i had to fly to catch you | san gregorio, california

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After I got off of work yesterday I quickly made my way out to the coast to try to catch what seemed to be shaping up to be a really killer sunset. I had plans to get farther south than this spot (San Gregorio), but there road to the coast is one lane in each direction...and I got stuck behind a big slow truck. Once I hit the coast road, I tried to hurry to get as far south as I could, but by the time I hit San Gregorio I could see the sun was quickly taking a nosedive over the horizon. Not a problem - San Gregorio State Beach is a great spot in its own right. Due to storms and unusually high tides a few weeks ago, there was A TON of wood debris on the beach. In fact, getting to the beach itself meant climbing over much of this debris.

It wasn't a super colorful sunset, but I loved the way the thick clouds broke in spots to allow rays of golden light to shine through. And the ocean looked a bit angry, so I quickly ditched the idea of taking HDR shots and instead set out to capture the drama shaping up in the sky and the ocean.

I'd like to thank the flock of seagulls for being in the perfect spot to be included in the photograph. How considerate!

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  1. nazli17 28 months ago | reply

    wawwwwwwwww magistralll

  2. swazileigh/ Langman Lightscaping 26 months ago | reply

    so beautiful!!! a great composition and lucky timing -perfect timing on your light beams. Congrats on Explore!

  3. Eye~for~it ( slowly back ) 26 months ago | reply

    I love the colors and tones of the first one more.... lovely moment, it almost takes me there!

  4. smbobde 25 months ago | reply

    Beautiful. Must see it in L-mode!

  5. Colskier1 24 months ago | reply

    Gotta LOVE this image. In one scene you have nice rays, powerful waves, nice birds, AND gorgeous light! (gotta get me a D800)

  6. Alperen Özgür 23 months ago | reply

    how you do HDR of moving things? like birds. i mean you should take 3 shots right? didnt get it..

  7. elmofoto 23 months ago | reply

    This is not HDR, although you *can* do HDR with moving objects.

  8. JoeCow 22 months ago | reply

    Whoa you can take quite a few fantastic shots! :) <3

  9. Odhphoto 15 months ago | reply

    wow, just beautiful

  10. ☼NUWANDA☿ 9 months ago | reply

    Hermosas vidas, luces, mar

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