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Library of Ages

By PatrickSmith  
This was the scene about 15 minutes after my last upload from this beach halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The fog moved in, and allowed me to isolate these structures with a long exposure. I tried to make this as abstract as possible for a little change of pace.

It was quite difficult walk/run around. There were no flat areas at all, and the entire place was wet and slippery. However, I still wanted to get close to the water so it could add some depth to the scene. It took several attempts to get this because the water would occasionally cover this entire area. LOL - There are few things worse than having to abandon a long-exposure attempt to run/stumble/crawl for your life. I'll be back here for sure!

1 minute exposure @F22 with ND grad 0.9

Tags: California Specialist and abstract Big sur Landscape and travel

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Comments


User_Removed 9 172 1 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 5:34PM
Excellent shot, great details and comp, well captured
Mark

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3 Dec 2007 5:37PM
Stunning shot
Leon
hgabi 9 Hungary
3 Dec 2007 5:37PM
Great shot!
Hgabi
Kevlar 11 161 3 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 5:38PM
Brilliant as ever

Kevin
3 Dec 2007 5:43PM
Another stunner! love the patterns and composition

Graeme
Dotrob 11 Wales
3 Dec 2007 5:45PM
Great shot, super water movement and textures in the rocks.
Dot
vulkan 10 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 5:49PM
Great shot those rocks are amazing
User_Removed 9 485 13 England
3 Dec 2007 5:49PM
superb shot Patrick, looks volcanic

Regards
Dave
piccy 10 8 Wales
3 Dec 2007 5:51PM
It looks a dangerous place especially with the tide covering the rocks. Amazing rock structure, but I guess you are near a fault line there and so the landscape shows evidence of it.
Freda
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
3 Dec 2007 5:55PM
Thanks for your comments!

David, it is all sedimentary right here, but within 15 miles of this place are 7 excinct volcanic plugs, one of which is right on the ocean. I may upload that one later. Quite dramatic!

Yes Freda, this coastline is being pushed out into the ocean and being more exposed each year.

Patrick
flyingseale 9 400 3 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 5:57PM
Very nicely done. The detail in the rocks is superb and it certainly looks a great place to visit.
MIke
iajacks 11 24 England
3 Dec 2007 5:57PM
this almost looks like a island above the clouds.

nice one ian
kinfatric 12 550 9 Scotland
3 Dec 2007 6:11PM
great rock structures and your patience paid off with the various attempts you mention.
sospan 9 12 Wales
3 Dec 2007 6:13PM
A stunning image, excellent movement, detail and fab light.
Andy
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
3 Dec 2007 6:20PM
Thanks for your comments!

True Kin, it was a lot of work, but hopefully worthwhile if people like it!

Patrick
ripleysalien 10 1.2k 11 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 6:32PM
Still like it, though the other one seemed a tad more contrasty, but not over dark.

steve
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
3 Dec 2007 6:35PM
Yes Steve, sometimes compression does strange things!

Patrick
LisaRose 10 172 4 United States
3 Dec 2007 6:35PM
Amazing rock structure, and your exposure time has given it a mysterious feel, very beautiful.

Lisa
GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 6:41PM
Pleasure to be #30 Patrick, amazing detail and composition!

gill
sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
3 Dec 2007 6:49PM
Dramatic landscape you've got there mate. The harsh contours of the rock juxtaposes wonderfully with the misty ocean ... my kind of shot.

Paul
robway 12 318 Wales
3 Dec 2007 6:54PM
The layers of rock protruding from the misty sea create an almost primeval effect. Wonderful atmosphere and impeccable exposure.
John
pmorgan 10 217 13 England
3 Dec 2007 7:01PM
Perfect Patrick!

Rgds
Paul
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
3 Dec 2007 7:09PM
Oh wow what a brilliant image, superb in every respect

Dave
SRSmith 9 1 United States
3 Dec 2007 7:10PM
Superb! It all combines for a visual masterpiece.
Beautiful and atmospheric. Funnily enough the coastline near where I live in the UK has similar angled shelves of rock - I will look at them very differently now!
Suse
paulcr 12 1.5k 9 Ireland
3 Dec 2007 7:13PM
Beauty, love the light, the texture and direction of the rocks and the treatment on the water. Paul
3 Dec 2007 7:18PM
A real stunner. The rocks and fog are shot to perfection. Brilliant work.
Love it. Annette
franken Plus
14 4.1k 4 Wales
3 Dec 2007 7:22PM
Another superb image. The composition and the lighting are both excellent.


