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Library of Ages - Central California | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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Library of Ages - Central California

The fog settled in after another nice sunset along the central California coast.


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The rock layers which record the geologic history of Montana De Oro State Park just south of Big Sur (3 hour drive south of San Francisco and 3 hours north from LA), can be read like books in an ancient library. A long exposure isolated the rock by smoothing the large surf. A shorter exposure would have emphasized the motion of the water and distracted from the incredible rock formations. A dark fog moved in just as the sun set to enhance the mood and allow a longer exposure time. I did make some more dramatic shorter exposures which I may show later.


It is amazing to think that at one time, these layers were put down one at a time on the bottom of the ocean. Then they were lifted and tilted at a 45 degree angle! See the Sierra Club web page for this park:


The footing on the slippery stone was treacherous. Every time I wanted to move more than 5 feet, I had to pack everything into the backpack and crawl along on my hands and knees, so as not to break the camera. Now I see why there are so few pictures taken close to the water at this place!


This is near Morro Bay. See the map for the exact location.


See my notes on the picture for more....



Settings etc.:



Canon 5D (original mark 1)

30-second exposure @F22

(I'd never use F22 on the new 5D mk II,

see my previous 2 uploads for why.)

LEE Soft 150x100cm ND grad 0.9

Lee foundation kit filter holder

Canon 17-40L @ 18

ISO 50

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop


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Taken on November 18, 2007