Another unveil of the bowling ball rocks on the namesake beach. Processed in both black and white and in color, each photograph conveys a different mood.
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One of the difficult aspects of photographing here is that while lined up rather decently, the rows of bowling balls rocks are not easy to place in a good composition, at least for me. Having lines of rocks in a row without water surround them is plain boring to me. To have water around the rows of rocks is not an easy task either. Timing will be approximately +/- 1 hour of low tide while likely standing in knee deep water while trying to keep the incoming waves from either splashing the camera, moving the tripod, or shifting the sand underneath the tripod and thus also moving the tripod. Let’s just say, I was not going to those lengths this time around.
So what’s the next best option? Isolating single rocks or groups of rocks while employing a multi-stop neutral density filter to induce long exposures, resulting in the ethereal foggy water effect. With a cloudless and relatively fog bank free sky this particular afternoon, I opted to exclude the sky entirely from the composition. I would have preferred to include cloud/fog movement, but it was not meant to be.
Word of advice? Never step on the green seaweed on top of the rocks if you can help it. Even on a relatively flat surface, people are taking baby steps to avoid falling. On round rocks, you are guaranteed to fall 100% of the time!
Previous posts from Bowling Ball Beach:
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 100, 49 sec, f/13
Bowling Balls, Waves, Algae. Bowling Ball Beach, Point Arena, California. September 1, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.