The northern end of the Pescadero State Beach is dominated by these coastal bluffs. They rise up abruptly from the sand and tell a geological story that has shaped this landscape for thousands of years. It's a story of how the land here wass transformed by colossal forces within the earth. These forces first lifted certain parts of the landscape several hundred feet in the air and then gradually eroded them by the wind and the water. It's timeless and for me it is a place to find solitude. The day I shot this image an unusual storm was passing over Bay Area. It is always great to witness a passing storm which brings with it interesting cloud formations and filtered light that I so much strive to capture in an image.
The combination of breaking storm, sunset light, texture on the face of the eroding bluff and receding wave finally gave me all the elements I needed to tell this geological story. This land is never the same. It changes with every tide and gets eroded evermore during every winter storm. As they always say, beauty is transient and this landscape certainly highlights that point.
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 17mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1/2sec at f/13 and ISO 50
Filters: LEE ND Grads 0.6 and 0.9