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Evening's Catch, Big Sur Coast

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 7 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural.


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Bryce Canyon Hoodoos and Zion Fall Color - 1st Annual Bryce/Zion Photo Workshop - November 1-5, 2011 (Workshop Sold Out).
3rd Annual Magic Light, Moonlight, and Pfeiffer Beach Arch Big Sur Winter Workshop - January 8-11, 2012 (space available)
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One of the cool things about photographing along the Big Sur coastline is that weather can change rapidly. During my Spring Big Sur workshop, which concluded a couple weeks ago, I had my students on location at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. When we arrived, we were greeted by a soupy fog that veiled McWay Fall to a point that we could hardly see it. Fortunately, with about 40 minutes to go before sunset, the fog dissipated, the fun began, and the shoot was a success! As we were leaving, these fishing boats turned on their colorful lights, but the light levels were so low, I had to dial my ISO up to a noisy 1250 with my Canon 1DsMKIII. How did I deal with sharpness and noise and save this image? Please read my latest post: How to Deal With Noise Without Affecting Sharpness

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/10 second F/16.0 ISO 1250 130 mm

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