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Sandstone and Sky

By PatrickSmith  
After shooting an unusually good sunrise, I noticed these striated formations in the cloud deck, so I ran quite a way down the beach until I found a spot where the sandstone formations lined up with the clouds. Even the light on the water cooperated as though the sand on the beach is pointing right at it! Then I waited for a wave to complement the scene, and some foam to appear behind the ledge on the right so it would stand out better against the background water.

There is a surfer in that curl by the way!

I've been away for a couple of weeks so it is time to catch up once again. Is anything interesting happening in EPZland?

1/6 second @F22 with ND grad 0.75

Tags: California General Sandstone La jolla Landscape and travel

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Comments


imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:05PM
this is a great looking scene, love those rocks and great cloud formation
ian

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21 Jan 2008 4:06PM
Stunning capture, well spotted.
Christine
RogBrown 9 3.1k 10 England
21 Jan 2008 4:08PM
Great shot. Wonderful sky & nice lead-in from the rocks.
Rog
Geat colours and composition. The way you have captured the waves looks fantastic.

Richie.
lauraHB 10 121 Ireland
21 Jan 2008 4:14PM
That's one hell of a shot Patrick. Looking forward to the sunrise one.
Laura
Costy 8 483 6 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:15PM
Wonderful shot. The cloud looks like its formed a ceiling, gorgeous!
Les_G 8 148 4 Scotland
21 Jan 2008 4:15PM
Amazing photo, great sky and the rocks are fab.
MikeA 11 1.3k England
21 Jan 2008 4:16PM
Well spotted and executed Patrick.

MikeA.
JohnParminter 9 1.3k 14 England
21 Jan 2008 4:16PM
Just a lot of complaints about the weather.
John
GalleryGirl 8 4 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:18PM
EPZland love it! Great composition and super image. Fab sky!
Marilyn x
tavm 9 31 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:19PM
What a great pairing of the clouds and the textured rock. Great shot.
Tim
dave thelens 12 936 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:20PM
well seen Patrick

DTL
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 4:21PM
Thanks for dropping by!

Yes Marilyn, EPZland. It is a quaint little village set in a picturesque valley where peace and harmony reigns supreme!

Patrick
Chrism8 9 801 16 England
21 Jan 2008 4:23PM
Superb shot, excellent light, composition and detail.

Chris
JulieTinton 10 39 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:25PM
Great lead in to a fabulous sky! Love it!

Julie
Cormy 8 3 England
21 Jan 2008 4:28PM
Great image wit a fab sky and lovely foreground.
Cheers
Alan
21 Jan 2008 4:30PM
Simply beautiful, love everything about it.
Chris
21 Jan 2008 4:30PM
Superb image,
Fred.
Guillaume 9 119 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:30PM
Superb image Patrick. You've picked up the right place at the right time!
dianah 9 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:33PM
I have been waiting and waiting for your next upload!! It is that magical light again and the contrast of blues and golds. You portfolio is one of my favourites.
Di
proz 11 205 United States
21 Jan 2008 4:36PM
great shot Patrick
Pricey 10 57 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:37PM
Another beauty Patrick.
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 4:38PM
Thanks for your comments. I did get lucky on this one!

I'm honoured Di!

Patrick
User_Removed 8 172 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:44PM
Wow stunning image, well captured
Mark
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
21 Jan 2008 4:52PM
An incredible collection of lines-- well seen-- I love the layers in the rocks-- sky was a bonus-- Sooo Well done!

Jennnnnnn
PLCimagery 9 77 1 England
21 Jan 2008 4:53PM
As always! Superb

Pete
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 5:01PM
Thanks for your comments. I did get lucky on this one!

I'm honoured Di!

Patrick
21 Jan 2008 5:01PM
welcome back... and you bought a beautiful shot with you too... love it
robway 11 317 Wales
21 Jan 2008 5:03PM
Great lead in and fantastic sky.Wonderful composition.
John
21 Jan 2008 5:07PM
beautiful image,excellent colours and textures
Photogene 10 176 Wales
21 Jan 2008 5:11PM
Wonderful capture, I'd run down the beach to if I saw a sky like that.

