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Soberanes Arch

By PatrickSmith  
Soberanes Point, in Big Sur near Carmel California is a rugged piece of coastline backed by 4,000 foot mountains. I wanted to isolate this arch and give it a 3D look by doing a long exposure so that the waves do not distract from the rock forms. Also, it was isolated more when I made the top of the arch break the horizon just in one spot. I had to run across a low point in between waves to get out to a rock similar to the arch in order to get this composition. And yes, I did get soaked of course, which ended my plans for a night time image from here!

This may be my last upload for a while, as my birth defects research ogranization is moving a few miles away from where it is now in Berkeley. They are not sure about internet connections right now and when we get it, it may be too slow for EPZ'ing. LOL - Time for a new job! So I may be commenting during the night time GMT for a while after about Wednesday of this week.

1 minute exposure @F22 with ND grad 0.9 + 8 stop circular ND filter. (That got the exposure up to 1 minute from about 2 seconds, which reduced the cottony messy water effect of shorter exposure times.)

Also, on long exposure shots like this, wait for the ocean to calm down so that colour comes through and it is not so white that the water blows out from being too bright.

Tags: California General San francisco Big sur Landscape and travel Garrapata Soberones point

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Maddie 11 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 3:35PM
looks a great place Patrick, hopefully you will be back online very soon Smile

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21 Apr 2008 3:37PM
Another stunner

Atlas 13 621 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 3:37PM
I really like this Patrick. I especially like the cottony messy water effect ☼☼☼☼☼

wyatturp 11 2 England
21 Apr 2008 3:37PM
Fine work Patrick hope you are well sir, do not be away for to long that manSmile

Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
21 Apr 2008 3:40PM
Like the details and lighting in this Patrick - the milky sea works well.
Hope your back clicking soon.
Regards Richard.
davidbailie 13 457 7 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 3:40PM
Like it well enough Patrick - tho must confess a little too 'cottonwolly' in the sea for me -- good luck to you - see you soon.

Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
21 Apr 2008 3:46PM
I like the colours and exposure for the sea, don't be away too long Patrick!

Sarah *
Mounters 9 85 2 England
21 Apr 2008 3:47PM
More fantastic painting with light. So delicate and atmospheric, I love the way you manage to wring out every ounce of detail.
Great shot I hope the move goes well and look forward to seeing you online soon
JouŠo 12 56 Finland
21 Apr 2008 3:50PM
good luck with your new job, Patrick.......Hope you get yourself an extra fast internet connection soon......

BTW...Very nice photo for resting a case Wink

21 Apr 2008 3:50PM
You are the only man on this sight who can paint with a camera. Respect honey. Respect. helen x
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Apr 2008 3:51PM
Thanks for your kind wishes and comments!

I just got an email stating that we may not have any internet access at all for at least a week after this Wednesday! I better get my EPZ fix now!

lol Jouko, we will see what happens! I may have to go to the nearest coffee house with my laptop if things get desperate!

8 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 3:54PM
Nice exposure, got the sea perfectly, good luck.
keithh Plus
12 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
21 Apr 2008 3:55PM
This harks back a bit for me's very pristine and colourful but lacks any...and I'll have to use the word 'soul' for want of any other.

It's back to that disney-esque look.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
21 Apr 2008 3:56PM
Magicall soft water, emphasizing this fantasticallyrugged coast line-- Arch is special!

21 Apr 2008 3:57PM
settings work wel
User_Removed 9 485 13 England
21 Apr 2008 3:58PM
first rate shot Patrick

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Apr 2008 4:00PM
Thanks Phil And Jen.

Hi Keith, I have something more dramatic and 'alive' planned from this spot that you will probably like more. But I could not pull it off on this night! Stay tuned... but you may fall asleep because it may take me a year or more to get it!

bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 4:01PM
Supr shot this.

Buffalo_Tom Plus
10 2.3k 9 Wales
21 Apr 2008 4:09PM
Fine exposure Patrick.Well taken
edwood 8 3 Scotland
21 Apr 2008 4:09PM
nice long well with the scene.another great shot
JouŠo 12 56 Finland
21 Apr 2008 4:11PM
don´t you have WLAN there?? We have lots of open WLANs here in Finland.....Last Friday, while waiting my cars tires changed to "summerones", LOL, I browsed with my Nokia N95 8GB shots from EPZ! Smile
I´m so addicted to EPZ! LOL.......My Nokia found an open WLAN and time really flies then Wink

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Apr 2008 4:12PM
Thanks John, Tom and Edwin!

