Gray Whale Cove Sunset

Gray Whale Cove Sunset

Through a friend at work I got hooked up with another friend at work whos really into photography. I thought I was into photography but Willie is really into it, and I might be a little jealous. Hes the guy who figures out the best light, the best time of day, the best day, and does all the calculations to figure out where to be and when. I went to Yosemite with him last month to shoot Horsetail Falls and I was able to make it over to Half Moon Bay with him to shoot sunset at Gray Whale Cove on Friday. The photoshoot almost got cancelled because of the (sad) earthquake in Japan. The tsunami hit California in the morning and most of the beaches were closed but by sunset we were able to hit the coast and catch some big waves. I arrived at Gray Whale Cove and Willie was already setup with his super wide lens for the perfect photo. His shot (see Flickr) came out great, but mine, with my less wide lens, is what it is. Im not too happy with it and I had to do some fancy post-processing to get this to work but the final product isnt too bad. This is a blend of 2 photos (not an HDR): I took an under-exposed photo to get the sunset, and took a normal photo to get the water motion. Willie really taught me how useful it is to have a good set of filters (graduated filters) with a filter holder. Time to go spend some of that good hard earned cash (hey, maybe Ill win the lottery and buy some gear and donate the rest to charity).

The sea-gull had been hanging out above us for a while and decided to fly down just as we went to take the photos and stand still on the rock for a perfect pose

I liked this photo, just as the water was rushing it, because it shows the water coming over the rocks. The rest of the photos have the water rushing into (or out of) the channel below us.

Nikon D300s w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
20mm, f/11, 1/4 sec, ISO 200, Tripod

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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.