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Drake's Bay Sunrise, Point Reyes, California

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 8 May 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is an old favorite, taken with my first digital SLR, a Canon 10D. It's a great illustration of how the camera and the eye see the world differently. Though I could see detail in the hills across the bay, I had to choose between the hills and the color in the dawn sky. A 1/3 second exposure put just the right motion blur in the waves.

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Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful shot

8 May 2009 5:43am

mats from Texas, United States


8 May 2009 5:57am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful ocean shot.

8 May 2009 6:39am

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

Wow this is stunning, love the processing

8 May 2009 6:58am

Moridi from Tehran, Iran

Very good landscape shot.
Thank you.

8 May 2009 7:19am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Gary, had a quick peak at your work, beautiful and inspiring to say the least, this one being no exception.

Love the horizontal elements that combine to make a very nice composition, love the water

8 May 2009 7:58am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

WOW, nothing short of amazing

8 May 2009 9:30am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Love the motion of the water here! I really get a sense of the power of the waves at 1/3 sec. I like the fact that I can't see the detail in the hills, it might take some of my attention away from the water, and it allows me to see the mist from the water too. Thanks, Gary, your work is always an inspiration!

8 May 2009 1:05pm

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

truly remarkable. thanks for sharing again Gary.

8 May 2009 2:09pm

Luis Ameller from Menorca, Spain

Beautiful, love the motion and the sunset!

8 May 2009 3:44pm

Jen from St. George, United States

I love the balance of the cool tones in the water against the warm tones in the sky. It's very inviting. The blur on the waves is just perfect! And I have to agree with Tracy - the details on the hills might just be a distraction if they were visible. Great photo!

8 May 2009 5:04pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, USA, United States

amazing work -- so fluid, so subtle... a faaabulous light and mood!!

8 May 2009 5:23pm

Tony Duque from Raleigh, United States

That's an absolutely wonderful shot, Gary! Easy to see why it's one of your favs. I'm betting that one of these days, cameras will have effective, on-board HDR capabilities, enabling the capture of precisely what the eye saw. I know the problem well... having to choose like that. How very cool that in this instance you got both the very interesting watery foreground and the excellent morning sky. Thanks for sharing your terrific picture with us!!

8 May 2009 10:14pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


8 May 2009 10:16pm

Jhani from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

amazin shot ... unbeliveable

9 May 2009 3:38am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful photo! the light and colours are amazing but it is the way you have captured the motion of the waves that makes this shot for me - great stuff!

9 May 2009 3:12pm

Bill Jennings from Bay Area Northern Calif, United States

a great example of how the photographer makes the photo, not the camera! Even though the 10D was a solid first DSLR: you made it sing like a masterful image maker. I am consistently impressed by your quality of shots.

10 May 2009 7:32am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

I am so happy to see your great photographs...Every post is just better than the previous one...This one is a piece of art. Right exposure to catch the great waves and the background is just the perfect one...

3 Jun 2009 5:56am

@dkc: Thank you for your kind words, Dimitris.