JouŠo 12 56 Finland
21 Apr 2008 4:25PM
Too late to edit my above comment......You obviously have those WLANs in those cafes, but many people have they own open WLANs here in Finland....And I mean OPEN for all to use! It´s illegal to use your neighbours WLAN, even if it´s open! My own WLAN at home is well secured! Confused?? LOL

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Apr 2008 4:28PM
Well, Jouko, we do have them (both open and private) but we are not allowed to bring laptops into work because we deal with sensitive data, so I'd have to go away from the office. LOL - Yes, you are addicted if you are EPZ'ing while getting your tires changed! Time to go to Rehab!

Kevlar 10 161 3 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 4:39PM
wow as always
JouŠo 12 56 Finland
21 Apr 2008 4:43PM
LOL......That link MUST BE ILLEGAL! LOL....

OK! Case closed! LOL......I understand! But that Rehab-thingy is something else! Wink

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Apr 2008 4:51PM
Thanks Caoimhin!

Could be Jouko! best voice in a generation though.

Nick_w Plus
9 4.3k 99 England
21 Apr 2008 4:58PM
Very very good I like the sense of calm. Good luck with the move hope all goes well, and hope to see you back soon.
martinl 13 265 2 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 4:59PM
Like the long exposure effect on the water, and the fact that you can now see through the waves to reveal the sea colour.

Hopefully, you'll be back online soon Patrick.

robway 11 318 Wales
21 Apr 2008 5:10PM
Supreme exposure, the water quality is superb. Great compositon.
Bodiewil 9 46 Wales
21 Apr 2008 5:13PM
Truly brilliant work again Patrick

dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 5:21PM
Magical and mystical..wonderful colours and so much atmosphere. This is superb Patrick.
21 Apr 2008 5:23PM
Another really Awesome shot Patrick...
Hope to see you back on line soon..
I want be on here as much myself ..start back to work this Thursday.
9 1.1k United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 5:33PM

Quote:Also, on long exposure shots like this, wait for the ocean to calm down so that colour comes through and it is not so white that the water blows out from being too bright

This is where soooo many people get it 'wrong' for me - blown to bits! They end up with a lump of 'gunk' with 'burnt' blobs Sad

Excellent, the detail in the rock is absolutely fascinating and the water is gorgeous
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Apr 2008 5:38PM
Thanks for dropping in!

I liked that too Martin.

I don't like the messy lumpy look either Beverly. This was a close call on that account and I was hoping to get longer exposures as it got darker but I got nailed by a wave that that was it for the evening! Big seas mean that longer exposure times are required to reduce the cotton effect.

jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
21 Apr 2008 5:41PM
Good luck with the next attempt from this place, anyway there is still tat lovely dremlike effect here

21 Apr 2008 5:42PM
Excellent shot, i like the mood that radiates.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
21 Apr 2008 5:46PM
Great exposure in this beauty, beautiful color and great atmosphere.
MalcolmS Plus
11 1.2k 13 England
21 Apr 2008 6:19PM
Strangely surreal effect you have created Patrick, the rock certainly looks almost 3D

microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 6:23PM
Lovely shot,Thanks for the explaination on how you achieved this,
paulsteds 12 123 England
21 Apr 2008 6:39PM
A super shot patrick well worth the soaking, the detail and colour are fabulous.
StevenPrice 12 30 2 England
21 Apr 2008 7:10PM
another cracking image Patrick
21 Apr 2008 7:41PM
When the revolution comes and us Brit's regain the colonies.. you will all be on GmT over the pond..!!! winks

Seriously superb texture to the sea and waves, also textures and persepctive of rocks/scene..!!!

truly stunning... Good luck in the New Job..!

Nikki !
Scott_Scot 11 4 4 Scotland
21 Apr 2008 7:45PM
Well thought out and well executed!!!

Love the colour retained in the water, most miss the mark doing long exposures and get it too white. Well done Patrick and hope your move at work goes smoothly!

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 Apr 2008 7:59PM
Thanks for looking!

Yes Malcolm, I was going for the 3D effect with the light and where i put the arch in relation to the background. And with the long exposure too.

