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