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The California Coastline

California Coastline Coastal Vista, California 1996

Looking north from the lighthouse near Drake's Bay (just north of San Francisco), miles of breakers march up the shoreline.  Only a few miles further north of here the coastline becomes mountainous and the character of the coastline changes dramatically.

Taken with a Mamiya 645 and 300mm f/5.6 lens on Provia 100.

Mirrored Lake Mirrored Lake — CA, 1996

Driving inland from the coast toward Petaluma the fog that morning was so thick that any thought of photography was far from my mind.  But, within a few miles the fog began to quickly dissipate and I came across this perfectly still lake and receding fog.  Moments after this exposure the fog had completely dissipated. Sometimes life is wonderful.

This image is not a digital manipulation. 

Taken with a Mamiya 645 and 55mm f/2.8 lens on Provia 100.

Mossy Green Pond - Sea Ranch Mossy Green Tidal Pool — Sea Ranch, CA 1996

The rocky cliffs near The Sea Ranch provide pleasure for naturalists and photographers alike.  Bring a polarizing filter because the reflections from tide pools can be tricky.

Taken with a Mamiya 645 and 35mm f/3.5 lens on Provia 100.

Foggy Sunset Ñ Sea Ranch, CA 1995

We had rented a house at The Sea Ranch in late summer and were having an early dinner indoors. The day had been very overcast and foggy. I'd hoped to get out to wander the sea cliffs with my camera but it had been so bleak that my cameras had remained untouched.

We all were startled as a strange purple glow filled our dining room. We rushed into the deck facing the ocean and saw this incredible scene Ñ the sun just setting through a lifting fog bank. I rushed back into the house, grabbed my Nikon F4 with 70~210 zoom and was able to take a few frames before the fog closed in again and the sun was obscured once more.

This is how the scene was recorded on film. There is no digital or other manipulation whatsoever.

Sea Ranch Puffs and Cliff Puffs & Cliff — The Sea Ranch, 1995

I've walked the cliffs at The Sea Ranch a hundred times and every time have discovered something different.  An ideal vacation for a photographer and his/her family is to rent one of the houses in the meadows at the Sea Ranch, located on the California Coast just a few hours north of San Francisco.   Magnificent sunrises and sunsets are combined with coastal fog, sea lions, whales watching, tide pools and more dramatic nature than you can shake a lens at.

Among the rental agencies that we have used are Rams Head Rentals.  There are several others and a web search will quickly turn them up.

Taken with a Nikon F4 and 60mm f2.8 Micro Nikkor

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