DLWS Santa Rosa Starts out on the Coast

The first official shoot for DLWS Santa Rosa started along the Pacific Coast line. We were out along Spud Point watching the waves come in and crash against the rocks. Sunrise was nothing spectacular by any means of the imagination but it was nice to have some color as opposed to the expected grey skies. We basically had a 180 degree view of the ocean, behind us was of course the California hillside. Towards one end we had a beautiful bay with some nice light. Down the other end was a beautiful bay with many options for black and white.

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Waves on rocks are a no brainier when it comes to doing black and whites. The challenge is getting the wave at the peak of action getting the best possible wave against the rock. I’m certainly no expert, living in the mountains where there are no waves doesn’t help either. While I was out this morning I had the 70-200 out and was looking around, watching the waves as they came in trying to get those shots. As you can see above there weren’t too many great big waves, but it definitely wasn’t a flat morning. Thankfully there will be more chances to come.

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We left the cliff side and headed just down the road to the local Bordega Bay Marina, where we started working the docks One of the challenges was of course that the docks were closed to anyone that didn’t have a boat there, but thanks to the power of long glass and a little creativity, it wasn’t hard to find subjects. The one boat that stood out to me the most was “Nancy.” Nancy was parked in between docks with no other boats around here, the light on the water and the pier had a lot of contrast so that it made for some easy black and whites.

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Images captured with Nikon D3, AF-S 14-24, AF-S 70-200 VRII, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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