaaar 48 months ago | reply

    sorry i am looking around your stream hehe, found this and can't wait to do a click.
    it is really really really awesome Patrick !

  7. Tinsley-Marshall Photography 46 months ago | reply

    A truely magical picture. The suns rays split like that make you think how powerfull it really is..

  8. chiang arthur 46 months ago | reply

    Great capture! Fav.

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  10. maruxa fotografía 40 months ago | reply

    Gran nitidez y bonita luz!

  11. KaronLNetherland 37 months ago | reply

    Very,very beautiful shot.

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  13. Dirtyhippie1 32 months ago | reply

    what does 10am to 4pm mean in position of the 2 grads

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