Sunrise on Drakes Beach


Point Reyes National Seashore is situated on a triangle shaped peninsula located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. There are many unique subjects and scenes just waiting to be photographed including historic ranches, exciting beaches (including Drakes Beach), cliffs, hiking trails, a working lighthouse, and wildlife along with various flora and fauna.

Point Reyes National Seashore is an hour and half drive from my home in Sonoma, Ca. This particular Sunday morning in October 2015, I arrived at Drakes Beach about an hour before sunrise. I wanted to catch the beautiful light that happens prior to the sun peeking over the horizon and lighting up the cliffs. When I arrived, the fog over the hills to the east that morning presented both a problem and an opportunity. Problem: no color in the sky and no sun reflecting off the waves and cliffs behind me. Opportunity: Long exposures, no hassling with ND filters and more time to work with beautiful lighting without the harsh sunlight.

The scene before me was so beautiful and peaceful, I knew the fog was my friend. I took a long exposure to soften the waves, but not so long as to completely blur them making them almost unrecognizable. I used my Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens set at 42mm, f/3.2 for 6 seconds. I exposed this as a color image and did minor adjustments in Lightroom and Photoshop before taking it into Nik Silver Efex Pro and converting it to monochromatic.

This image is one of my favorite as when I look into the image, I can still feel the enjoyment, beauty and peacefulness I felt that morning.

Date Added
August 9, 2016
Date Taken
October 10, 2015