An Autumn Afternoon at the Beach

We had our first light rain the other night and our first sense that fall has finally arrived here on the north coast.  I spent a nice late afternoon at Walk-On Beach here at Sea Ranch, watching the heavy surf pound against the rocks.  Watching the churning surf made me think that some extended exposures would provide an interesting mood from this scene.  So I used my 10-stop ND filter and used a 25-second exposure to tame that powerful surf and create the sultry scene I had in my mind’s eye.  The air was cold, the wind was up and fall was definitely in the air.  These images show what I felt as I slowly filled all my senses with the sights, sounds and smells of a beautiful fall afternoon along the Sonoma coast.  I’ve photographed here many times and each time is like I’m experiencing it for the very first time.  Not bad for just another day at the beach.

Walk-On Beach rocks Autumn Afternoon at Walk-On Beach Walk-On Beach looking south Smoky Surf at Walk-On Beach


Equipment: Nikon D810, Nikkor f2.8 24-70mm lens, Oben tripod, Kirk Ball head.

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