Ken
GlynnisFrith 10 23 3 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 7:29PM
Fascinating rocks formation well worth all the effort you put in
cracking shot
Glynnis
ian walker 12 716 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 7:40PM
beautiful as always
MalcolmS Plus
11 1.2k 13 England
3 Dec 2007 7:59PM
Strangely surreal, great atmosphere Patrick

Malcolm
Nigel_95 Plus
11 260 2 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 8:01PM
Great composition, drama and detail Patrick. What a graphic shot of the history of the planet.

Nigel
jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
3 Dec 2007 8:06PM
Although that I am looser I still dmire good pictures like this

Peter
scott_jessuk 11 249 1 Scotland
3 Dec 2007 8:37PM
Very nice Patrick.

Scott
Kris76 9 Canada
3 Dec 2007 8:43PM
Great atmosphere in this picture. I like it alot. Was it a foggy day?

Kris
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
3 Dec 2007 8:46PM
Thanks for dropping by!

John, I did feel a bit like I was in another time and place. With no people around it could have been eons ago.

Suse, now show me what you mean with an upload from there!

Yes Nigel, it is like you can read the history in a better way then when the layers are on a hillside.

No way Peter, you have uploaded lots of great shots!

Yes Chris, it was sunny just a few minutes earlier, like in the last upload. Then the fog moved in quickly. I got one more composition after this and just barely made it up the hill in the dark fog.

Patrick
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
3 Dec 2007 9:15PM
snickering....

Paul I don't think that this is your kind of shot. There is not a single squirrel to be seen here!

Patrick
ashley 13 167 1 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 9:16PM
great details and comp

Ash
Amazing structure to the land here, you can almost see the passing of time. Take care here Patrick this looks dangerous in the extreme. Slippery rock and no real footing with an incoming sea is the worst nightmare.

All the very best
Dougie
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
3 Dec 2007 10:14PM
My kind of shot too....super detail and mood
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
3 Dec 2007 10:37PM
Way late today for me for an original comment, I enjoyed this image, Jennnn
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
3 Dec 2007 10:44PM
Thanks Ash, Chris and Jennnnnnnnnnn!

I'll be careful Dougie. This is a very uncomfortable place to do a seascape, but it looked so awesome that I could not resist!

Patrick
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
3 Dec 2007 10:44PM
LOL! Patrick, you are funny ( amusing) The Pennslyvania Formby!
Actually, as you know they are RASCALS!
3 Dec 2007 10:45PM
You have some superb rock formations out there Patrick, great detail

John
Neil_Higgins 10 35 3 England
4 Dec 2007 12:28AM
The way them rocks are lying and the detail is amazing, that must be some place to be, wonderful scene.
tepot 12 4.4k United Kingdom
4 Dec 2007 4:25AM
I like the long exposure effect on the water surrounding the rocks, giving a somewhat translucent effect, also there are ledges further out with water running off into the ocean which look good, best seen large.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
4 Dec 2007 5:21AM
Thanks for dropping by!

I like that Jennnn, the Pennsylvania Formbies!

True John. There are some near the GG bridge, but they are at a difficult angle to integrate into a seascape.

It is Neil!

Yes Terry, the ledges go way out there!

Patrick
4 Dec 2007 5:31AM
sumptuous!

steve
Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
4 Dec 2007 6:49AM
Had to be yours Patrick.Stunning photography.
Tom.
User_Removed 12 239 7 England
4 Dec 2007 8:14AM
undoubtedly a smashing image patrick it could be mountains from a plane! i think this is an example of a technically brilliant shot that is sort of an invitation to treat visually rather than a resoundingly captivating image if you get my drift. your skills & ability though are clearly on display in regards exposure & choice of shutter speed.

gerry
proz 12 205 United States
4 Dec 2007 1:23PM
brilliant shot Patrick
MarkT 12 119 2 England
4 Dec 2007 1:33PM
Superb rock formations and looks quite a dangerous place for photography - superb capture Patrick.

