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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