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Sea Arch and Flowers

Sea Arch and Flowers - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 2s, ISO 35. ~11mm rise, 2 degrees tilt.

Ah that rugged Northern California coast, I just don't think I can get tired of it.  Yesterday, I drove out to Monterey to meet friend and follow photographer +Greg Mitchell for a sunset shoot.  This was an area that both of us knew about and Greg had scouted the area in the morning identifying this as the image to make for sunset.  We had lots of time on our hands so we spent a couple of hours hiking around various spots to see if we could find something better; we didn't.  There was good overhead cloud but there was also a dense layer of clouds in the distance to the west.  This usually means the sun goes behind those clouds and there is no color.  We did end up getting some beautiful colors once the sun had set, but my favorite image on the evening was this one, moments before the sun sunk below the horizon.  There was still enough warm light to highlight the flowers in the foreground and just a hint of color in the sky.  I still had to use lots of filtration to bring the sky under control and pull up the shadows in the foreground, but I got away without resorting to HDR and all the work that goes with it.

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