End of the Day

Bluff-top Trail at the end of the dayWalk-on Beach BluffBlack Point post-stormPelican's last flight of the dayBlack Point sunset

Soft light at Walk-on Beach

Last Light of the Day

First Big Storm of 2014 at Sea Ranch

Before all the really big storms hit the north coast here I spent a few late afternoons and evenings capturing some nice light.  These images were captured along several Sea Ranch beaches, including Black Point and Walk-on beaches.  There’s quite a mix of colors, depending on the time of day and the cloud conditions.

I was lucky to hit the beach at just the right time – around sunset after a minor storm. The sky was still full of energy and the setting sun danced around the remaining storm clouds. I was also lucky enough to capture a trio of brown pelicans on one last flight as the day ended.

The last image is not so much about light, but perhaps the lack of it. This shot was taken just north of Stengel Beach on Sea Ranch a day or so ago during one of our really big storms.  It was raining hard, foggy and as you can see the visibility wasn’t the best.  But the surf was really churning with huge waves driven by the storm and 30 – 40 knot winds. I found a nice somewhat protected spot under a big Monterey Cyprus on the bluff from which to shoot.  After shooting it was nice to come home to a warm fire.

So at the end of the day we have some nice soft light and very cold stormy surf. Every day is a new day and you just never know what it’s going to bring.  These were all good days…Life is good!

Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 24-70 mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8 lenses; monopod.

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