Big Sur, California, USA by Julie McKinnon

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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve lies along a majestic portion of the Pacific Coast of California. We had been photographing sunrise and beach abstracts in the fog that seems ever-present at the Reserve in the morning. The sun finally peaked through at almost mid-day and burned off the fog. It created beautiful light on the jutting rocks.

Although I would not usually try to make an image like this in mid-day light, I wanted to try to capture the play of the incoming tide over of the rocks. I put on my neutral density filter and tried a number of different shutter speeds. I settled on a five second exposure and then just had to wait for the just-right combination of sun and waves. Just as I was afraid the sunlight would get to harsh, I captured this image. It was a satisfying finish to a great morning in a beautiful area.

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