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Made this image last month after running into a few other photographers. Check out their work, I tagged them and their profile links are on the right side of the page. After photographing the crack nearby, I headed to this shelf after seeing an image from my Sea to Summit Workshops partner, Mr. Cripps over on Facebook. I photographed this shelf last year while leading a private tour, but the conditions weren't too exciting. The first ever image I saw from here was from Matt Hofman, so I wanted to give him a shout-out as well.

About 10 minutes later, I lost my focus for a split second, then I lost my balance when I slipped on a black algae covered rock. Neck pain for a couple weeks and a slight limp from the impact to my thigh. Be careful out there! :)

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
0.6 sec, f9, ISO 200
Lee .9 and .6 Soft GND Filters

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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)

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I am in the final stages of preparing three talks for the PSSA (Photographic Society of South Africa) which will take place early next month.

Needless to say, I've been busy, a bit stressed, a bit excited, but mostly just stressed. I am mostly a quiet person, unless of course I've had a couple drinks. ;) I am going through a lot of my images from earlier this year and into last looking for images from the same location, albeit with different feels. The long exposures vs. the rushing water. The tranquil seascape vs. the kinetic seascape.

I don't think much about my photography, I just do it. I also don't have a strong sense of photographic history. I've never studied the works of anyone as I find plenty of inspiration from the images I see on flickr. But preparing these talks has been challenging as I search within myself to determine what it is that keeps me going, keeps me interested.

I'm in a monochrome mood, so the next few posts could be lacking in the color department...hope you don't mind.

Nikon D300
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 14mm
0.5 sec @ f13, ISO 100
Singh-Ray Daryl Benson 3-stop Reverse Graduated Neutral Density Filter
LEE .75 Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter

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Back in June Kendra and I made a quick road trip through Oregon and up to Seattle. It certainly was not a proper photography trip. We needed to make constant progress along the way and only had two days in Oregon. The first was spent in Bandon, the second at Pacific City.

We did get to see a lot of the popular spots along the way such as Seal Rocks, Cape Perpetua, and Heceta Head Lighthouse. We did miss out on a few other spots, but now that we have a taste, a return trip is certain.

Despite how calm it was on the south side of Cape Kiwanda, we were impressed with the wave action once we arrived at this commonly shot vantage point. During the big sets, waves would explode as high as the tops of these sandstone bluffs. Impressive for such a 'calm' day.

I have some long exposures from here which I may post down the road...or tomorrow! I've been on a run of pulling images from the recent past to post up. Hope you don't mind.

Nikon D300
Nikkor 35-70mm @ 70mm
0.5 sec @ f13, ISO 100
Lee .9 Soft GND Filter

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The second day of our trip to Seattle last week, we stopped into Pacific City to spend an evening and morning at Cape Kiwanda. And a stop here would not be complete without a visit to the Pelican Pub. Yum!

After lunch and setting up camp, Kendra and I scouted around the sandstone bluffs. As we headed back to camp, I mentioned how the rocky shelves to the south were a popular sunrise location with one reason being that you don't have to climb a steep hill at 5am.

And that is exactly what we did the next morning. Sleepy eyed and dragging our feet from lack of sleep, we shot the sunrise on the south side of the bluffs. This late in the year, the sun rises too far north to illuminate the bluffs directly when the best color is in the sky, so I definitely will want to revisit here (and spend more than 18 hours) in the fall or winter. There are a couple camp sites nearby and a well stocked market, so Pacific City is far from "roughing it", but hey, I'm ok with that. I love a good IPA at the end of the day!

Nikon D300
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Lee .9 Soft GND Filter

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