Sunset on Hazard Reef, Montana de Oro, Calif
A few years ago while walking the beach north of Montana de Oro, i had this urge to keep exploring, to keep heading south. South led me past smooth beaches and by and by I was again among rocky tide pools and traditional coastal landscapes. I quickly learned that this place was nothing close to traditional. I had stumbled upon the northern flanks of Montana de Oro, a place called Hazards Reef. Of course at the time i didn't even know this weird and uncanny piece of coastline even had a name. Like any explorer who had found a new and exciting place, I kept going. The oddest rock formations i had ever seen, the twisting layers of eroded bed rock, the monterey shale, the bulbus petrified bubbles that seem to have halted before popping, frozen and fossilized. This place grabbed me body and soul and every time i go back its the same. No other place has effected me in this way. Upon every entrance to Hazard's Reef I have to stop on the promontory and take in the scene, which always envelops me in awe. Sharing my experience and the stark beauty of this place brings me almost as much joy as being there.
Now onto the photo.
Everything came together on this shot taken this past weekend. I pre visualized this composition from a month earlier when i was here for sunrise but the image was mostly flat and dominated by shadow and no color. Waiting for the right conditions and photographing it at sunset was a whole different story. I had my light in the west illuminating the steep cliffs and foreground. I took other pictures later when the clouds turned an ideal pink but the overall scene lacked the warmth and color seen here.
D7000 | 18mm | f/16 | 1/2 sec | ISO 100 | Grad Filters | STX Tripods | 2 exposures blended in CS3.Facebook | Flickr | 500px
Mike Vieira Photography © 2013