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De Oro Surf

By PatrickSmith  
This beach at Montana De Oro state park, halfway between San Francisco and LA, has some of the most incredible geologic formations on the California coastline that I've seen yet. I made some long exposure images when that low fog moved in, that show off the structures and I may upload those later.

I had to get in close to the action to show the wet rock in detail. In fact, I had moved in little too close just a few minutes earlier. The results of which you can see in the variation I've posted. See that version large. How refreshing! And there was no way to run on this sort of surface......

1/4 second exposure @F10 with ND grads 0.9 + 0.6

Tags: California General Big sur Landscape and travel Rock layers

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Maddie 12 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 3:00PM
great layers of rock there Patrick, looks like you had my kind of fun Wink

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thewaiter 16 1.2k 9 England
26 Nov 2007 3:03PM
dramatic coastline.... great capture Patrick.
Kris76 10 Canada
26 Nov 2007 3:05PM
Very nice capture, both of them. However, I prefer version 1 for some reason...


I wonder why after all you weresoaked anyway Patrick, must have seemed like a good idea at the time.

All the very best
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
26 Nov 2007 3:21PM
Thanks for your comments!

Um, yes Maddie, it was LOTS of!

Well Dougie, I ended up soaking wet for the rest of this evening. But it was worth it for the shots I got.

Nick_w Plus
10 4.3k 99 England
26 Nov 2007 3:31PM
Brilliant - I ythink I would have used No2 as the main image as it has so much drama, wish either was on mt hard drive - No wonder Maddie has been laid low with a cold Wink
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
26 Nov 2007 3:38PM
Magnificent presentation Patrick. Superb reflections of the sky in the water and the waves breaking over the FG rocks gives a great feeling of life and animation. Fantastic FG rock formation.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
26 Nov 2007 3:38PM
Yes, Maddie appears to like swimming these days. She would be no more if she went swimming here!

26 Nov 2007 3:44PM
Both versions are stunningly captured, superb

glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
26 Nov 2007 3:44PM
Crikey !
I like both versions, V1 my favourite.
A great shot, the detail you achieved is stunning.
PS; thanks for recent comment.

riprap007 13 1.6k 37 England
26 Nov 2007 3:46PM
really like the drama of the second one, excellent dynamics and a sight to scare any tog!
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 4:02PM
Both Great ,,But love Number 2
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
26 Nov 2007 4:07PM
Love both of them, superb

imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 4:09PM
what a fantastic rock formation, love the waves and no2 is just great
Nettles 10 England
26 Nov 2007 4:28PM
WOW, now they are bloomin good shots with perfect timing.
Two excellent images. Annette
Hanners Plus
12 875 10 Ireland
26 Nov 2007 4:32PM
looked at #2 large and got a soaking - thanks for that!!! Wink Tongue

Two cracking images Patrick, love the detail you've caught in the rock formation in #1 and the drama you've captured so well in #2, excellent stuff.... Smile
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
26 Nov 2007 4:53PM
Your right Keith,. the action in the second version is excellent. Pal
piccy 11 8 Wales
26 Nov 2007 4:59PM
Wow, took my breath away - and you lived to tell the tale (and take more pics). Keep it up.
jken 11 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 5:01PM
Great capture (both). Amazing geology.

jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 5:05PM
Ah so thats why you were getting wet!

proz 13 205 United States
26 Nov 2007 5:06PM
A stunning shot Patrick.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
26 Nov 2007 5:10PM
Thanks for stopping by! It's a close race between version 1 and 2 so far.

Yes Jeanie. Even your leaky Wellies are of no use here! And there were no cute surfer girls to save me like how Maddie was saved a while back! And swimming here means an early demise for sure.

ian walker 13 716 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 5:12PM
No 2 for me.
Kevlar 12 161 3 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 5:22PM
Brill patrick - very nice- the colours of water look amazing in all your shots
Dotrob 12 Wales
26 Nov 2007 5:28PM
Great seascape, super f/g.
elkiebrooks 15 83 5 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 5:36PM
In Navy terms, you've been goffered. Hope the camera survived this ok. Well worth the effort on both images. They are quite spectacular. Take it easy out there though there aren't always lifeguards and lifeboats around.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
26 Nov 2007 5:46PM
fascinating rock structures, I hope nothing was damaged with the soaking
phillips 12 69 2 Scotland
26 Nov 2007 5:48PM
He wins, he scores...again!

StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
26 Nov 2007 6:01PM
a superb image Patrick i like the shiny rocks in the foreground then the whoosh of the waves topped of by the superb sky. the 2nd version looks really dramtic dont get washed away.
cheesey 12 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 6:03PM
This has the Wow factor again Patrick. Well timed and composed. Definetely worth the soaking. I think I'd have legged it before the version 2 shot though.
Regards Cheesey.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
26 Nov 2007 6:06PM
Thanks for dropping in! I was careful despite how it looks.

Cheesey, this was actually taken after version #2. I had a plastic bag, so I got drenched and kept on shooting!

bobalot 11 10 England
26 Nov 2007 6:09PM
just perfect.

26 Nov 2007 6:26PM
Two superb images Patrick, I have a slight preference for No.1,
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 6:27PM
Very nice Patrick, just love the shape of those rocks

Occupational hazard of a landscape photographer - a soaking while taking beach shots, however hard you try to stay dry, not so bad in the summer but in winter a bit more uncomfortable lol

Photogene 12 176 Wales
26 Nov 2007 6:31PM
Well worth getting drenched for, stunning images.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Nov 2007 6:35PM
Two excellent images Patrick, you've certainly gone beyond the call of duty for the epzer's to get these superb shots!
AngelaR 13 155 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 6:38PM
These are superb work Patrick - the rock formations are great. No wonder you got soaked with those waves!
26 Nov 2007 6:39PM
Loverly rocks and wave action .

Ray .
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
26 Nov 2007 6:43PM
Thanks for looking! I guess it was worth it!

Yes Mari, though the water is cold year round here. About +11c-16c. And the fog that moved in did not help along with the giant sand dune I had to climb to get out of there. I was wet and sandy!

chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 6:45PM
a moment in time, well caught patrick, excellent work Smile
SRSmith 10 1 United States
26 Nov 2007 6:48PM
The wave action in #2 is quite spectacular. You have to watch those sneaker waves. Smile
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 7:13PM
A click for both images Patrick. The second one has that Oh sh*t feeling, as you just know there's nothing you can do about the impending disaster!!
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
26 Nov 2007 7:33PM
Superb exposure Patrick.Lovely work.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2008 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 7:36PM
V2 is my choice for drama, V1 for a great shot. Those "slices" of rock are amazing, like they have been stacked against one another by human hands.
robincoombes 10 1 5 Wales
26 Nov 2007 7:36PM
Stunning as always but v2 has something extra about it

toonboy 13 75 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:00PM
Great photography

Regards Ken
Scott_Scot 13 4 4 Scotland
26 Nov 2007 8:01PM
No 1 is good but no 2 is fantastic! Smile

Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:19PM
The results are stunning Patrick, but I still worry for your safety.....

martin.w 16 518 22 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:36PM
A lovely image Patrick, I like the capture of the wave. Number 2 is well caught too....just before your refreshing bath Smile
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
26 Nov 2007 8:38PM
All been said Patrick but superb all the same

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
26 Nov 2007 8:47PM
Well worth the soaking Patrick. No 2 is very dramatic but I think I must go for the final result.
No 1 for me.
debster 13 693 3 England
26 Nov 2007 8:56PM
Wow, how powerful is that wave action? I'd have probably been swept away.....I get so engrossed in what I'm doing I forget to watch for such things!!

I particularly like all the rock detail in the foreground too!

pfheyes 13 254 1 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 8:58PM
Number two is the winner for me - the exploding wave looks almost unreal (it probably felt unreal too when it hit you lol).

angej 13 479 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 9:03PM
excellent as usual Patrick, very well captured but surely you had yer wellies and brollySmile)
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 9:13PM
no 2 captures the essence of time ! , no doubt its everlasting.


ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 9:18PM
Wonderful rock formation, seems to be combing the waves, great sky to back it too.
MalcolmM Plus
12 889 5 Scotland
26 Nov 2007 9:46PM
Slight preference for no 1 because of light on sea & great rock formations, no 2 is so dramatic though.
paulb20 Plus
11 12 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 9:56PM
Interesting rock formation which gives a superb foreground and your timing is spot on. Like the sky too. Number 1 for me Patrick.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
26 Nov 2007 10:25PM
Thanks for your comments! So far #2 is ahead, though Malcolm and Paul just above have made it a closer race..

