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China Cove

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 31 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

One of the many rewards of teaching workshops is the opportunity to work with some extremely creative students. I would love to take full credit for this image, but it wasn't until I looked through the viewfinder of one of my recent participants, Michael Romo, that I was inspired to try my own vision of this scene.

I have to preface all this by saying China Cove, located in the Point Lobos State Reserve near Carmel, California, is my wife's favorite spot! We used to have a large image of this cove hanging in our home (for reasons I cannot remember, it has been replaced). My lament has always been in finding the perfect foreground, and finding the perfect light.

Fortunately both elements came together for this image. Recently the Reserve began opening and hour earlier than normal allowing visitors in at 8 am. This image was captured at about 8:30 am as the light was just starting to bring out the turquoise color of the cove. I've always loved how the multitude of colors allowed for the eye to move easily up and through the frame. Thanks to a blooming California lilac bush and the low skimming light, the image was complete - thanks Mike for the inspiration!

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 3/5 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 24 mm

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