California: San Gregorio State Beach - California Naturescapes
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"Winter Gathering"
Location: San Gregorio State Beach, San Mateo County, California.

One Sunday on a California winter evening I headed back to San Gregorio beach and was greeted with seagulls who were gathered in large number almost as if there was some kind of gathering going on. I have been here many times so I know these guys like to find food in the stream that flows into this beach. Most of the time when I have tried to get too close the flock they just fly away. This weekend, however, there was a stream separating myself from the gulls which I did not want to cross and they seemed happy about the fact that I was not venturing too close to them.

So I setup my gear and waited for some nice cloud activity in the background. As the clouds were breaking off I decided to capture the moment when the seagulls were dispersed in air. With these gulls in flight I felt it added bit more dynamic element to the image. The light beams in the background are my favorite things to photograph and a cloud activity that is not too dense and not too sparse makes for the best conditions for that to happen.

Tech Info and Tip:
Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS @70mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1/60sec at f/8 and ISO 400
Filters: LEE .9 soft edge and .75 hard edge ND grads stacked together
(This is a 1x2 crop from original image)