Sand Pattern, Paw Prints, Plants

Morro Rock Beach, Morro Bay, CA

A somewhat abstract photograph for today’s post after 3 days of seascapes from Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur.  Usually I’m alone when on a photography trip.  Either I bore the person I’m with since I can spend a very long time in one spot or I’m annoyed that they keep wanting to hike or explore further.

On this particular trip up the Pacific Coast to get home, I have my dog with me.  It’s a new experience for both me and him to tote him along.  He seemed to enjoy his first trip to the beach a few days prior so he’d be happy to stretch his legs and walk around.

The wind is constant at Morro Rock Beach and causes these sand patterns you see so often at sand dunes.  On the walk back to the car after a round of him sniffing seaweed and me pulling him away from sniffing the occasional dead seagull, I noticed the paw prints he was leaving in the sand patterns.  With him patiently sitting off-camera even though the wind and sand was blowing in his face, I snapped a couple of compositions.

In post processing, I brought the photograph from Adobe Lightroom into Silver EFex Pro for final edits.  Normally after I take a photo into Silver EFex, the result is a B&W photo, but I somehow liked maintaining the beige sand color.

The alternate B&W version would look like this:

Morro Rock Beach, Morro Bay, CA - B&W version

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 28mm, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, f/11

Sand Pattern, Paw Prints, Plants.  Morro Rock Beach, Morro Bay, California. December 30, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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