Mark.
mattw 13 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2007 1:39PM
Execlent as always Patrick.
reminds me a little of Mupe Bay in Dorset.
IanFlindt 12 740 21 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2007 1:46PM
You may not have been blessed with brilliant light, Patrick, but actually perhaps that helps this wonderful image by underplaying the contrast and allowing every conceivable shape and texture equal voice...if that makes sense. Probably not...I'm going down with something which makes coherent thinking and articulation akin to walking through treacle.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
4 Dec 2007 3:12PM
Thanks for stopping by!

Gerry, that is better than I could put it I believe, though the first factor is, as always LUCK!

Yes Mark, it was a bit dangerous but I've learned to assume that the hourly sneaker wave will strike at any moment.

Matt (looking up Mupe Bay on Google), it is quite similar, though there are no layers of shale or anything else between these layers usually. Lets see some shots from there. I've seen the Kimmeridge ones.

Yes Ian (looking up treacle on Google), the fog dulls the light and seems to bring out better colour and detail. So I waited for the fog to make a dark sky and only include a bit of it, and emphasize the rock formations, unlike the last one where it is almost 50/50.

Patrick
4 Dec 2007 5:25PM
darn, just missed being within the first 100 Smile
RockArea 10 18 3 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2007 5:38PM
Amazing, it looks like some sort of moonscape. I really like the way the sky and the sea compare and contrast.

David
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
4 Dec 2007 5:38PM
LOL Koen. I tried to sneak in this unusual shot, but people found it!

Patrick
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
4 Dec 2007 5:55PM
Hitting refresh adds another comment...... very strange....

Patrick
chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
4 Dec 2007 6:44PM
Your adventures are scary Patrick,almost as dangerous as avoiding giant Molehills whilst collecting leaves Wink
Beautifully peaceful,love the textures on the rocks.
Janet
4 Dec 2007 6:48PM
well try not to hit it Patrick. They don't take that kind of behaviour too kindly Wink
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
4 Dec 2007 6:51PM
Yes David, it is a bit of an alien-scape for sure.

LOL Janet... Molehills? (shaking uncontrollably...) Ooooooh, how dangerous!

Well Koen, I know I'm in trouble now. I'll be expecting a dark sedan to pull up in front of my house at 3am any day now!

Patrick
elkiebrooks 13 83 5 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2007 8:46PM
Cracking image Patrick. Just be careful out there.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
4 Dec 2007 9:40PM
A tremendous image Patrick, absolute top drawer as per usual
Sezz Plus
12 617 15 England
4 Dec 2007 11:42PM
WoW Patrick - not sure what else to add? - great title Wink

Sarah *
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
5 Dec 2007 3:36AM
Thanks for dropping in! I'll be careful out there.

LOL Sarah, thanks!

Patrick
glazzaro 12 70 23 United States
5 Dec 2007 7:30AM
Excellent work Patrick, you can see both depth and definition in the rock shale, as always you manage to capture the light in places most only capture shadows. Spot on! Click!!!

Greg
wamp 10 276 8 England
5 Dec 2007 8:58AM
Not quite sure how I missed this one, lovely work. The detail in the rocks and the appearence of the sea is so good

Sean
StevenPrice 12 30 2 England
5 Dec 2007 11:14AM
a superb shot Patrick really like the layers of rock.

Steve
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
5 Dec 2007 12:18PM
This looks amazingly like the coast of Maine. What a fine shot, and worth risking life and limb to get.
ghibby 11 101 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2007 2:29PM
Love this shot Patrick, lond exposure works very well indeed and the subject is very well isolated. nice processing work too. Kind of reminds me of some of the Nova Scotia coastline in Canada.

Ben
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
5 Dec 2007 2:43PM
Thanks for looking!

Sometimes Greg, many are just rubbish though!

Joline, I'll have to put Maine on my list of places to go then!

Ben, it looks like I should add Nova Scotia as well! They have big tidal ranges there too. A long enough exposure could capture several feet of tidal movement!

Patrick
Portknockie 12 48 Scotland
5 Dec 2007 8:18PM
Look magic Patrick..An Exposure that long up here and I could capture ice forming...Wink

Don
LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
5 Dec 2007 10:38PM
Wow, that is a dramatic and quite abstract composition. Love it.

