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The Rock - Big Sur, California | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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The Rock - Big Sur, California

This 50 foot rock on San Carpoforo Beach at the south end of Big Sur, California really takes a beating! No HDR.


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Settings etc.:



Canon 5D

Canon 17-40L @33

1/4 second exposure @F20

LEE soft ND grad (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.75

Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring

ISO 50

RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One

TIFF file processed with Photoshop


The 3,000-5,000+ foot mountains make a nearly overwhelming backdrop for this beach, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, when the light is right. It took a considerable amount of running back and forth to get the proper perspective, as the water was moving fast. On few beaches do I feel the sense of complete isolation that I feel here. There were no people on this beach and this is far from civilization. This is what it must have been like many thousands and millions of years ago.


The map shows EXACTLY where this is. I notice that the sat picture was taken at high tide and this spot is underwater!


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Taken on March 28, 2008