A first-summer Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) scavenging on the beach of Spooner's Cove in MontaÃ±a de Oro State Park in Los Osos, CA. â€¢ My first visit to this area resulted in getting some very unexpected shots. Many photographers from Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo frequent this state park for some wonderful sunset/sunrise landscape shotsâ€”specializing in long exposures and unique rock structures. â€¢ After arriving at sunrise to find a thick layer of fog, I attempted to shoot a few long exposures using a small aperture and a circular polarizer, as I do not own a neutral density filter. More than an hour of shooting at various locations right around this area, I turn to find this gull yanking the meat out of something. Switching lenses, I plopped myself onto the pebbly beach to see if I could capture the action. â€¢ My intent was to get as many shots as I could, move as close as I couldâ€”while still telling the story within the frameâ€”then getting up to the gull to scare it off so I could try to see what it was picking at to intently. I failed. The sun began to peek out, allowing some otherwise bland areas to gain some depth. It wasn't until I was in the car, heading towards my next shooting location in town, when I realized that I had not gone to see what the gull was feeding on. â€¢ The heavy fog ended up being a blessing for this shot. Minus 1/3 exposure compensation added with the wet pebbles on the beach allowed for a rich photograph.