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Place of the Heart II by twelvemotion Place of the Heart II by twelvemotion
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.

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Mike Vieira Photography 2013
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augenweide May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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augenweide May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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Zanarky Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing exposure and colour detail! Really beautiful :).
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Thank, i appreciate it!
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YorkshireSam Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Superbly captured. Excellent job !
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John-Peter Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:
Congratulations! Your beautiful work has been featured in the newest journal of our group :iconnature-capture: Featuring the Art from our Members VI
You can find your work on our Featured Folder
Please :+fav: this journal to more people can see the feature :)
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:icontwelvemotion:
Thank u, honored!
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goldengirl11 Feb 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
I'd say your perseverance paid off... This is a beautiful shot!!!!!!
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