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Moon Break - Restacked... | by Steven Christenson
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Moon Break - Restacked...

On the Southwestern edge of Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur California is a spectacular rock in the Pacific Ocean with a natural 12 foot high doorway. Officially this beach is part of the US Forest Service and is not a part of the State Park. The road in, however, dead ends at the beach and it is a relatively short walk to some pretty spectacular rocks like the one pictured.


This vista can only be seen by following a use trail up a steep hillside... please see the CAVEAT!


This is the same as my previous posting but with a single shot from twilight included in the stack.


I didn't plan this that well. Neglected to consider that the 50% moon would not set until 11:30 PM *and* it was going to set through the view of this star trail. The moon was kind enough to cause shimmer along the ocean and clearly illuminate the Pfeiffer Portal. It also caused flaring and ghosting - and I'm going to blame it for the cold winds and clouds that started to arrive.


I shot this with a 10-22mm that I don't own. It's my neighbor's. He had just scored himself a 5D Mk II and didn't have a wide angle lens (the 10-22 is an EFS lens and doesn't fit the EF-only mount of the 5DII). I was planning to bring both my 16-35 and my 17-40 but I realized I could get an even WIDER shot with the 10-22 so I swapped my 17-40 for the 10-22 for the week. It is rather impressively sharp, too. So Barry: thanks! I hope you enjoy the 17-40, too!


View it larger if you wish.


CAVEAT/WARNING I'm nervous about posting this shot because I don't want to encourage people to go here (and steal my best stuff!) BECAUSE if you take the wrong approach to get here you could LOSE YOUR LIFE. Not kidding!


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NOTE: These photos were taken at an event of the Night Photography group and includes

5_019630, 5_019849 through 5_019881

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Taken on December 26, 2009