Canon EOS 5D II; Canon EF 16-35mm @ 16mm; Gitzo tripod; RRS BH-55; RAW capture: f/16 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 400; Auto exposure, AV mode; Centerweighted-average metering; Auto WB
Cool, cloudy, but bright morning at Navarro Beach. This is one of many wonderful but lesser-known California beaches accessible from Highway 1, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). I have driven the length of the PCH countless times and I continue to find more of these secluded gems each time I make the trip. Some, but not all, present a substantial challenge to get to a good photographic point of view. One must always be careful about rising tides and rogue waves when in these environments.
With the shallow angle of the beach I waited for the low waves to approach and captured them as they stretched as far up the sand as possible, before the front edge became obscured by the rugged extension of the bluff. This approach also allowed me to capture the bubbles and foam generated by the waves to create visual taxture. If one waits for the wave to retreat the sand will be wet and reflective, but the surface of the water will retain few bubbles.