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High Surf and Arch

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 4 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

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The recent devastating earthquakes in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific prompted tsunami warnings and closed beaches along the Big Sur coast this past Wednesday. The offshoot of this tragedy was some incredible wave action, albeit from the safe elevation of the headlands.

I was working with a student on a private lesson and headed to this location near Sobranes Point prior to sunrise. Under the early light of dawn, I decided to play with dragging my shutter with the help of a Singh-Ray 8-stop variable neutral density filter. Because the sky was void of clouds, I cropped it out all together and concentrated on placing the frame around just the arch and some neighboring rocks.

The filter allowed me to shoot at 30 seconds at f/16 and combined with the ferocity of the surf, produce this almost feathery-like effect. I cooled the water off a bit in Adobe Camera Raw by moving the temperature slider to the left. then brought back the warm color in the arch and rocks with the help of Nik Viveza (an incredible piece of software).

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 30 seconds F/16.0 ISO 200 70 mm

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