Richard
britishlandscapes Junior Member 8 13
21 Jan 2008 5:15PM
Great lead in and incredible sky

Derek
21 Jan 2008 5:17PM
Awesome image Patrick, great exposure and the colours and toning is awesome

Dave
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
21 Jan 2008 5:33PM
That's one special sky! I like all the lines in this shot, you certainly take time to put it all together and it works a treat, even that little wave at the end of the rock - excellent work Patrick.

Sarah *
rangerpaul 9 19 7 England
21 Jan 2008 5:37PM
Awesome sky! Great depth to this and the tones are superb.
Paul
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 5:52PM
Thanks for your comments!

Glad you mentioned the wave Sarah. It looked empty out there without a good wave, so I waited for a niceley shaped one. Most were breaking closer to shore.

Patrick
MalcolmM Plus
10 433 4 Scotland
21 Jan 2008 5:52PM
Amazing & beautiful sky, & rock lines a great lead-in.
21 Jan 2008 5:53PM
Superb composition with a sky to die for.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
21 Jan 2008 6:13PM
Superb image with wonderful light, patterns and light. A beauty!
Rende
imagio 9 12 1 England
21 Jan 2008 6:14PM
Everything perfectly in place a fab image..Oh have you seen the Pareen challenge yet?

Bernie
pmorgan 9 217 13 England
21 Jan 2008 6:26PM
This is amazing Patrick!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rgds
Paul
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
21 Jan 2008 6:29PM
A stunning image Patrick, so beautiful and serene
plugin 11 1 Canada
21 Jan 2008 6:30PM
Fantastic image..
Jim
James_G 9 166 5
21 Jan 2008 6:33PM
Brilliant. What a stunning image.
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 6:35PM
Thanks for stopping by!

The Pareen Challenge Bernie? Is that for shots from childhood or the '70's? I had one up for a while but maybe I'll put up another one.

Patrick
Barrynic 9 16
21 Jan 2008 6:37PM
Wonderful sky.
Barry
RockArea Plus
9 18 3 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 6:41PM
That's a spectacular shot, Patrick. Good to hear about the process that you used to make it too.

David
Phil_Morgan 9 182 1 Wales
21 Jan 2008 6:43PM
Not got the impact of some of your shots initially Patrick. But when you sit back and look at this in more detail, it is one of the best i have seen for quite some time. Would take to long to go into detail, but the elements came together here to produce some very special conditions indeed.

Phil.
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
21 Jan 2008 6:52PM
What a lovely soft sky, just to sit back and enjoy the view, excellent lead in also

Peter
sut68 12 2.0k 76 England
21 Jan 2008 7:03PM
Agree with Phil, not necessarily got the 'leap-off-the-screen' immediacy as some of your work and arguably even better for it, but all the components are right there and in lush detail too. Nice one.

Paul
LeighRebecca 8 267 10 England
21 Jan 2008 7:03PM
As you pointed out, everything works together in this shot. Great stuff.
Leigh
Buffalo_Tom Plus
9 2.3k 9 Wales
21 Jan 2008 7:06PM
Superb foreground detail in those rocks which lead you all the way in.Stunning composition.
Tom.
21 Jan 2008 7:07PM
Outstanding Patrick, a pleasure to view.
Paul
alyismad 10 9 Wales
21 Jan 2008 7:07PM
Just amazing Patrick so sharp I think my feet got wet and sand in my toes

all the best steve
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
21 Jan 2008 7:11PM
I think you knitted that sky Patrick Wink
Love the freshness & clarity of this..
knit one...purl one...drop one ...Wink
Janet
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 7:25PM
Thanks Barry and David!

Yes, Phil and Paul, I usually like more dramatic waves but the structure drew me in once I found the right spot. I do have a more dramatic one taken just to the left and close to the water with a big wave and surge. Perhaps next time.

LOL - Knitting Janet? Hmm, that really doesn't evoke images of 'dangerman' , now does it??

Patrick
JimL Plus
9 135 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 7:26PM
excellent image Patrick,keep up the good work.
MarkT 11 119 2 England
21 Jan 2008 7:48PM
Love that sky Patrick and nice soft light captured superbly.

