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McClures Point - Near San Francisco | by PatrickSmithPhotography
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McClures Point - Near San Francisco

I saw this at McClures Beach, 30 miles north of San Francisco.

Taken on the other side of the point and 10 minutes before my previous McClures upload a couple of weeks ago! No HDR!


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Settings etc.:



Canon 5D Mk II

Canon 17-40L @20

1/4 second exposure @F11

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

Low Tide!


McClures Beach is a difficult place to photograph because there are so many choices! To the right of the background rocks is the portion of the beach I showed previously. And as you can see, the light is much different over there. Sometimes it is better on one side than the other, so I ran back and forth repeatedly trying to decide what to do. The horizon was very bright so I used the rocky point to block the sun.


I have never quite seen light like this above a rock. And this looks exactly as it does on the camera's viewscreen. Then I waited for the waves to paint themselves in a pleasing way with a bit of dry golden sand in front. I do have some where the sand is quite reflective but it seems a bit overwhelming and I don't quite know how to process it yet. Possibly some desaturation will do the job. Here I just sharpened and resized.


The map shows EXACTLY where this is.


See my thoughts on the new Canon 5D mk II here:




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Taken on February 27, 2009