El Matador Rock 1
After standing in the rain for hours at Ventura Pier with my Xterra parked at least a mile away, I decided it was time to bail out and find a new location. Cold and wet, I was reminded of the Edward Weston quote, “Anything more than 500 yards from the car just isn’t photogenic.” Heading down the coast past Port Hueneme, towards Malibu, the car sort of turned by itself into El Matador State Beach where I always find something to capture. It never fails. Once on the beach below the cliffs, it looked dark and ominous, especially for late morning. I found this interesting rock (probably a sea stack at high tide) and began walking around it as I looked through my viewfinder for the right frame. I knew I had it when the rock lined up with the sky so it looked like a volcano blowing its top, spewing ashen clouds into the atmosphere. For me, I knew this image would have to be a monochrome.
Nikon D810 DSLR, AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D, Hoya ND400 9-stop neutral density filter, exposure: f/16, 0.8 sec., ISO 64, exposure program: Manual, shutter: M-up mode, Vello Wireless ShutterBoss Timer Remote, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3047 studio head, Simple DoF Calculator, Longtime exposure calculator, iPhone 6+, capture date and time: 10/30/2016, 11:56 am.