Mark.
martin.w 14 401 22 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 7:50PM
What a fantastic sky Patrick and you made good use of it.
21 Jan 2008 8:03PM
Just stunning!!
Stephen
cheesey 10 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 8:07PM
Another stunning image Patrick. Top class .
Regards Cheesey.
martinl 12 264 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 8:07PM
That is some sky you got there Patrick. Not a stand out image like some of yours, but everyting combines very nicely.

Martin
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 8:30PM
Thanks for dropping by.

Yes Martin, this is taken from higher up than I usually go, but worth it in this case I think!

I have a dramatic one with this sky I may show later. That one has more action, but I went for the strong lines in this one.

Patrick
Yogendra 12 22 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 8:38PM
Stunning shot, Superb.

Yogendra
Chriscj 10 96 1 England
21 Jan 2008 8:41PM
That sky is amazing Patrick, lovely detail too.


Chris
wamp 9 276 8 England
21 Jan 2008 8:43PM
The detail and clarity in the rocks is so good Patrick. The cloud formation has created some lovely effects too

Sean
bricurtis Plus
10 2.0k 49 England
21 Jan 2008 8:43PM
Love the clouds - also like that detail in the little patch of sand.Superb as usual Patrick.
Brian.
franken Plus
13 3.8k 4 Wales
21 Jan 2008 8:51PM
Excellent composition and a wonderful sky.


Ken
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 8:53PM
Thanks for dropping by.

Yes Martin, this is taken from higher up than I usually go, but worth it in this case I think!

I have a dramatic one with this sky I may show later. That one has more action, but I went for the strong lines in this one.

Patrick
Mari 12 1.8k Wales
21 Jan 2008 8:56PM
Hi Patrick, hope all ok with the finger now, if you can take pics like this then all seems ok? Just love the echoing of the rocks in the sky, an amazing capture. Although I think a close up of few small pebbles placed strategically on that large rock could have produced another shot ROTFL, would you like me to post you some!!

Only joking, its fab

Mari Wink
JouŠo Plus
12 56 Finland
21 Jan 2008 8:57PM
nice one, Patrick........

Jouko
MalcolmS Plus
10 1.1k 13 England
21 Jan 2008 8:59PM
Incredible perspective Patrick, amazing thought processes behind the composition.

Malcolm
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 9:09PM
Thanks Jouko and Malcolm!

LOL Mari, don't bother, I'll just cut and paste 'em in from one one of your shots! This was taken before the finger but it's doing better now. I'll have another round next month though. It still needs work.

Patrick
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
21 Jan 2008 9:25PM
What can you say . Superb Patrick

Brian............................
tripodted 10 31 1 Northern Ireland
21 Jan 2008 9:26PM
I love the cloud formations in this shot. They bring a great sense of perspective to the image. I hope the finger isn't too sore.
Ted
Smile
chris-p Plus
10 65 England
21 Jan 2008 9:30PM
My compliments on a super production Smile
ashley 12 167 1 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 9:32PM
nice composition & great sky

well done

Ash
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 9:38PM
Thanks Brian Chris and Yoda!

It is a bit sore Ted but not too bad now!

Patrick
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Jan 2008 10:12PM
I should add that the surfer is hidden in the wave so you can't see her! Just as well, as 1/6 second would just make for a blur.

Patrick
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
21 Jan 2008 10:19PM

Quote:Hmm, that really doesn't evoke images of 'dangerman' , now does it??


Flippin dangerous them knitting needles you know..Wink
GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 10:42PM
So obviously yours Patrick, subtle colour, stunning light and fantastic attention to detail.

gill Smile
piccy 9 8 Wales
21 Jan 2008 11:23PM
Sp perfect as usual. I may have a little wave for you tomorrow Wink
Freda
colin 11 697 5 Scotland
21 Jan 2008 11:50PM
Fabulous cloud formations - you can feel them drawing you into this image, Patrick.
Colin
jeanie Plus
12 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 11:51PM
I do like the patterns in this - the clouds, the lines on the sand and the layers in the rocks... nice one Patrick Smile

Jeanie
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
22 Jan 2008 12:29AM
Thanks for your comments and to the lookers too!