You're right Steve (Amethyst_Imagery).

I know exactly what you mean Martin(L)!

Pamela, they are like stacked pancakes.

Don't worry Nigel, I am a good swimmer. Probably should get a crash helmit and padding though! And an underwater housing for the camera....

Yes Martin(W), it was very refreshing fur sure!

Well Debbie, if you Duck and hold on to the rock, you can usually be fine.....

It definitely felt real to me Pete!

26 Nov 2007 10:27PM
Great rocks and spray. No1 for me. No 2 too close for comfort!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 Nov 2007 10:33PM
Oh! MT! the texture in the rocks is outstanding, the spritz is indeed refreshing
View of the ocean, breakers and sun ? set is marvelous

Spectacular image-- Well, more like awesome!

phototime 12 8 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 10:41PM
A stunning shot Patrick,love the version 2 with that big wave.Wonderful.

ashley 14 167 1 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 12:30AM
nice timing ,version 1 for me

colin 13 697 5 Scotland
27 Nov 2007 12:33AM
Love the big splash in the second one, Patrick. You did well to save the camera.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
27 Nov 2007 4:51AM
Thanks for your comments! #2 still has the lead though the gap is narrowing.

'Spritz' Jennnn? Um, I guess that is one way to put it!

Yes colin, the camera is safe under the plastic bag!

glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
27 Nov 2007 5:06AM
Hey Patrick, hope you had a great thanksgiving! By the way I just put in my order for the Nikon D3, let you know what its like when I get it.

Great shot, especially like the way the light brings out the color variations in the rock, another excellent piece of work! Spot on! Click!!!

imagio 11 12 1 England
27 Nov 2007 8:06AM
Excellent work, love the movement in 2.

chris-p Plus
12 67 England
27 Nov 2007 9:21AM
Many times have been in that situation with No 2 pic Smile
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 10:18AM
I love 'em both, Patrick.

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 10:33AM
Both versions are superb!!

Valerie1 10 68 Northern Ireland
27 Nov 2007 11:01AM
Another stunning seascape! Well capture.
dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
27 Nov 2007 2:18PM
WOW these images are both stunning and the second version is like 3d with the wve coming at you. What timming. Honor to be 101.
tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 2:26PM
Great colours and textures in the foreground rocks, better than salt point i would say, i also like the light from the sky spreading across the ocean, i like this one best for the general scene as the light is better but the other one is obviously better for the wave action.
iajacks 12 24 England
27 Nov 2007 3:14PM
like how the water look like its being directed by the formation of the rock, the shot as a good sence of motion and I love the fleck of sun on the clouds.

nice one ian
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
27 Nov 2007 3:28PM
Thanks for stopping by!

It was good Greg. Let me know what you think. I hope yours went well too.

Me too Chris! I just don't show them unless they look good.

Yes Michelle, there was a small one on the way with bigger ones behind. This was not easy.

Terry, it is at least as good as Salt Point but I was only able to get to a part of it on this evening. But Salt Point has more surreal formations I think.

49er 11 564
27 Nov 2007 4:07PM
Now I cant work out which one I like best. But if pushed No 2 has the dramatic feel for me. I was born by the coast and would spend a lot of winter days standing on rocks getting soaked by waves.. A thing you would get stopped doing in this 'nanny state' we have now...

I would be happy to have either on my wall though..
Sezz 13 617 15 England
27 Nov 2007 4:36PM
You work never fails to impress Patrick - love both shots but especially No2, really up close and personal! Smile Worth the soaking!

Sarah *
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 5:28PM
Great shot i absolutly love the little rivulets of water on the rock in the back ground. Glad you did not fall in.
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
27 Nov 2007 5:45PM

RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 5:57PM
That's a great image, Patrick, and it's great to see the extra one too.

clive burrow 13 71 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 6:26PM
Love the shapes of those foreground rocks.
Excellent work
robway 13 318 Wales
27 Nov 2007 9:25PM
Two fantastic images.
Possum 11 148 England
27 Nov 2007 10:43PM
Those rock formations are wonderful, so it's No. 1 for me... that said, love the drama of No. 2 - and glad you survived to tell the tale and share these beauties.
28 Nov 2007 12:02AM
ver 2 has got to get you a soaking!!
both strong images, nice work
HarryStan 13 50 Australia
28 Nov 2007 8:49AM
Excellent captures, both of them. Tonyhanners has put it well detail in v1 & drama in v2

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
28 Nov 2007 4:01PM
Thanks for your comments! #2 is still ahead by a small amount.

