California: Garrapata State Park - California Naturescapes
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Crashing Waves and Seastacks

Location: Garrapata State Park, South of Monterey-Carmel, California, Map

Wave action at Garrapata is always a fun subject to shoot. I can never get tired of it, especially on a day like this, when these large waves were crashing few feet away from my camera and splashing water on the lens. Every now and then I would have to back off and spend time cleaning water drops on the lens... it was quite a challenge but I enjoyed it very much. During one hit and run episode I managed to drop my expensive LEE graduated ND filter on these rocks and that was the end of that filter. So this image is dedicated to that filter which served for so well for so many years and gave me some very image images :)

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 27mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1/5sec at f/13 and ISO 100
Filters: LEE ND Grad 0.6 soft edge

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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