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N 342 B 14.9K C 141 E Oct 1, 2011 F Jun 21, 2012
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The coastal landscapes of Santa Cruz, California are filled with amazing rock formations such as this natural arch at Natural Bridges State Beach. Early fall is the best time for sunsets as the angle of light illuminates the face of the arch.

I'll be teaching a workshop in Santa Cruz this Saturday with fellow photographer Joshua Cripps. What kind of weekend plans do you all have? Let's hear them!

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
0.6 sec, f9, ISO 160
2 LEE .9 GND filters, angled 10 to 4 o'clock.

Tags:   arch bridge natural Natural Bridges State Beach State Park beach coast coastal landscape seascape Santa Cruz California sunset ocean Paciifc shore colorful brilliant USA Jim Patterson Photography jimpattersonphotography.com Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com crescent moon

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In about 3.5 weeks, I will be heading to the Eastern Sierras and Death Valley for some personal photography. While there, Josh and I will be teaching a group workshop in Death Valley (1 spot left for anyone interested!).

After the teaching is done, I hope to do some more exploring in the area. Death Valley is a huge park and is so spread out, one can visit over and over again and see different locations each time. Fall in the mountains and desert will be so nice. Anyone got any travel plans coming up they're excited about?

This image was made after sunrise on New Year's Day 2010. The clouds had mostly left, but the light on the distant mountains caught my eye. I got low to the ground to emphasize this little pattern in the salt flats.

Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 15mm
1.6 sec, f16, ISO 100
Polarizer, Singh-Ray 3 stop reverse GND filter

Tags:   desert landscape monochrome Death Valley National Park salt flats salt pan mountains textures patterns salt basin badwater morning sunrise black and white nature outdoors natural Furnace Creek California USA Jim Patterson Photography jimpattersonphotography.com Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com

N 771 B 25.3K C 303 E Oct 1, 2011 F Oct 12, 2011
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So, mark your calendars for 2012. October 1st seems to be a great day to be at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz.

Last year, I was on a plane to South Africa, but a few photographers caught some glory at Natural Bridges. Cripps, Jave, and David all rubbed their images in my face when I returned. This year, I hoped for a repear, and while not quite as epic, it was indeed a fiery sunset at a Santa Cruz icon for coastal landscape photography.

Josh and I hope to share some of this coastal magic with you this fall and winter as we continue teaching coastal workshops. Join us if you can, we'd love to share the beauty of California's shores with you.

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
1 sec, f11, ISO 100
2 Lee . 9 Soft GND filters angled to the right

Tags:   coastal coast landscape seascape sunset Santa Cruz California ocean arch natural nature outdoors beach Natural Bridges State Park Jim Patterson Photography jimpattersonphotography.com Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com

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Note: If you know where this is, please don't mention it in the comments. I don't want to promote more photographers going here until the law is on our side.

Two years ago today, I posted an image here on flickr with an accompanying story of lost coastal access. Maybe it is the time of year that does it to me as my interest renewed in at least getting one opportunity to photograph this location. Under cover of darkness, Diego, Cripps, and I walked down to the beach to photograph sunrise. And a beautiful morning it was. It was every bit as magical as I expected with volcanic rocks, massive sea caves, and of course, the unique rock formation in this photo.

I really can't get into details about it as I don't want to stir anything up. All I can say is that I plan on doing my part in contacting the California Coastal Commission to express my sincere desire to have access to this stretch of coast open once more.

(And the map is not accurate, just felt like putting it somewhere that IS open to the public)

Tags:   coast sunrise California coastal beach shore shoreline cove arch natural nature morning dawn clouds color waves surf blur secret conspiracy seascape landscape sea stack rocks rocky rugged jimpattersonphotography.com Jim Patterson Photography Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com USA

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One year ago today, Joshua Cripps and I ran up and down the coast looking for some nice light. We were attacked by the evil sea foam and blown from Pescadero back down to Davenport by the wind. The sea was angry, but the sky was singing. Although the composition is similar to last year's shot, the light was just starting to explode as the sun dipped below the clouds.

I post so much of the technical side of my images, I figure it might be just as important (if not more so) to explain a little of the thought process behind making the image, specifically from a composition standpoint.

First, I used this rocky ledge as my lead-in, trying my best to have the line form an angle and sweep from one side of the frame to the other. Any time you can break up the rectangular format of our cameras with angles and lines, give it a try. I also lowered my camera from eye level down to about 3' off the ground. This helps emphasize the foreground and reduce the middle ground. If possible, I look for textures and patterns to really help bring the viewer into the image, to give them something tangible to lock into and feel like they are there.standing with me. These textures are great for catching light when the conditions are ideal. I really like including the sun in my images if possible. The idea of the sun 93 million miles away reflecting light at my feet is something I love to photograph. Finally, when the ocean is really turbulent, I tend to use faster shutter speeds to maintain some level of detail in the surf. The 1/2 sec - 1/4 sec shutter speed is often just too slow and the ocean becomes a milky mess. This image, even at 1/10 of a second is a bit too chaotic for my taste.

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Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
1/10 sec, F14, ISO 100 (2nd exposure at 1/20 sec brought in for the sun)
Singh-Ray Daryl Benson 3-stop reverse GND

Tags:   beach bluffs California clouds coast coastal coastline color colorful cove Daryl Benson Reverse Grad Davenport dramatic Gitzo golden Highway 1 Jim Patterson Photography jimpattersonphotography.com landscape light marine Markins M20 ballhead motion natural Nature Nikkor 12-24mm Nikon D300 ocean Pacific Pacific Coast Highway Panther Beach portrait Really Right Stuff red reflection remote release ripples rocks rocky salt sand Santa Cruz scenic sea seascape shore shoreline Singh-Ray sky storm stormy sun sunset travel tripod vertical water waves wide angle Sea to Summit Workshops seatosummitworkshops.com


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