• i think the ripples in the sand add just that more to the flow of the photo... - ---=.O.=--- n777jc ---=.O.=---
  • What is that? Is that a ...marijuana leaf? - NicBarca
  • I looked at it closely at the time and it seemed to be symmetrical shape along with others that you can't see in this photo.
  • I waited for some foam to highlight the edge of the sandstone. Otherwise, it blended in with the sea.
  • i'm looking at it blown up & it looks like a cave carving or something... - ---=.O.=--- n777jc ---=.O.=---
  • it looks like a cave drawing when blown up with pic lens... - ---=.O.=--- n777jc ---=.O.=---
  • This is the ultimate, sympathic sky! - 007 Photo Guy
  • Wow it looks like the clouds are enclosing down on the earth. - chandler emory

Sandstone and Sky #2 - La Jolla, California

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The sun rises over La Jolla California, only it wasn't the sun that caught my eye! No HDR....

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Settings etc.:

1/6-second @F22 with LEE soft ND grad 0.75
Cokin z-pro filter holder
Canon 5D
Canon 17-40L @ 17
ISO 100
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop

So, I was shooting the sunrise out at the point on the far left of this frame, pointing to the right over the ocean when I looked up and saw this amazing formation in the strato-cumulus cloud deck. I looked around for some rock formations that lined up with the clouds but saw nothing out there. So, I ran almost a mile down the beach over terrain like you see in the foreground until I finally saw what I wanted.

Fortunately the cloud formation stayed in place long enough for me to capture it here!

Then I waited for a wave to complement the scene and provide definition to the sandstone formation on the right side of the frame. I have never seen anything like
this before or after, so I was quite fortunate!

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  1. artland 57 months ago | reply

    This is a wonderful shot!
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  2. Warren Henricus (remz_zeros) 55 months ago | reply

    ur photos are crazy good!

  3. Dany Eid 51 months ago | reply

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  4. Steve Courson 51 months ago | reply

    Crazy nice shot. All of it works. Glad you posted it.

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  7. Leah Ballin 50 months ago | reply

    Wickedly magical but familiar. Nice work! I also really appreciate you including shooting info. Thank you.

  8. cummo81 48 months ago | reply

    Wonderful...I feel like watching a picture of Salvador Dalì. Thanks for share with us your art and your knowledge!

  9. ✧kaziza✧ 47 months ago | reply

    Something special... it's lovely, thanks.

  10. Raghu Lakshminaarayanan 45 months ago | reply

    superb...too many things to learn from you.

  11. moondoggie71 45 months ago | reply

    great shot, appreciate the story behind the image, too.

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  13. Caz 71♥ 37 months ago | reply

    Hi, im an Admin for `Howards Gallery` and would be very honoured if you would consider posting your stunning photo into the Gallery.
    This Gallery is so different than anything flickr has done before, as it is an easy place to belong to and participate, yet you have to have exemplary work to be invited here, and it is my opinion that this wonderful piece here belongs with us ……. I hope you will post this picture of yours with pride into the Gallery..…and we look forward to seeing more of your talent in the future......Kind regards..Caz (A)

  14. tsoulou@ 29 months ago | reply

    amazing work!!!!congrats!!!

  15. cowlishaw 22 months ago | reply

    really nice! :)

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