LOL Edgar, we have a bit of the nanny state effect going here. You woudl like this beach though. Lots of big surf and very very fresh air!

You're right Sarah, though I didn't think so at the time....

rmr 10 1 Wales
28 Nov 2007 7:33PM
wow ,super shots ,didn"t think ther would be room left to comment .lol .
well done
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2007 8:53PM
Superb. Some PF you've got there Patrick.

Pegon 12 78 1 England
28 Nov 2007 10:24PM
Both great shots Patrick, I can't choose one over the other, I like No1 for the light that brings out the texture on the rocks, and No2 for the drama with the wave.
lauraHB 12 121 Ireland
29 Nov 2007 4:23PM
Wonderful shots patrick, I don't know which one I prefer. They really pack a punch.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Nov 2007 4:45PM
Thanks for dropping by!

It is still a close race with #2 slightly ahead.

dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2007 5:04PM
I think I prefer the first one but they are both excellent. If you go from one to the other there is tremendous movement.
29 Nov 2007 5:19PM
Did you curse after V2 ?
You did, didn't you ?
admit it... did you use the F word ? Blasphemy perhaps ? both ?

A very fine photo Patrick. Has all the ingredients that make your photos so recognizeble. Particularly the lack of people lol.
beautiful colours, patterns and that beautiful and slightly weird spray to finish it off.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Nov 2007 5:31PM
Thanks Di!

Me Koen? Use naughty words? Never!

Well, I did use "GD" as in that sure was a Gosh Darn big wave!

And I used "MF" as in "That is sure some Mighty Fine sea water I'm swimmin in!

but no, no naughty words....

cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
29 Nov 2007 7:26PM
outrageously stunning its a cracker
Dotrob 12 Wales
29 Nov 2007 10:03PM
Sorry Patrick I commented but must have forgotten to click.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
29 Nov 2007 10:18PM
Thanks Neil!

And that is okay Dot.

By the way Koen, every shot of mine should get an EC just for my ability to hide the 7 million people that live in the San Francisco area!

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
30 Nov 2007 3:01AM
Two spectacular images, love the drama of the splash in #2. Lucky you to have the surf, it's enviable.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
30 Nov 2007 10:27AM
A dramatic capture the other version and this is as stunning as we have get used to. Great

wamp 11 276 8 England
30 Nov 2007 11:13AM
Stunning shot. Like the breaking wave very much, the detail/clarity from the rocks is very nice

steviehutch 11 18 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2007 4:48PM
beautiful image
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
30 Nov 2007 5:24PM
Holy smokes, Patrick, that was some splash reaching out to grab you in v2!! you kept the cam dry!

You know what? I actually prefer v2 for the sheer power...but the rocks in v1! I've never seen those sort of formations - quite stunning, aren't they??

A Smile
skydivemike 13 47 Northern Ireland
1 Dec 2007 8:00PM
Stunning work as always Patrick.

Wooly 12 112 4 England
2 Dec 2007 8:08AM
Excellent seascape Patrick, very well timed shot.

PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
3 Dec 2007 2:49PM
Thanks for your comments! #2 is still slightly ahead so far.

Andrew, I saw these on Google Earth and another website that shows arial photos of the entire California coast and I was still amazed when I first saw these formations.

rmr 10 1 Wales
6 Dec 2007 7:29PM
click ,wow ,well deserved 150 ,superb image
well done
xinia 13 54
7 Dec 2007 12:16AM
..Patrick..I can imagine you must have got a bit of a soaking - version 2 certainly demonstrates the drama. - right in your face Smile

the first is wonderful - the linear patterns of the splash go so well with those of the rock - gorgeous light throughout.
MikeA 13 1.3k England
10 Dec 2007 7:21PM
2 has drama but 1 has the light and the detail Patrick.

claret 13 49 England
7 Jan 2008 1:22PM
Hope you and that camera are well insured.
Hugeknot 13 1.2k 2 Iceland
21 Feb 2008 11:27AM
The capture is superb!
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
1 Oct 2008 10:38AM
v2 is amazing. lesley

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