Sea Stack – Cloudy Morning at El Matador
I noticed this sea stack on a prior visit to El Matador State Beach. For the most part I never plan, but this time I began to put together a vision in my mind of how I would represent the scene when I returned. I decided it would be a bold, high contrast, monochrome image at sunrise. Arriving in predawn darkness, I set up my camera and tripod and framed for composition. An uneventful dawn came and went as I struggled with a wireless remote shutter release that refused to work. Then, at 8:32 (according to metadata) the sun burst through the clouds bathing the rockface with low-angle, golden light so strong it sliced the menacing storm clouds in half exposing peaceful, azure blue skies above. I tripped the shutter thinking the image must be color…and this is the end result. Next time, I will be guided only by sensation…the salt brine scent of an onshore wind, the call of hungry gulls, the slapping sound waves make splashing against rock…anything but a friggin’ plan!
Nikon D810 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/5.6, 1/4 sec., ISO 64, exposure program: Aperture Priority, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, depth of field measurement: Simple DoF Calculator app., iPhone 6 +, capture date and time: 10/16/2016, 8:32 am, post processing: Photoshop CC 2015.5, Adobe Camera RAW 22.214.171.1248, Adobe Bridge 126.96.36.199