El Matador Rock 1

El Matador Rock 1

El Matador, Rock 1 – Malibu, California

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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.

Copyright 2016, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

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 CalculatorLongtime exposure calculatoriPhone 6+, capture date and time: 10/30/2016, 11:56 am.


18 thoughts on “El Matador Rock 1

  1. This image is magical! The ashen volcanic cloud mirrors the whitewater in the foreground. Is that a reflection of the “volcano” I see there? The clouds mirror the ocean. My eye moves from the natural chaos of the sea foam to the turbulent clouds above the horizon. The clouds at the horizon look like a breaking wave. Or is it? And the light hitting the sea stack. Was it golden? The shadowed sand draws my eye to the darkened sea. Every element in this image has a counter element. I’ve never seen a capture like this before. This is the work of a Master Photographer. Edward Weston (my hero) ain’t got nothin’ on you, Bisogno.

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  2. Marina Mur Waddingham 11/7 3:29

    What an emotional yet moving image you have here!

    This indeed is a study of a great monochrome, it has depth, movement, emotion, the details are in the clouds, the water, and the rock.

    The emotion is deep, dark, moody, foreboding, gloomy, covering everything so no light can shine through.

    The clouds are dark with the heaviness of rain seeming to be spewing from and around this rock.

    The water swirling around the rock looks cold, forbidding, yet is seems to be drawing you into it’s icy wake.

    The way the waves are in turmoil just beyond and around the rock as it is rushing in to eventually submerge a lot of this rock.

    The rock is so rich in colour, monochromatic colour, it’s the detail of the rock, with the grays, the blacks, the pits, the ruts that run along it’s surface and going deep into the stone to give it great detail.

    Just so you know I love this image!

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    • I’m glad that you love this image Nature’s child. It is nice for an artist to hear how a viewer is taken on an emotional journey through his artwork. Most of the time the artist never knows the feeling conjured up by a viewer. I find this very interesting. Thank you.

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