California: Garrapata State Park - California Naturescapes
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Golden Stacks

Location: Garrapata State Park, Monterey-Carmel Area, California, Map

These sea stacks at Garrapata coast are very famous for their beauty. Every time I have visited this place over last three years I have seen photographers on the beach trying to shoot these stacks from different vantage points. Most often the hardest part is the get a good light on the stacks since sun sets behind them for most part of the year. However, late December light is unique. Just before sunset the last rays of the light make these stacks glow in a beautiful golden color. Using long exposure of the camera the waves were rendered smooth and the effect further enhanced the beauty of the stacks.

Tech Info and Tip:
Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS @ 78mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 47 sec at f/20 and ISO 50
Filters: LEE 0.9 soft edge ND grad, circular polarizer and Hoya 8 stop solid ND filter

Garrapata state park is one of the most photographed locations on the California coast. People are drawn to this spot due to the rugged coastline and its famous sea stacks. Just south of Monterey, California it is one of the best places to see waves crashing against the rugged coastline.

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