The sea cave can be found about 8 miles south of Carmel California on Highway 1 going south. It is the fifth turn out in Garrapata State Park.
This is the second image of the sea cave that I entered in this contest. I liked both of them but this time I was able get the sun setting.
This is a photograph of a sea cave in Garrapata State Park in Big Sur California. It is about 5 miles south of Carmel California on Highway 1. The cave is not easy to get to and requires some patience and skill . You first have to scale down a 100 ft. 70 degree vertical drop to get to the ocean level. Then you have to carefully make your way along the coast scaling rock and traversing 20 feet through the ocean that can sometimes be waist high. You then have to walk along a cliff bracing yourself against the ground on the opposite side. The ground is dotted with poison oak and is infested with ticks. The name Garrapata means tick in Spanish. But once there it is such great place to hang out and take photos. I was lucky this evening to get a wonderful sunset with the sun shining straight through the opening.
This photograph is two images blended together. One exposure was for the sky at 1/8 second at f/16 at ISO 100 and the other for the cave at 2.0 seconds at f/16 at ISO 100. The two images were imported into Photoshop CC 2018 and were blended together by using luminosity masks. I then created layer masks for the different areas of the photograph and adjusted contrast, brightness and color I then added a gradient layer to give the sun more shine. Once done it was processed in Lightroom. In Lightroom I adjusted the contrast and color balance and set the white and black points. Then I increased the saturation for the yellows, reds and blues. I then sharpened the image and added a slight vignette. It was made with a Sony A7RII and 16-25mm F/16 Sony GM Lens.