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Sandstone and Sky #2 - La Jolla, California | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Sandstone and Sky #2 - La Jolla, California

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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Taken on December 29, 2007