LOL - Yes Janet, so I've heard! I should not make light of such a dangerous activity!!

Let's see it Freda!

Yes Colin, It is sucking you in......

Glad you liked it Jeanie.

Patrick
jdh2 10 1 1 United States
22 Jan 2008 1:19AM
almost seems like i'm there. excellent

Jerry
glazzaro 11 70 23 United States
22 Jan 2008 2:27AM
Perfect timing, the light is well balanced and the scene seems to seamlessly blend together, Spot on! Click!!!

Greg
tepot 11 4.4k United Kingdom
22 Jan 2008 5:48AM
great perspective and nice colours throughout, just shows what can be acheived with a keen eye.

i've never seen a cloud structure like this, great stuff!
thewaiter Plus
14 1.2k 9 England
22 Jan 2008 7:52AM
stunning quality as usual Patrick.
DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
22 Jan 2008 8:39AM
How do you get your thumbnails looking so good Patrick? Your thumbnail landscapes look better than most peoples large versions. Lol, and another beautiful shot.
martinw 10 251 England
22 Jan 2008 9:02AM
One to savour Patrick, needs to be looked at for while to appreciate it fully. Do you follow the sharpening technique on your website?
Martin
Hanners Plus
10 875 10 Ireland
22 Jan 2008 12:56PM
Love the tone, colour, mood and sky. Fantastic shot Smile
22 Jan 2008 2:02PM
The layers of the rocks are fascinating.
I really love the mood, sky and lead in to this great shot.
Absolutely superb - as always.
Annette
tmann 11 4 2 United States
22 Jan 2008 2:47PM
wow, the sky really adds the extra "wow" to this for me... perfect as always!
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
22 Jan 2008 3:22PM
Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

I'm not sure Dave. It might have to do with what I'm going to mention right below.

Martin, yes that is how I do it. I sharpen each area separately at various radii and strengths leaving the sky pretty much alone. Then I sharpen all the land at 0.2 pixels at a high strength. I leave dark areas alone so as not to increase noise.

I like the rock layers too. This is a great place with lots of possibilities.

LOL Thomas, but how do you really feel? Don't hide it now!

Patrick
Jaw Dropping excellent work
49er 9 564
22 Jan 2008 3:34PM
They just get better. This IMO is stunning in everyway..

regards

Edgar
Chant57 Plus
10 395 3 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2008 3:45PM
This really draws you in, a fascinating sky, fabulous colours and an excellent composition.
C
22 Jan 2008 4:07PM
Movement in the sky and composition are just perfect

Graeme
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
22 Jan 2008 4:18PM
Thanks for looking!

You don't see the bad ones Edgar! But I do have a few new ones up my sleeve.

Patrick
olbell 8 47 1 England
22 Jan 2008 4:32PM
Glad i have just found your p/f Patrick! One of the best i have seen on the site. Great job

Rgds Ollie
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
22 Jan 2008 5:02PM
Thanks Ollie!

Patrick
Bluke 11 303 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2008 8:47PM
Another awsome image.....love it..
Babs
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2008 9:32PM
I spent some time absorbing this Patrick. Wonderful lines and patterns in the sky, and textures/details in the sandstone strata.

Nigel
Pegon 10 78 1 England
22 Jan 2008 9:53PM
A brilliant shot Patrick, great sky and composition.
Pete.
SKavanagh 8 312 5 England
22 Jan 2008 10:19PM
Excellent shot this is really special love it
Steve
DP_Imagery Plus
11 24 6 Wales
22 Jan 2008 10:29PM
All been said - a cracker. Bruce
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
22 Jan 2008 10:59PM
Thanks for dropping by!

Patrick
ericfaragh 12 132 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2008 11:05PM
Nice echo between the strata and the sky.
jstock 8 2 Scotland
22 Jan 2008 11:41PM
This has almost a surreal quality to it. That sky is just amazing, and the rock striations add real interest and texture. Love that you don't oversaturate your colours. Think I've been to that beach, but never found that spot!
Cheers, Jon
johnjrp 12 432 5 Australia
22 Jan 2008 11:54PM
Stunning shot Patrick. John
LisaRose 9 172 4 United States
23 Jan 2008 2:58AM
I agree with Jon, it has a surreal look to it, nicely done Patrick.

