Black Point Waterfall

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Black Point Waterfall, Sea Ranch, CA

We’ve had some big rain storms a few days back and as the rainfall drains through the meadows some of it ultimately ends up in the ocean.  If the storm is big enough we’re lucky to see some nice waterfalls from the many drainage creeks that flow over the bluff and into the ocean.  So, a couple of days ago I headed out to Black Point cove in the late afternoon and captured this image of one of the larger waterfalls.  A day or two earlier there was quite a bit more flow, but the water was carrying a lot of sediment and was pretty brown.  In this image the flow was diminished a bit but was also clear and, at least to me, a little more “photogenic”.  I also used a 6-stop ND filter so I could shoot at a longer exposure (in this image, 1.6 seconds) to add a little “mood” to the overall scene.  And to add a little scale, you can see some seagulls on the beach below the waterfall, and you can also see one in the foreground in the lower left corner.  I like it when they hold still for the picture.

Equipment: Nikon D810; Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 lens; Oben Tripod and Kirk ball head: B&W 6-Stop ND filter.

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4 Responses to Black Point Waterfall

  1. Chris says:

    Spectacular! That’sounds all, just spectacular!!!

    • Hi Chris…thanks so much for your comment. I still think that you’re my most dedicated follower. I’m very grateful for that. I’ve enjoyed our trip down memory lane on FB regarding Jones Beach. Those certainly were the days…our over-exuberant youth on full display on the white sand beaches of Jones Beach. Life was good then, and it still is, just a little more complicated. But it seems that both you and I still found our way back to the beach. I can’t fully explain it, but I feel like my life’s energy is tied to the ocean (not to sound too “Californian). I don’t know about you, but I think I always felt that way. Anyway, thanks for always taking the time to comment on my offerings. Although I pretty much do it for myself, I’m always gratified when people respond so positively to something I posted.

      Take care my friend, and you guys have a great Christmas if I don’t “See” you before then.


  2. Nancy Carroll says:

    Hi Phil: This is probaby my favorite beach at the Sea Ranch. We have also seen this waterfall there. You really caught the lighting beautifully. The golden highlights are especially lovely. Can’t wait to see it in person in a couple of weeks. Great job!

    • Thanks, Nancy. I love this beach as well…probably one of my favorites too. Something different every day. That’s what I love about living here. But it was a cold day, and really windy to boot. I didn’t stick around the top of the bluff too long…brrrr.

      Take care, Nancy, ad always good to hear from you. Please say hi to Jim for me.

      Best to you both,


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