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A large storm cleared out right at sunset on this beach south of Monterey. That stirred up some large waves and good cloud formations. I waited for over a year for these conditions with a medium tide and finally it all came together. Low tide cuts off the waves and high tide does not show the interesting cobblestones on the beach.  Once the conditions were right, it came down to capturing the waves at their most dramatic moment.  One moment (shown here) occurred as the waves struck the sea stacks.  Another happened as the waves hit the cliffs behind.  I made sure to capture both moments.  Here, a 1/5 second exposure was enough to show movement in the fast moving water, while retaining detail in the slower moving water in the foreground.  Too bad photographs cannot capture sound as an extra element.  The cobblestones made quite an impressive sound as they rolled around in the large surf.

A large storm cleared out right at sunset on this beach south of Monterey. That stirred up some large waves and good cloud formations. I waited for over a year for these conditions with a medium tide and finally it all came together. Low tide cuts off the waves and high tide does not show the interesting cobblestones on the beach. Once the conditions were right, it came down to capturing the waves at their most dramatic moment. One moment (shown here) occurred as the waves struck the sea stacks. Another happened as the waves hit the cliffs behind. I made sure to capture both moments. Here, a 1/5 second exposure was enough to show movement in the fast moving water, while retaining detail in the slower moving water in the foreground. Too bad photographs cannot capture sound as an extra element. The cobblestones made quite an impressive sound as they rolled around in the large surf.

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