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Davenport Pier storm clouds, Davenport, Ca. | by Shane Venem
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Davenport Pier storm clouds, Davenport, Ca.

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We had some some of the best light of the year on the central coast tonight. As I left the house and hit the highway, I couldn't take my eyes off the fantastic clouds and golden beams of light. Just beautiful. And I was running late. I should have already been shooting this stuff, but I just floored the pedal and headed for Davenport as quick as I could. I knew exactly where I wanted to go--down to the Davenport pier at beach level as these clouds were what I'd always envisioned behind the pier, but had never gotten before. When I got up there, I was shocked at how far to the north

the sun was setting--too far out of frame for what I had in mind. Right then I decided if I went down to the beach, I'd be missing whatever color this sunset would offer. So I stayed on the bluffs and shot it from all directions. It was all slightly disappointing, as these little adventures often are for me when I fail to get the shot I wanted.

But you often end up with interesting stuff anyway. And I kind of liked this shot, with the cliff walls and cloud banks framing the pier right and left, top and bottom.

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Taken on April 20, 2010