Friday, February 26, 2010

Whoosh! Whump! Boom!... Sunset Cliffs


One of the more dramatic results from an afternoon spent watching post-storm waves crash into the rocks at probably our best local surfing/wave-watching spot.  You can't easily get down to beach level here (and wouldn't really want to on a day like this anyway), but there are some nice outcroppings where you can climb down fairly low and shoot back towards shore for a great view with reasonable safety. Amazing how tricky it can be to get the right composition to combine with the just right instant of the waves breaking.. but I sure can watch and work on it for a very long time without getting bored. 
Although the color of the waves was quite nice, I found it to be kind of distracting and decided that I preferred a monochrome approach. A few lucky people get to live right here, as you can see at the top of the frame... not a bad spot for your house, huh?

10 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

This is such a beautiful area in any kind of weather conditions! This is a great shot and the black and white is perfect for this. I like it!

Beadwright said...

Not a bad spot for a house is right. Nice photo.

Nicole/Beadwright

The Retired One said...

This took my breath away....!

Gaelyn said...

Nice place to live until the shoreline recedes. Great capture Mark!
You really should check out Grand Canyon during winter. Just dress warm and bring the snow tires.

storybeader said...

what a beautiful spot to live! Though I love color, this is nice too. B&W makes everything foreboding... {:-Deb

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Reminds me of the Cliff Walk at Newport...good choice the B&W...

Mook said...

Oh that's just my weekend retreat :))

Spot on title and I agree monochrome does tend to work better in these situations. Looks like you picked the right spot to avoid the salt spray on the lens... nice one.

AVCr8teur said...

Very beautiful! It is nice to live there for the views and the sound of the crashing waves, but unfortunately some houses in Northern CA are threatening to fall in the ocean due to the erosion of the cliff.

Chrissy said...

I love the sea and this is a wonderful shot, all moody and dark. As you say full of drama, I really enjoyed yor last post too, not only for the fabulous images but becuase I have been playing in a HDR program

Sirkka´s photo and art said...

Nice shot, shows the power of nature