California: Natural Bridges State Beach - California Naturescapes
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"Seagulls on the Seashore"
Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California.

This was one of the best visits I have had while attempting to shoot this natural arch. The light was great, receding waves made great patterns and clouds lit up during sunset.

This is a view looking at the bridge formation along it's length. The gap in the image used to be another natural bridge which collapsed a few decades ago. I believe you can still see images from that era at the visitor center.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L @ 20mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1.6sec at f/20 and ISO 100
Filters: LEE ND Grads 0.9 soft edge
Post Processing: Key step was to bring out details in the shadows. I did that using Lightroom "Fill light" slider.

Naturally formed bridges along the coastline of California are truly works of art by the erosive forces of water and wind. One of the best natural bridge exists on the aptly named Natural Bridges State Beach at Santa Cruz. These bridges form because crashing waves converge at a point and slowly erode away the rock creating a passageway. The erosion eventually destroys the bridge but new ones keep forming over a geologic time span of hundreds and thousands of years. In that sense these are transients, and like everything else that is beautiful in nature, these exist only for a short time... Go see them today!

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