Well Nikki, GMT would be fine though my sunrise will be 14:30. I guess I could sleep in! I'm keeping Big Sur if the revolution comes...

I'll admit Scotty that my first attempt did blow out the water. So that is why I waited for a calm period, which in these rough waters does not happen very often or for very long.

Mjhearne 9 432 4 Scotland
21 Apr 2008 8:10PM
RockArea 10 18 3 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 8:30PM
This is another great one, Patrick and all the better for your story. Thanks also for the very helpful guide to making the best of long exposures.

Best wishes

21 Apr 2008 8:40PM
Fantastic shot.
tepot 12 4.4k United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 8:51PM
love the long exposure effect here Pat, i'm just a milky kind of
nice textures in the rocks too, pity there wasn't a bit more cloud around though, it's getting scarce in these parts now, will have to find something else to do for the summer.
the colour in the water and the fact you can see the bottom of the sea gives this a bit of a vertigo feel for me.
wamp 10 276 8 England
21 Apr 2008 8:57PM
Like the movement from the sky Patrick and the I do like your narratives and the way you're happy to post your techniques for us to learn from Smile

rangerpaul 9 19 7 England
21 Apr 2008 9:00PM
I really don't know what to say. It's one of the few images I've just stared in awe!
Don't need to say more than that I reckon.
martin.w 14 438 22 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 9:27PM
Looking forward to getting to the seaside in a few weeks after seeing this. Hope you not offline long Patrick.
chris-p Plus
11 65 England
21 Apr 2008 9:49PM
Clarity is superb..
LeighRebecca 9 267 10 England
21 Apr 2008 9:58PM
Amazing - beautiful water and wonderful colour and detail in the rocks.

21 Apr 2008 10:00PM
top shot of the day if not the week ,month , year.

Rgds Bob
Dotrob 10 Wales
21 Apr 2008 10:19PM
Well worth getting wet for, super detail in the rocks and great water movement. Hope you wont be away for long.
VintageRed 10 15 1 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2008 10:36PM
Certainly succeeded in your ambition to create a 3D rock - looks good Patrick.
thorn 12 124 2 Scotland
21 Apr 2008 11:40PM
Hi Patrick,
I'm no100.
Stunning misty,3d,gorgeous,superbly lit,rugged rocks and arch,i'm getting a crane in my neck looking at this shot.Amazing.
Good luck in your knew job,don't be away too long if your connections down we'll miss you.
Take care,AnnSmile
johnjrp 12 432 5 Australia
22 Apr 2008 5:05AM
Very nice Patrick. Like the texture of the rocks and the long exposure gives the water a nice texture. All the best. John
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
22 Apr 2008 6:14AM
Thanks for stopping by! I will squeeze in my EPZ'ing where I can.

David and Sean, if I notice anything, I try to remember it so that nobody will have to make the mistakes that I make!

Yes, Terry, I tried to give an impression of depth to the water here. And the clouds are evaporating quickly now. Not much left!

Paul, if you had seen me hanging onto the rock while trying to get this shot, you would have been laughing instead!

Martin, so you're migrating from the mountains to the sea? I looks forward to seeing what you find, once I get a chance.

LOL Ann, sorry about the neck!

And the best to you too John (johnjrp)

anpix 8 88 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 6:36AM
Lovely photo great colours
LisaRose 10 172 4 United States
22 Apr 2008 6:41AM
A fabulous image Patrick, the water and lighting on the rocks are amazing.

GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 7:34AM
Picture perfect Patrick, everything about it is spot on.
Hope you are not away for too long Smile

pfheyes 12 254 1 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 8:18AM
Hi Patrick,

I do like misty water effects as much as the next person, but I can't help feeling that this scene demands a faster shutter speed to catch the waves crashing on the rocks. I guess it's because the misty water evokes 'serenity' and the rocks evoke 'anything but serenity' (LOL). I think it's a bit of a mismatch in this context.

It's no reflection on the quality of the image nevertheless, and there is no faulting the technical execution of the shot.


EDIT: just read Keith's comment above (and your response) and I think we're all kind of on the same wavelength. Smile
mattw 12 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 12:04PM
Magnicificent location Patrick and interesting lighting. This is one I feel I can really 'step into'
22 Apr 2008 1:50PM
Great thought out shot

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
22 Apr 2008 3:15PM
Thanks for your comments and ideas!

