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A beautiful sunset over Monterey Bay, California during a particularly high surf in January.

A beautiful sunset over Monterey Bay, California during a particularly high surf in January.
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mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi June 20, 2015
If I wasn't there I would never believe California could produce such a wonderful photographer. You Rock..
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman June 21, 2015
GORGEOUS
schunter1 PRO+
 
schunter1 June 22, 2015
Fantastic shot...
susanhuckins
 
susanhuckins June 22, 2015
Superb capture, so beautiful in every way. Susan
NanaSue54
 
NanaSue54 June 24, 2015
PERFECT!!!!!! :)
EverydayLivingMoments
 
EverydayLivingMoments June 24, 2015
Breathtaking!
VHiggins
 
VHiggins June 25, 2015
stunning shot! wow!
DorisSeybold
 
DorisSeybold June 27, 2015
breath taking shot, fantastic!!!!!
Flosno
 
Flosno June 27, 2015
Magnificent image
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer July 02, 2015
3 words - Fab You Lus!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 July 02, 2015
Im speechless!! (:
BrendaCrawford
 
BrendaCrawford July 04, 2015
Happy 4th.... :)
donanzinger PRO
 
donanzinger July 06, 2015
Stunning image Nina. Capturing the splash in front of the setting sun was a terrific touch.
markcote PRO+
 
markcote July 09, 2015
I specifically tried to get a similar capture, the sun through a wave at sunset :). You did it so well that I think I'll try something else ;)!
erickgarza Premium
 
erickgarza July 12, 2015
awesome!!!!!! really cool!!!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 July 20, 2015
Fantastic shot, voted Covers Vol 22
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 July 20, 2015
Voted Sun Flares
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 20, 2015
Very dramatic shot. Great timing, lighting, colors.
fredpruitt PRO+
 
fredpruitt July 27, 2015
Very Nice shot !
joycarl
 
joycarl July 28, 2015
Fantastic capture!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 August 01, 2015
Voted Photographer of the Month Vol 11
14renren
 
14renren August 11, 2015
Stunning timing.
KatieMcKinneyPhotography PRO+
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography August 11, 2015
Congrats on the award! Stunning shot!
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi August 11, 2015
Congratulation on the win. Excellent work . You still Rock.....
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz August 11, 2015
Spectacular capture! Congratulations on your Challenge Win.:)
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography August 15, 2015
Perfect timing!
AHogue PRO+
 
AHogue August 22, 2015
A glorious shot!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 August 30, 2015
Voted Covers Vol 23
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 August 30, 2015
Voted Get Out
modelmeemaw Premium
 
modelmeemaw September 11, 2015
this is outstanding, vote!
JulesB
 
JulesB September 14, 2015
This has to be heavenly inspired.....perfect everything!!! Just brilliant Nina.
KatieMcKinneyPhotography PRO+
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography September 21, 2015
beautiful! voted
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 October 02, 2015
Wow wow wow! Gorgeous!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer October 06, 2015
Nina, Nina, Nina!!! Ya done it again! Finalist Water World! Congratulations, girlfriend!
AHogue PRO+
 
AHogue October 06, 2015
Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo October 06, 2015
Yay, Nina! Congrats on being a Finalist!
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman October 28, 2015
Congratulations on the water world amateur photographer win....very HAPPY for you
Atomck1
 
Atomck1 October 29, 2015
Congrats, well done!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer October 29, 2015
Congratulations, Nina! Amateur Winner in Water World Contest!
brucebley
 
brucebley October 29, 2015
Beuatiful action image and wonderful composition.
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo November 01, 2015
Yay, Nina! Amateur Winner! Congrats, Girl!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 November 08, 2015
Congratulations!! Nina, Amatuer Winner Water World Photo Contest
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita November 09, 2015
superb capture
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 17, 2015
Great spark of the sun! and awesome details in the shadow!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 17, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 December 01, 2015
great star burst voted image of the year
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 December 15, 2015
Voted Image of the Year, best, good luck Nina, ester
adavies PRO
 
adavies December 20, 2015
Beautiful! I've just been wandering through your gallery...it's very inspirational!
vonHoeckerPhotoArt
 
vonHoeckerPhotoArt January 15, 2016
I could see this to be the coastline between Monterey/Carmel...the most gorgeous coastline of all I have seen...I lived there for 23 years.You captured all of its beauty in this image, by far the best I have seen! Congratulations on your win in Water World!!
mihrt
 
mihrt January 16, 2016
fabulous capture so beautiful-congrats on your awards!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis January 17, 2016
Excellent capture..voted photographer of the month:-)
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka January 20, 2016
Voted
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq January 28, 2016
Just an awesome photo! I love the Monterey coast!
leslie57
 
leslie57 February 05, 2016
very beautiful !!! Have a great day Nina
SnowbunnyPhotography
 
SnowbunnyPhotography February 09, 2016
WOW!! How perfect is this shot?? LOL! :-) Love the detail....splash...and flare. Just perfect! Kudos! :-)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 March 09, 2016
Voted In front of the Sun
ElenaRK
 
