Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack

This year happens to be the first year since the 1970s that Tioga Rd in Yosemite National Park has been open (it goes through Tuolumne Meadows) in January. All of the Yosemite high ground lakes are frozen but since there has been no snow this year the road stayed open Willie and I had planned to spend the weekend in Yosemite and left early on Saturday morning; to keep this story short, about an hour into the drive I had to turn back and ended up spending the afternoon in the docs office. Turned out I was so excited to get the photos that I had an anxiety attack Yosemite didnt happen on Saturday :/

Instead, we noticed that there seemed to be some nice clouds hitting Santa Cruz and since the doc cleared me as healthy we headed to Davenport Beach. Davenport Beach is famous for the Davenport Crack, which you see below. I scouted around several areas and had actually been hoping to avoid the crack but I didnt like how the low tide exposed some rocks and settled on the crack.

When I went back over to find a composition a lot of other photographers had already arrived, including Jared Ropelao It was neat to finally meet a guy that I follow on flickr so frequently I found a composition that I liked and decided I wanted to use the 2 walls between the crack to frame the photo. Unfortunately when I went to edit the photo I decided to crop out the right wall and I wished I had moved the camera more to the left so that the crack wouldnt be in the left half of the photo (yes, I realize the right half of this photo is boring). We didnt quite get the sunset we wanted but I did get to meet Jared, which was neat

Nikon D700 w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
17mm, f/11, 0.6 sec, ISO 200, Tripod
HiTech 0.9 Reverse ND, HiTech 0.9 Soft Grad ND

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Aaron Meyers is a landscape and wedding photographer living in Silicon Valley, CA. His love of the outdoors makes for frequent forays into the Californian wilds, where he delights in the stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur, and the Pacific Coast.