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Copyright © 2016 Deborah M. Zajac

I had the pleasure of joining a favorite Meet-Up group at Martin’s Beach near Half Moon Bay Saturday evening. The waves were amazing. They crashed against the rocks with fantastic booms, and they made cracking sounds as they came rushing toward the shore. I’d never heard that before. It was like ice cracking. Have you heard that sound in the ocean before?
The waves were higher than I expected;  I got soaked up to mid calf. My high top hiking boots, socks, long underwear and pants were soaked.
I took off my boots and socks and spent the rest of the shoot barefoot. I should have taken my Wellies! I was quick to get my camera/tripod rig up above my knees more than once during our time here. 🙂

The atmosphere was incredible while we were there. When we arrived the sun was hidden behind thick clouds, but trying so hard to burn a hole through them, then the fog rolled in, bringing more wind, and a light rain of sand and spray. It was take a shot, clean the lens, cover the camera, and lens, take a shot, clean the lens over and over again.  Then about 20 minutes later the fog mostly cleared out leaving a thin layer of damp and mist in the air.

This was taken right before the sun set completely. I was hoping for more color, but I won’t complain. It was beautiful, and really nice to hang out with friends I hadn’t seen in awhile.


Sunset Martin's Beach Half Moon Bay

I got my tripod in the shower and cleaned off straight-away, but I’m off now to clean my filter, lens, and probably my sensor since I have more spots of dust I’m cloning out than I like.

I hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday!

Nikon Df| Nikkor 24-70mm| Tripod|B+W 6 Stop Neutral Density Filter| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015, LR CC, On1 Photo 10

More to come…



  1. Woo, this is a transportive, breathtaking scene!

  2. Both versions are fantastic, Deborah. The light in this image is gorgeous!

  3. Hm, hard to choose between the black and white and this one! But then, I don’t have to:) No, not more color – it’s beautiful like it is, this subtle golden light.

  4. Sweet sunset, I need to get out near water more!

  5. Sounds like a fun day! I really love the soft colors in this shot.

  6. I wish I was standing there with you! Beautiful!

  7. A golden moment… absolutely stunning!

  8. Gorgeous, Deborah! And nice to meet up with friends for the shooting! 🙂

  9. No words to describe this one!

  10. although you were hoping for more color, i think this captures the brilliance of nature in what might be considered more muted. There is an intriguing mix of serenity and melancholy.

  11. Looks and sounds magical Deborah. 🙂

  12. Very pretty.

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  1. […] For Leanne Cole’s MM2 this week I present another image from last Saturday’s photography adventure at Martin’s Beach with one of my favorite Meet-Up groups which I talked about and shared the sunset image here. […]

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