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New Image — “Moonstones”


Moonstones — Soberanes Cove, Garrapata State Park, Carmel, California



Let me start by saying that Soberanes Cove in Garrapata State Park is one of my favorite locations.  It feels secluded though only a few steps away from CA-1 and the smooth granite stones on the beach look amazing when they get wet.  I have had an image of the cove at night in my mind for some time now and the conditions lined up perfectly for it last weekend.  My wonderful and patient girlfriend and I shot over to pick up Lukas and then headed down there with the intent to scout out a few new to us places in Garrapata before it got dark and then do some star work.  We shot a bit at Bixby Bridge and then headed back north to shoot this cove.

The scramble down to the beach level has a little exposure and it pays to have a buddy that can go down first so you can hand them your gear to have your hands free (thanks Lukas!).  Somehow the scramble seemed easier than usual in the dark.  The sound the waves make on this beach is really special as well, a wave will crash and then on it’s return to sea it’ll make the boulders clack together.  Quite a calming sound.

We shot for a little while on the beach trying out different compositions and trying to stay dry.  The moon was 2/3 full at our backs so it was providing great fill light for the cove and putting those amazing little highlights on each of the rocks.  Those two bright spots in the sky are Venus and Jupiter.


Here’s some technical information about the exposure and the post processing:

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/4, ISO 1600

Camera & Lens: Nikon D7000 – Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Filters:  None

Post processing: Night images are usually somewhat tough for me to process.  There’s either not enough light to see details in the foreground or the sky is getting too light to look like night.  The moon was very bright this night so my first move was to burn down the sky a bit to bring back the night feel, then I dodged some details back into the shadows in the headland to the left.  After that it was minor contrast tweaks throughout the image to add some pop and a bit of a saturation boost to highlight the gradient of color in the sky and the wonderful set of stones in the foreground.

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New Image — “Overcome with Light”


“Overcome with Light” — China Camp State Park, San Rafael, California

Overcome with Light


I made plans to head out with my good friend Sebastian to head out for sunrise on a Saturday morning and it so happened that brotographer Lukas was heading out as well so we planned to meet up and to decide where to head based on the conditions the next morning.  The conditions were looking sparse for fog at the Golden Gate so we made the call to head up to China Camp State Park in San Rafael to first shoot the line-up of the San Rafael and Bay Bridges and then to check out Rat Rock for the actual sunrise.

This was one of those mornings where you just show up and things go off.  The light was impecable.  The sun sets pretty far south this time of year so we headed to an alternate view point on the island so we could compose in a more southerly direction than the most popular composition of Rat Rock.  There was a good amount of hootin’ and hollerin’ going on during this sunrise.

Here’s some technical information about the exposure and the post processing:

Exposure: 13 seconds, f/13, ISO 100

Camera & Lens: Nikon D7000 – Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG

Filters:  Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter

Post processing:  “Overcome with Light” is a very literal title for this image.  It needed very little post processing, the sunrise was indeed as vivid as you see above.  The only post processing done to this image was some minor dodging on Rat Rock to bring out some details in the shadows and some dust removal.

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