Winter Sunset, San Mateo Coast, CA

Posted by Vaibhav (Stanford, United States) on 7 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Its winter and apart from meaning snow, it also means that the pacific coast is free of fog, there is more drama in the sky and the sunsets are rich and vibrant. On this day, I drove to the San Mateo coast on the back of a rain storm coupled with a receding high tide. That meant, the waves will be large but I will be able to go close to the coast and the rocks in the sea will be visible.

The sky truly became spectacular once the sun dipped below the horizon and I made this image, timing my shutter click with the incoming gust of waves and lowering my shutter speed enough to capture one such stroke (like a paint brush). The rigid dark rocks, moving silky waves with golden/red sky provided me interesting edges to hold the image together and I could open up the foreground using a 3 stop split reverse neutral density Singh-Ray filter.

NIKON D700
2 seconds
F/22.0
ISO 200
22 mm (35mm equiv.)

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