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Etna May 20, 2015
Beautiful shot
Stretch1904 June 14, 2016
Thanks!

Kirk Creek Meets the Pacific Ocean



Just below the Kirk Creek Campground in Big Sur, there's an arch rock where the creek meets the Pacific Ocean. As the waves beat against the rocks, I managed a ...
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Just below the Kirk Creek Campground in Big Sur, there's an arch rock where the creek meets the Pacific Ocean. As the waves beat against the rocks, I managed a long exposure with the sun glaring through the hole in the rock.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken where Kirk Creek meets the Pacific Ocean.
Time
The photo was taken just before sunset. I would have loved to wait till sunset, but another photographer had beat me to the spot, he did allow me to sneak in a shot just before the sun fully set below the ocean
Lighting
There was nothing to extreme about the lighting for the photo.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 1D3 and a Tokina 11-16mm. I set it on some rocks using a JOBY Focus Gorillapod. I used a neutral density filter to gain a little bit of a longer shutter speed.
Inspiration
My girlfriend and I had hiked down to the water from our campsite above earlier and had noticed the arch rock so I knew it would have been a great sunset photo. I just wish I was the only one with that thought that day.
Editing
I did take a few different exposures of the rock side faceing us to bring out some details in the shadows. I blended those in with photoshop.
In my camera bag
I always have my 1D3 with me. The thing is a tank and takes awesome photos. Its a work horse. On the note of work horse, I always have my 70-200 F/2.8 with me also. To cover the wide end of things, I try to keep either the Tokina 11-16 F/2.8 or Canon 17-40 F/4. I rarely shoot something that needs a tripod, but just in case I do have a reason to use one, I keep a JOBY Focus Gorillapod with me. That thing is extremely versatile.
Feedback
Timing is everything. Get there at the right time, so you can beat out other photographers like me who think they can just waltz up right before sunset. Make sure your shooting at the right time. I guess timing and patience is really what it all comes down to. As for the photo, a good tripod is always useful. The sturdier the better when trying to get long exposures. Also use a remote to trigger the camera so you don't get any camera shake, or variations between exposures if you plan to do more than one. Other than that, get out and keep shooting... Sooner or later you'll find what you like and what works for you.

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