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Natural Bridges - Santa Cruz California

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I love the ocean. It such a peacful place. The smell, the vastness, the thought that you're standing on the last few feet of solid ground before land and sea merge...that you're standing on the edge of a continent. Pretty cool feeling.

I'm lucky enough to live within a 30 minute drive from the ocean, Santa Cruz California more specifically. Today, as work was winding down I took a look at weather.com and some various coastal Webcams and all in all, conditions looked decent so I headed to the beach. To Natual Bridges.

Natural Bridges is a rock formation, of arches, carved out by the repetition of the sea. It used to be larger, with addition spans but they have collapsed and sucumb to the relentless rythm of the tides...leaving just one remaining. The tide tonight was toward the high end, so I didn't have much opportunity for a large reflection in the retreating water but every other condition...no fog, great sky, nice light...was in place so I decided to see what I could capture.

I've visited this spot many times but tonight was the best I had seen it, though I know as winter grows stronger it will get even better...so I'll have to revisit it again since it's so close to home. So for now, here's capture number one...with more versions to come.

Camera:Canon 1Ds mark III
Lens:Canon 17-40mm
Title:Natural Bridges - Santa Cruz California
Username:stephenoachs stephenoachs
Uploaded:5 Nov 2008 - 5:44 PM
Tags:Arch, California, Landscape / travel, Natural bridges, Santa cruz, Sea rock, Stephen oachs, Stephenoachs.com, Sunset
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kat96
kat96  5 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 - 5:47 PM

love the colours
wonderfull shot
great work
kat

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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 5:47 PM

Beautiful exposure and colour.Excellent seascape.
Tom.

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beckas
beckas  10 United States1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 5:54 PM

Nice colors!

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61587 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 5:59 PM

beautiful and uncomplicated in composition with stunning colour tones.
Phil

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 6:03 PM

Beautifully taken, gorgeous colour and light!

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Elemobe
Elemobe  636 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 6:06 PM

Very beautiful, love the simplicity and of course the light.

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albinoni
albinoni  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 6:07 PM

lovely colours and sense of movement!

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jonathanbp
jonathanbp e2 Member 694 forum postsjonathanbp vcard Indonesia
5 Nov 2008 - 6:12 PM

Stunning colours, superb image - Jonathan

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 6:17 PM

Beautiful blues and purples. Even the motion-blurred sea looks completely natural.

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  61432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 7:28 PM

Very, very beautiful and so simple. Andy

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dtomo68
dtomo68  10 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 - 8:23 PM

Very nice

Dave

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Yogendra
Yogendra  10 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2008 - 8:27 PM

Beautiful shot, Superb.

Yogendra

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Slawek_Staszczuk

Another great shot, simple but strong and effective composition
subtle colour nuances
Bruce

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2008 - 9:39 PM

Beautiful, love the water and the colours.

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Syl
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5 Nov 2008 - 9:41 PM

Stunning!!
Syl

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johnjrp e2 Member 10431 forum postsjohnjrp vcard Australia5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2008 - 1:47 AM

Beautiful colours, lighting and detail but I do hate the wonky horizon is sooo spoils this magic shot. John

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