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Pacific Sunset

Location: Graywhale Cove, San Mateo County, California, Map

California coastline is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world and what better time to hit the coast other than at sunsets. I have been on this beach several times but it is always a unique experience to photograph it. That is because the sand is constantly changing, sometimes exposing and sometimes covering these rocks. On this particular day everything came together well. I was lucky to get the water motion that spread out from the center and resembled the clouds in the sky. The light was very good and created warm tones that I love to capture. It was a very rewarding experience and hope you enjoyed this image too.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @20mm
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1sec at f/13 and ISO 50 (1 sec exposure gives nice water motion lines)
Filters: Singh-Ray 2-stop ND Grad to balance lighting in the sky and the foreground.

One of the ways to create dynamic effects in the image is to use long exposure times. When I used a shutter speed of 1 sec for this image the water motion was captured creating a whole new dimension in the image.

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