ElenaRK March 16, 2016
Nina this is breath taking. Great job!
ElenaRK
 
ElenaRK March 16, 2016
Nina this is breath taking. Great job!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 March 21, 2016
Perfect catch. Voted water world!
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic March 21, 2016
Magical capture! Voted in views.
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 March 30, 2016
Voted Covers Vol 28
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis April 01, 2016
Beautiful..voted covers:-)
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 April 03, 2016
Absolutely wonderful!!!
MickAlicic PRO
 
MickAlicic April 17, 2016
Stunning shot! Voted in Covers.
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole April 18, 2016
Wooooooowwwww!!!! This is such an amazing and gorgeous capture!!! Love the colors and the suns rays through the splash. A real winner!!!! And congrats on your well deserved People's Choice Award!!!! : )
rkrings2
 
rkrings2 May 18, 2016
WOW!!! Love the color & comp on this one!!! Congrats!!!
JoyceDickens PRO
 
JoyceDickens July 04, 2016
Nina, congratulations on all of the well deserved awards and weekly ratings of this image; it is spectacular sweetheart!!!! Very impressive on every level - it almost has a 3D effect and just draws the viewer in - congratulations my friend on some very spectacular photography!!! Hope you are doing well and were able to enjoy a little bit of the 4th weekend...my celebration consisted of barbecuing for mom and making a potato salad and some garlic bread...she enjoyed... big hugs!!!
MaryMarie PRO+
 
MaryMarie July 07, 2016
Absolutly amazing~
The_Photo_Wave_Rat
 
The_Photo_Wave_Rat January 02, 2017
looking good..
Stellasview
 
Stellasview January 14, 2017
Congrats!! I am pleased that the people picked this capture for the win! Stunning shot!!
mcampi PRO+
 
mcampi January 14, 2017
looks like its time for another round of congratulation on this outstanding photograph.
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq January 14, 2017
Wow, Nina! Amazing shot! Great light, dof and pov - fabulous! :)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 January 27, 2017
Congratulations !
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 February 09, 2017
Congratulations on your award!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 April 28, 2017
Congratualtion on your win Flares In Nature Photo Contest
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer April 29, 2017
Yay, Nina! Finalist in the Sun Flares contest. Way to go - I love this shot!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 07, 2017
Congratulations !! on your win Finalist 8n Flares in Nature Photo Contest
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman May 18, 2017
Hooray....flares finalist. Very deserved
EG-Keith PRO
 
EG-Keith May 18, 2017
What an amazing image!! Congratulations on being a "Flares" finalist.
Eddieuuu071 Premium
 
Eddieuuu071 May 19, 2017
Captured it perfectly
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo May 23, 2017
Yay! Congrats, again, Nina!
mihrt
 
mihrt May 25, 2017
CONGRATS ON CONTEST FINALIST IN 'FLARES IN NATURE' April, 2017 !!!
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden September 15, 2017
Congratulations on your great Challenge Win!
dgerrans PRO+
 
dgerrans February 25, 2018
Beautiful
SteBil30 PRO
 
SteBil30 March 26, 2018
no words for this one Nina...OK maybe one STUNNING!!!

Behind The Lens

Location
The Pacific coastline near Monterey and Carmel, California has some of the most spectacular ocean scenery anywhere, and if you're looking for a good sunset it's almost always a sure bet that this particular area will provide one! The rocky shoreline is also a prime place to find heavy surf, so when combined with a beautiful sunset, the result is usually some beautiful photo opportunities.
Time
This was taken during the very early evening hours on an unusually warm January day. The surf was magnificent and the sky didn't disappoint!
Lighting
While photographing waves breaking on the rocks just as the sun was setting, it became apparent that I might just have a chance to capture some beautiful light from the sun behind a crashing wave to emphasize it. I was thrilled when I saw the results of this shot!
Equipment
This shot was taken handheld with a Nikon D7100 camera and a Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. No other equipment was used.
Inspiration
I have a passion for landscape and ocean photography....and because we live so close to the coast we are lucky to be able to visit the Monterey peninsula frequently. On this particular day we knew that the surf was high and because we had had a recent storm we were pretty certain there would be clouds with a possible sunset. A little pre-planning and it all came together to create the perfect photo opportunity!
Editing
Lightroom was used to bring out the shadows in the foreground rocks a bit. Some saturation and contrast were also used to emphasize the sun flare that had been captured in the original photo.
In my camera bag
At the time I shot this photo, the contents of my camera bag consisted of my Nikon D7100 and the Nikkor 18-105mm lens. I have since upgraded to a full frame Nikon D750 camera with a Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 lens. My additional lens is a Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 zoom. I always have 2 64gb memory cards in my camera with a 32gb spare in the bag. Additionally, I always carry a spare battery, a UV and polarizing filters for both lenses, a Tiffen variable ND filter, a lightweight carbon fiber tripod, and a battery charger.
Feedback
Landscape photographers often have the advantage of returning to a particular location at different times of the day (or night) to capture a specific scene under different lighting conditions. This was no different. However, since you can't always plan on a sunset there is a good deal of luck, and patience, involved when trying to capture one. However, I believe the best opportunity for taking great ocean photos, with or without a sunset, are late in the day when the light is softer and more "golden".

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