Shark Fin Cove, Santa Cruz, CA.
Nice couple days on the coast last weekend. All the times I've been to Santa Cruz, I've never explored the beaches north of town. Not sure where I was at most of the time, but figured it out after the fact. I wanted to take a longer exposure here, but was getting pounded by the wind on the bluff top, and couldn't keep the tripod steady enough. I like this one with the lone person on the beach for scale. Cheers, Steve
10 FUN THINGS TO DO IN SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz is a small town but there is a lot to do, especially if you love nature and the ocean. Get active with hiking, surfing and mountain biking or go hedonistic eating, drinking and shopping. There are many fun things to do in Santa Cruz, places to eat and areas like West Cliff Drive, Downtown and Capitola to explore.
SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK | BITS OF PRETTY
<<< PHOTO PRINTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE! >>> i thought i would give you a break from all of my wordy posts and share some photos i have been hoarding since august. if you are ever in northern california in the summer, you should definitely pay the boardwalk a visit.
"The Arch" Location: Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California. [Map/GPS] Here is my first picture of the Natural Bridges State Beach that was shot this year. I have made several images of this iconic arch and each of those has been challenging to pull off. Today was no different. I setup my camera and waited for the good light but too many people were walking in front of the camera. After about 10 minutes of waiting I finally got a good view of the arch. The sunset was happening at the same time and colors were just perfect. Tech Info: Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L at 19mm Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II Exposure: 0, +1 and +2EV for a manual HDR image. Filters: LEE ND Grads 0.6 (2-stop) and 0.9 (3-stop) soft edge filters rotated slightly to cover sky on the right side Post Processing: Manual HDR is essentially manually blending multiple images to obtain desired tonality and dynamic range in an image. It is fairly easy to do in PhotoShop. Naturally formed bridges along the coastline of California are truly works of art by the erosive forces of water and wind. One of the best natural bridge exists on the aptly named Natural Bridges State Beach at Santa Cruz. These bridges form because crashing waves converge at a point and slowly erode away the rock creating a passageway. The erosion eventually destroys the bridge but new ones keep forming over a geologic time span of hundreds and thousands of years. In that sense these are transients, and like everything else that is beautiful in nature, these exist only for a short time... Go see them today!