Lisa
chrissd Plus
10 304 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2008 9:26AM
this is excellent Patrick, fair zooms you straight into the image, lovely work
chris
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
23 Jan 2008 1:52PM
Thanks for stopping in!

Yes John, I do usually add 4%-8% saturation to the raw file sometimes but that brings it back from being too flat to a more natural state. Though I just did one where I had to desaturate because the sky had a lot of red in it.

Patrick
danbrann Plus
11 576 16
23 Jan 2008 5:37PM
Oustanding. So wellthought out,planned and executed.
Gaz_H 9 150 1 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2008 7:00PM
One amazing image Patrick. Love the colours, textures, composition, sky - did I miss anything.
Kris76 8 Canada
24 Jan 2008 1:28PM
Amazing capture. I love the cloud formation.

Kris
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
24 Jan 2008 4:13PM
Thanks for your comments!

LOL Gary, that pretty much sums it up!

Patrick
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
24 Jan 2008 4:23PM
Fantastic composition Patrick. Out of this world.
Ron
dathersmith 9 550 12 England
24 Jan 2008 6:50PM
Wow, that is a fantastic shot.

Darren.
firzhugh 11 13 New Zealand
24 Jan 2008 7:13PM
love the sky, fantastic view
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
25 Jan 2008 4:40AM
Thanks Ron, Darren and Cornelia!

Patrick
danbrann Plus
11 576 16
25 Jan 2008 1:57PM
If I have done this right you should have an award now. If I haven't done it right I meant to.
Danny
25 Jan 2008 5:01PM
Stunning shot, brilliant detail, love the sky.
Alexandra
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
25 Jan 2008 5:03PM
Thanks Alexandria!

And thanks Danny, though I don't see anything yet!

Patrick
25 Jan 2008 5:37PM
It's not really my favourite from your photos Patrick. Technically it all looks impressive, but the scene just can't captivate me (me not being a huge fan of landscape photography obviously doesn't help). but for me this one is just too much just sandstone and sky (good title though lol). Looking forward to the next one though Smile
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
25 Jan 2008 6:12PM
LOL Koen, it is probably because I am further from the water than usual. For the next upload I'll do on Monday, I got soaked! I'll see if I can cut and paste a train station onto the beach. That should do it!

Patrick
ian walker 11 716 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2008 7:11PM
glad to see your back with another stunning image.
exposure Plus
11 3.5k England
25 Jan 2008 8:55PM
Beautiful lovely fore ground detail and a beautiful composition.
Pauline.
Valerie1 8 68 Northern Ireland
25 Jan 2008 9:51PM
Fantastic shot, Patrick. It has everything, the texture in the rocks, the wave breaking and a sky to die for. Glad to hear you are feeling better and thanks for sharing your techniques with us. You always get your images spot on.
Valerie
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
25 Jan 2008 10:21PM
Thanks for stopping by!

I see it now Dan, thanks.

LOL Valerie, thanks but you don't see the bad ones!

Patrick
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
25 Jan 2008 10:41PM
Thanks for stopping by!

I see it now Dan, thanks.

LOL Valerie, thanks but you don't see the bad ones!

Patrick
old timer 11 55 1 Scotland
26 Jan 2008 5:25AM
Simply stunning, Patrick.
Jim
bayleaf 8 8 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2008 9:27AM
Superb.

John.
kinfatric 11 550 9 Scotland
26 Jan 2008 8:06PM
this works very well Patrick
scott_jessuk 10 249 1 Scotland
27 Jan 2008 5:59AM
Stunning Patrick.

Scott
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
27 Jan 2008 5:25PM
Oh man...what a shot. Love the perspective...and those clouds!

A Smile
microchip 8 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2008 7:41PM
Just WOW
Alan
Serkta 8 42 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2008 8:55PM
Absolutely stunning. Cheers, Raife
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States