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Sunset at Pfeiffer Beach
Sunset at Pfeiffer Beach

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: Pfeiffer Beach State Park, Big Sur, CA
Date: Nov 11, 2010
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/10 sec
Date Uploaded: Nov 22, 2010

[Dec. 1st, 2010 11:53:22 PM]

This is a shot 15 months in the making. I had seen closeup photos of this rock with the sun setting behind it online and in August 2009 ventured the 2.5 hours from my house to do a similar shot. I made a day of, driving down the coast and stopping to take photos along the way. I got this beach at 5:30pm. Sunset was at 9:45pm, I waited, got setup, was preparing to make a great sunset photo and the sun set 30 degrees to the north. I realized that the sun only set directly behind this rock certain times of the year. I got home, did the calculations and figured out it only set behind the rock twice a year and I had missed it by 2 months.

I marked the next one on on my calendar and again made the 2.5 hour trek only to be fogged out. Couldn't even see the rock from the beach. Marked the calendar for 6 months later but was travelling that entire month and never made it. So marked my calendar for this Nov and finally made and had good conditions.

Personally this is one of my least favorite photos of the day. On another photo site I posted several and everyone loved this one. I'll post the others and you can be the judge.

Score have been steady rising, currently at 6.7143 with 49 votes in.

Place: 11 out of 264
Avg (all users): 6.7364
Avg (commenters): 7.2222
Avg (participants): 6.5060
Avg (non-participants): 7.1522
Views since voting: 12950
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 129
Comments: 16
Favorites: 8 (view)

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12/11/2010 06:24:48 PM
That is some serious determination, and well worth it. Very nice.
12/10/2010 11:34:46 AM
Worth the wait! very nice and a fav from me
12/08/2010 11:44:14 AM
Great shot! CA central coast is beautiful! It's funny that you state this is one of your least favorite shots of the day... for what it's worth I love it! Great work in capturing the sun at just the right angle here. The composition is great and the colors really pop. The 15 month story is good too! Way to hang in there! Again, well done and congrats.
12/08/2010 10:52:26 AM
Very VEry interesting, id love this on my wall, just probably zoomed in a lil bit more.
12/08/2010 09:02:28 AM
Its a masterpiece and should have been higher.. Great effort!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2010 11:20:12 PM
Very well observed & taken! I think it can be even more dramatic after few more touches of processing.
12/07/2010 06:55:19 PM
Beautifully captured
12/07/2010 01:47:52 PM
Nice timing on this! Good use of extended foreground, to let the avenue of light really draw the eyes in.
12/05/2010 10:18:30 PM
Wasted comment on this image, deleted

Message edited by author 2011-04-27 19:15:15.
12/05/2010 06:20:18 AM
Wow, that's especially, marvellous.
12/03/2010 04:29:00 PM
Fantastic angle to catch the sun... I'd like to see it with the rock on the far left either cropped or cloned out as it draws the eye, and perhaps a little more headroom for the rock. Still a 7 though.
12/03/2010 01:20:50 PM
This is a missed pic. With an human figure in the light ray and a darker sky it could be terrific. 6
12/02/2010 06:23:48 AM
What a beautiful and unique image! Everything works so very well.
12/01/2010 08:55:52 PM
Right time, right place.
12/01/2010 06:04:33 PM
love the moment of light you caught here.
12/01/2010 12:27:28 AM
cool looks like a walkway

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