Santa Cruz is 70 miles south of San Francisco. It's a beach town and surfing mecca, and it's surrounded by beautiful beaches just outside the city limits. Four Mile Beach is a popular surfing spot and a great beach all around. At dawn, it's magical.
A four second exposure, f/8 at ISO 1600.
I took this photo just before sunrise in Santa Cruz a couple of years ago. I was never happy the tonal balance in the shot and kept coming back to it. This photo helped me more fully appreciate the "less is more" approach to post processing. This was taken at Four Mile Beach-the city of Santa Cruz is beyond the cliffs and sea stack at the top of the photo.