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Bean Hollow Tidepool

Location: Bean Hollow State Beach, San Mateo County, California, Map

The rock formations at the Bean Hollow State Beach are fascinating. I still don't understand completely how these strange folds and undulations in the rock can develop through natural processes. Nevertheless it is a very interesting location along scenic highway 1 of California. The circular arrangement with a central rock in this tidepool was very appealing to me and I spent over two years trying to get a good light so I could show all the details in the rock and clarity in the water. Hope you enjoyed this image.

Tech Info:
Lens: EF 17-40 f/4L @22mm
Camera: Canon 5D Mk II
Exposure: 71sec at f/13 and ISO 50
Filters: A circular polarizer to remove glare off water surface, then two LEE ND Grads 0.9 Soft edge and 0.75 Hard Edge stacked together to balance lighting in the sky and the foreground.

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.

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From California: Bean Hollow State Beach