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January 31, 2010 / Steve

Day 31 – Del Mar Coastline

I wrap up my first month of the project with a long exposure of the rocky cost at Del Mar dog beach. This place has always been a beautiful flat sandy beach with some rocks, but not like this.

The recent heavy rains and high surf has changed this beach dramatically, washing away much of what used to be a long stretch of flat sand. You can see the change in this picture; note the difference between the rock that has green algae growth on it and that which is newly exposed. In time, the regular coastal currents will bring the sand back in.

For those interested in the technical aspects of this picture:
With the camera mounted on a tripod about 2 ft. off the ground, this is a single, 30 second exposure at f/22, ISO 50. The effect with the water is what happens when the shutter is open long enough for the water to come in and wash around the rocks. It’s path becomes blurred into the frame. In contrast with the crystal clear rocks, I love this whispy effect with the water. I used a 2 stop, graduated neutral density filter to even out the light between the sky and the lower part of the frame.



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  1. Dave / Jan 31 2010 7:38 PM

    congrats on month one. Your landscapes are amazing.

    • Steve / Jan 31 2010 7:46 PM

      Yeah, can you believe it we made it through our first month?

  2. Julie Kanitz / Feb 1 2010 2:16 PM

    Impressive photo. Nice addition of the date and comments section. Mom and I had a nice chuckle about your egg shot last night. We’re talking about you often. 🙂 Just 11 more months to go!
    Enjoy the day!

  3. Natalie / Feb 2 2010 8:04 AM


  4. Kim / Feb 11 2010 10:59 PM

    Fantastic picture- love all the different textures and shadows you were able to capture. Kim

    • Steve / Feb 11 2010 11:09 PM

      Thanks Kim!

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