Leigh
5 Dec 2007 10:55PM
Superb, excellent detail,
Fred.
looboss 10 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2007 2:47AM
What can I say?
I know, I'll just do a meaningful click Smile

Luis
chrissd 11 304 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2007 3:49AM
the softness against the jagged rocks is a brilliant piece of composition Smile
chris
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
6 Dec 2007 10:20AM
Superb capture Patrick. Every one of those rock layers would have its own story.Above the little pool on the left I notice some rocks sloping in the opposite direction from the others !!
Brian.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
6 Dec 2007 2:42PM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
6 Dec 2007 3:06PM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
6 Dec 2007 3:45PM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
6 Dec 2007 4:08PM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2007 4:35PM
Wow.

Superb shot.

john.
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
6 Dec 2007 4:38PM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Don!

Good eye Brian. That is actually a reflection of the rock layers in an even smaller pool that remained still during the exposure. Just to make it look even more surreal....

Patrick
Josh_W 9 2 England
6 Dec 2007 5:31PM
Lovely image!

Josh
old timer 12 55 1 Scotland
6 Dec 2007 5:41PM
This is just utterly stunning! The long exposure has given such an ethereal quality to the water, and those stratifications lie beautifully on the diagonal.
Jim

PS - sorry I've been away for some time, but I just don't have the time to spend on ePz these days
steviehutch 10 18 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2007 6:23PM
superlative brilliant
rmr 9 1 Wales
6 Dec 2007 7:20PM
simply stunning ,thanks for you"r comments
mark
6 Dec 2007 7:53PM
absolutely wonderful! Very well done, Patrick!
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
6 Dec 2007 10:25PM
Thanks for the info Patrick I could not work out what it was. - you did not need to keep repeating your reply though Wink
Brian.
tripodted 11 32 1 Northern Ireland
6 Dec 2007 10:37PM
Great shot, Patrick. I love the rock formations.
Ted
PS Thanks for the birthday greetings. I haven't managed any more outings yet with the new camera as the weather is so wet over here at the moment.
xinia 12 54
7 Dec 2007 12:18AM
the title suits this so well - poetic in word and image
Pegon 11 78 1 England
7 Dec 2007 10:32PM
A superb shot Patrick, it looks great large.
Pete.
Carabosse Plus
14 40.6k 269 England
8 Dec 2007 2:24AM
A stunner Patrick! Smile Nothing really to add to the comments already made.
Marian 11 62 England
8 Dec 2007 2:11PM
Your lanscape images are stunning.
Marian
wyatturp 11 2 England
8 Dec 2007 7:49PM
Looks great well done that man

DougSmile
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
8 Dec 2007 8:36PM
Thanks for having a look!

Hi Jim, it is good to see you around even for a short while.

LOL Brian, I'm not sure how that happens but it has done that several times on my shots and a few others.

I'm having the same problems here Ted, though it is due to lack of clouds and one day where it rained all day with no break, then back to clear again next morning.

Patrick
Camairish 11 1.4k Scotland
9 Dec 2007 9:19PM
Mesmerising photography,

Ian.
phototime 10 8 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2007 9:52PM
A stunning image Patrick,love it.

Mo.
bekx 9 2 England
13 Dec 2007 8:54PM
I just love the lines of the rocks in this one!

PS Thanks for your vote!!

xx
Stunning, P......Perhaps one of your best!

Cheers and Happy Holidays,
Suzan Smile
claret 12 49 England
7 Jan 2008 1:20PM
Missed a couple Patrick. Happy new year to you.
Iain
MikeA 12 1.3k England
10 Jan 2008 2:05PM
Like the rock formation and the contrast between it and soft misty water.

MikeA.
olbell 9 47 1 England
22 Jan 2008 4:38PM
Wow wow wow amazing! If only i could take photos like you!

Rgds Ollie
ericfaragh 13 138 4 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2008 11:06PM
Fascinating rock formations.
jstock 9 2 Scotland
22 Jan 2008 11:55PM
Really interesting shot. Must have been pretty low light for you to manage a 1 minute exposure, even at f22. Did you also use a (non-grad) ND on there to allow a longer exposure. That effect can be a bit of a cliche, but here it isn't at all. Just stunning.
Cheers, Jon
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
23 Jan 2008 6:08PM
Thannks for your comments!

No ND's Jon, it was getting dark out there. The fog got really thick just as the sun set.

Patrick
ChazB 11 64 3 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2008 3:47PM
The detail you've captured in the rock striations is stunning!
Charlotte
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
17 Apr 2008 4:11PM
Thanks Charlotte!

Patrick
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
1 Oct 2008 10:37AM
the texture in this is just fabulous. lesley

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