This little cove is one of many dozens of lesser-known and hard to reach places along the Bug Sur coast. It is heavily guarded by steep cliffs, and lots of poison oak, which produces a bad skin rash to those that are allergic to the oils in the leaves and stems. So I make sure to wash off with lots of soap and water when I get back. Especially since I wear shorts and water shoes and the leaves can directly touch the skin. Still it is well worth the dangers to get here.
For me, long exposures work best when you have visually striking features that you wish to isolate and show off. So when I saw these
colorful boulders and how they contrast with the sand and the different rock behind them, I knew to wait for the light to drop off so I could
do a long exposure. The trick is to wait for a time when the water level is just high enough for the water to be between the rocks but not be
completely covering them for very long. If the water is over the rocks for more than 10 second in a 60-second exposure the rocks get too
soft. Also, I wait for periods in between big sets of waves. Smoother water (compared to 10 ft. waves) look better on long exposures.
So, even on a 1+ minute exposure, timing is still important. Also, wait for the clouds to be streaking across the sky for that surreal effect.