Yes Pete, I always try to get a short and long exposure from each location. On this evening, only the long ones were looking good, and the tide was not exactly right for the kind of waves I wanted to see.

danbrann Plus
12 624 17
22 Apr 2008 5:37PM
Good one Patrick and thank for the short tutorial.Good luck with the new job location.
rmr 9 1 Wales
22 Apr 2008 7:20PM
a stunning image patrick ,the movement ,detail and light is superb
well done
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
22 Apr 2008 7:54PM

They said it all Smile

Thank you for always telling us what are your gadgets and how you shot your images. It help a lot most especially for the beginners like me.
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 9:03PM
Spot on and perfect!
Marilyn x
exposure Plus
12 3.8k England
22 Apr 2008 9:11PM
So beautiful, a brilliant exposure, beautiful tones
and a beautiful composition and a Great explanation on the exposure. I hope your move goes well, I love this place.
Moj_o 8 10 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2008 9:32PM

22 Apr 2008 10:57PM
Beautiful - love the contrasts with the sharpness & long exposure.
BillyGoatGruff 9 191 199 England
23 Apr 2008 9:50AM
Hi Patrick.
I have to echo the comments of Keithh and Peedeephoto on this one.
Technically excellent, but (and despite your derring-do to get the shot!) compositionally I think it isn't up to your usual standard. It lacks a certain "oomph" and the straight-on view feels a little "flat."
I think Pete's comment about the shutter speed is well made in this particular case - a sense of energy and movement seems to be demanded by this location.
I'd love to see what else you shot here. And, assuming I'm not dead, I look forward to the night shot. (Please try to not fall off any rocks and drown when you shoot it Smile )

I hope you're not out of touch for too long. Very remiss of your employers to not consider you when moving offices!

All the very best,
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
23 Apr 2008 2:11PM
Thanks for having a look around!

No problem Dennis. I've learned a lot here and I try to give it back where I can.

Yes Bill, this is one of 2 versions that I usually shoot from a location. One with a long exposure and one that is shorter with some good wave action. You will probably like the shorter one. We will see. lol about the moving comment!

Mari 13 1.8k Wales
23 Apr 2008 7:58PM
Hi Patrick, it looks so light but you managed to get 1second to slow down that water beautifully (but no pebbles in sight lol)

Hope your internet problems are few and you manage some quality epz time soon

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
23 Apr 2008 9:02PM
Thanks Mari, I hope you are right and there are few problems. LOL - Consider these to be very big pebbles and I got my shot!

MandsH 9 England
24 Apr 2008 8:20AM
This is stunning, deserves all the votes received
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2008 5:23PM
This certainly looks 3D Patrick. I hope you don't suffer too much from epz withdrawal symptoms.

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
25 Apr 2008 3:59AM
Thanks Mandy!

I don't know Nigel, I could not get into EPZ until 8pm my time. A whole day without EPZ? I'm getting the shakes and the sweats already!

25 Apr 2008 7:01AM
26 Apr 2008 2:29PM
Amazing capture,a well taken image.

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
27 Apr 2008 7:53PM
An interesting rock formation Patrick, the exposure, composition and detail in the rockface are all excellent. Well worth getting soaked to get this one!
jstock 8 2 Scotland
28 Apr 2008 12:15AM
Patrick - I'm blown away by this shot. Your attention to detail never ceases to amaze. I like the exposure treatment...
Cheers, Jon
chase 11 1.1k 246 England
28 Apr 2008 5:39PM
Lovin' that exposure time Patrick ! you have used it to great effect.
Well I don't see any imminent danger so I guess I have to let you off with the sarcastic comments on this one Wink
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
29 Apr 2008 3:59AM
Thanks for looking!

LOL Janet, long exposures can be decieving. You don't see the size of the waves here and how I had to stay put while they raced by! I did get nailed after this one and gave it up for the night.

ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
29 Apr 2008 7:00PM
So much invaluable information in your description, Patrick - thanks so much Smile Your pics are not only inspiring and awesome but we learn a lot!

PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
30 Apr 2008 2:23PM
Thanks Andrew!

