Sunsets’ Gym

Sunset over Seastacks San Francisco, California

COVID put a major damper on my photography plans for 2020. As I look back through my photos for the year it became clear that there weren’t many new photos. A couple sunset outings to the coast, a few Redwoods trips (and lots of tree photos) … the Comet … a few drone pictures … so when any chance to get away from our normal day, get out of the house, and take some photos is appreciated.

Willie and I have been photographing the San Francisco Bay Area coastline for nearly 10 years now, so we’ve photography most or all of the popular beaches more times than we want to count. It’s easy to grow tired of them, so when he suggested we explore an area we hadn’t shot before, I was very excited. The beach is really only “epic” at a super low tide, which we had on this evening. On higher tides, the beach is under water and it’s extremely hard to photograph the coastline.

Escaype correctly predicted a beautiful sunset. The color was isolated to a band just above the horizon but it surely was beautiful. I had intended to photograph a different part of the beach but the scene looked further south and the colors weren’t quite reaching that way, so I picked up and redirected the scene. I loved how the rocks and the seastacks make a triangular line that sucks the eye in. I used a slow shutter to add to the lines in the scene. And of course the orange-red reflected light on the rocks seals the deal.

Nikon D850 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
14mm, f/11, 0.6 sec, ISO 80

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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.