Location: Pebble Beach, San Mateo County, California.
Tafoni is an interesting erosion pattern found on many rocks along the coastline of San Francisco bay area. Pebble beach, in particular, is one of the best local spots to see it. I visit this beach often, but the visit is even more engaging when the lighting conditions are great. A storm system moving over Bay Area produced some spectacular lighting conditions and I took that opportunity to capture this image.
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 19mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1/5sec at f/14 and ISO 200
Filters: Lee ND Grads 0.75 hard edge and 0.9 soft edge
Post Processing: Lens distorition correction, spot removal etc., done in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe PhotoShop CS4 The coastline of the Bean Hollow State Beach has one of the most unique rock formations. It is always a joy to visit this location and photograph it during sunset. There are no long sandy beaches to be found here but only the rugged stone formations eroded in strange and sometimes beautiful formations called "tafoni". I have been visiting here for many years and though I am somewhat satisfied with the images I have captured, I feel that the beauty of this place is best seen in person.
These are twin beaches, Bean Hollow State Beach and the Pebble Beach. Both beaches are amazing with their rock formations, colorful pebbles, tide pools, tafoni and of course the open views of the pacific ocean.