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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:7 Nov 2008 - 10:46 PM
Tags:Arch, California, Landscape / travel, Natural bridges, Santa cruz, Sea rock, Stephen oachs, Stephenoachs.com, Sunset
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Morgs
Morgs  6 Wales62 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2008 - 10:50 PM

Simply stunning and I just love the way you have captured the wave as the water receeds into another about to crash.

Regards,

David

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jonathanbp
jonathanbp e2 Member 694 forum postsjonathanbp vcard Indonesia
7 Nov 2008 - 10:54 PM

beautiful and serene, love the colours - Jonathan

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dweezil
dweezil  6 England
7 Nov 2008 - 11:08 PM

Wow fantastic colours lovely capture
Craig

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2008 - 11:10 PM

This is a beautiful cature, great soft pastel colours.
John

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whiteswan01
7 Nov 2008 - 11:17 PM

a cracking capture stunning colours would grace any wall look forward to seeing more
Dawn

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2008 - 11:32 PM

This is just a repeat of the photo you posted two days ago, isn't it?

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2008 - 12:35 AM

Look forward to more versions!
tony

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CherryMartin
8 Nov 2008 - 5:57 AM

beautiful capture.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2008 - 7:47 AM

love the colours and water movement.lesley

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stephenoachs
9 Nov 2008 - 5:11 AM

Dricherby, yes. I was trying to re-upload and ended up making a copy instead. I didnt realize so now I have two. Is there anyway to merge them together?

Thanks everyone for the great compliments!

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