"Grandmother Rock #3"
, Trinidad, Far Northern California+Tony Nguyen
has renamed it Buddha Rock, good eye!
A few minutes after I made the last post, I made this 3-minute exposure!
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Canon 5D Mk II
Canon 17-40L @ 20
3-minute exposure @F11
2 LEE soft ND grads (100x150mm) 0.9 + 0.6
1 LEE 10-stop square glass filter (very dark!)
Lee foundation kit filter holder with Lee 77mm adapter ring
RAW file processed with Capture One by Phase One
TIFF file processed with Photoshop
Small Slik Sprint mini II tripod
Manfrotto 322RC2 pistol-grip ball headThe Story
After I photographed one of the most awesome sunsets I had ever seen, I decided to make a long exposure. This one was featured in the Nature's Best Magazine Awards they have each year. I moved around to make sure that there would be a persistent reflection visible in the long exposure. If is a matter of guessing how the average will come out. A long exposure isolates and draws attention to Grandmother rock in the middle.
The rest of the story is below, reposted from yesterday.
Early last year, an impressive storm was heading to the coast. It rained hard all day but I watched the satellite photos all day and the final front looked like it may pass overhead right at sunset. Of course, if it was was 1/2 hour too late, my planned shoot would be doomed.
I headed to my planned beach, and 30 minutes before sunset, I could see a thin line of clearing way out over the ocean, and it was headed my way. Would it reach me by sunset? Then it started to rain heavily and some fog dropped the visibility to a few hundred feet. The few people at the beach headed home. But I knew that the frontal edge was hiding in the mist.
So I headed out onto the beach in the driving rain with my umbrella hoping for the best. I could see hints of light appearing in the fast-moving clouds so I ran across the beach as fast as I could, looking down to avoid the waves. When I got to my spot, the rain was ending and I looked up and I was literally shocked at what I saw in the sky. Brooding mammatus clouds, multiple cloud decks, you name it. I have never seen anything like this in my life!
I got the camera ready and was actually nervous that I would not be able to record this event! I took a few shots and realized that the focus ring had moved while I was fiddling around. Fortunately I noticed or my whole series might have been lost. And I have never shot a series of photos like this.
It was high tide but I wanted reflections so it was extra hard to hold the umbrella while chasing the wet sand from the previous wave. But the reflections really add to the overall effect. Other stuff
My pictures are featured on the front page of California Governor, Jerry Brown's website http://gov.ca.govResources
I wrote a 325 eBook that describes exactly how I went about learning photography starting in 2006. I did not learn the usual way. I have studied the great masters of painting and hope to find that light in the real world.http://www.patricksmithphotography.com/Photography_Book.html
For everything else, go to my website:http://www.patricksmithphotography.com
A great weather mashup map of the world with local temperatures, weather and nice popups. See where it is hot and not! (Must wait for slow commercials first, but worth it!)http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/
Simply the best way to scout out locations that there is. You can see sun angles and pre-visualize light under lots of different conditions. Sometimes you can actually pre-compose your shots! This has saved me many thousands of vertical feet of climbing by avoiding spots with blocked views etc.
Satellite imagery (choose 'National' for a local US region or use your fave website)http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/satellite/?wfo=mtr
Tide charting and preditions: (chose your area in US, other countries have similar websites)http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/tide_predictions.shtml?gid=235
Wave Heights (I choose 'North Pacific from Global')http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/waves/index2.shtml
Photos of every inch of the California coastline from a small plane. Excellent for close in detailed views.http://www.californiacoastline.org/