I'll probably be away from EPZ for at least another week or two so I'll catch up then.

scott_jessuk 10 249 1 Scotland
3 May 2008 6:58PM
Very nice mate.

tmann 11 4 2 United States
6 May 2008 2:50PM
Stunning as always Mr. Grand Poobah!
Great Photo!
Hanners Plus
10 875 10 Ireland
6 May 2008 5:12PM
just to round it off... Wink Don't know how I missed this Patrick, famn fine shot Smile
mikears 12 89 Canada
12 May 2008 3:33PM
I see you're up to your usual (fantastic) tricks!! Very nice shot - this and all the other's that I've missed.

49er 10 564
12 May 2008 3:44PM
Arh another cracker.. Not much more to say.. I like it a lot...

( back to the land of the living after India ) Wink
vparmar 12 7 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 8:26AM
yet another stunning shot Patrick - well captured

tce5 12 61 United Kingdom
15 May 2008 11:37PM
Hi Patrick
Am back after along time away. I saw this arch when going up the Big Sur, when coming back when the light was better I couldn't find it. You have done a brilliant job, this is an exceptional shot.
PLCimagery 10 77 1 England
16 May 2008 7:03AM
Just lovely
cameragirl 12 43 United Kingdom
20 May 2008 8:54AM
Always great to return and see a stunning portfolio of landscapes! Keep up the great work Patrick! Smile
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
21 May 2008 5:16AM
Thanks for stopping by! Sorry I have not been stopping by myself. I still have no internet access at work and I'm landscaping my back yard in the evenings, so it will be a few weeks before I return. I have EPZ withdrawl symptoms

MikeA 11 1.3k England
27 May 2008 7:11PM
Super image Patrick, the 3-D works but may be enhanced if the shoreline rocks were thrown out focus a little maybe?
28 May 2008 6:03PM
Great scene Patrick, love the roughness of the rocks, and the colours, you've created beautiful atmosphere, fine image, Adrian
SRSmith 9 1 United States
31 May 2008 6:04AM
Recently I've been experimenting with Neat Image, a free noise reduction program. More often than not, I use it to give me that creamy , ultra-smooth background a 9 blade aperture imparts. I could see it doing just the bit extra for your water here, not that your work isn't sensational already.
Where've ya been, P......?

Another Awesome shot......Yep!

Have a great weekend,
Suz Smile
Hugeknot 11 1.2k 2 Iceland
1 Jun 2008 2:09PM
Lovely long exposure!
Goggz 9 2.3k 72 Wales
2 Jun 2008 9:08PM

Quote:Also, on long exposure shots like this, wait for the ocean to calm down so that colour comes through and it is not so white that the water blows out from being too bright.
Good tip! Thanks Smile

And a lovely shot too!
Cheers, Goggz

Time to wake up in California.....Smile
tripodted 11 31 1 Northern Ireland
9 Jul 2008 11:46PM
Another cracker, Patrick. Sorry to hear you don't get on EPZ to much at the moment. I know how you feel.
25 Jul 2008 7:49PM
Don't know how I missed this one, sorry.
Superb as ever. Annette
PatrickSmith 11 1.2k 2 United States
31 Jul 2008 5:51PM
Thanks for stopping by for a look! I'm still really busy but I'll be back in September with some new stuff including some from Maui.

A narrow DOF Mike? Perhaps. I'd have to experiment, though I could do it a bit in PS.

True Steve (Ameythst_Imagery), there are lots fo ways to go with the smoothing. I'll have to check out that program.

Well Megzie, I've been so busy that I've had no time to be here, and the daytime connection I used to use is very slow now. And then I got a Border Collie, who is totally insane and needs 2+ hours of intense running per day. I'm fine though but overworked so a nice trip to Maui is in the offing!

Thanks Ted.

I snuck it by you Annette!

Wow stunning image.. Excellent detail

georg Plus
11 4 South Africa
26 Aug 2008 3:07PM
Sorry for not always commenting on the photos. Here at Qatar Airways they believe a pilot should fly maximum hours. I would love more time on ePz and making comments. Sometimes I do, mostly I don't. All depends on the time I have. Have a splendid day!
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
1 Sep 2008 6:49PM
love it
keithh Plus
12 25.1k 33 Wallis And Futuna
18 Sep 2008 6:14PM
i like the look of this place Smile
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
30 Sep 2008 10:16PM
Very beautiful rocks nestling in a dreamy cloud .
tg 12 86 Scotland
25 Oct 2008 10:42AM
They just keep coming mate. Your portfolio is amazing. Keep up the good work.

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