It was a great day. And then it wasn’t.
Ironically it fell on my birthday. It was the third straight birthday that have started great and ended badly.
Even though the weekend this photograph was taken ended on a low note, I do have these and many more that evoke the good memories of that time. For me it has always been important to keep photographs, even ones other people might have deleted because of the backstory. As time passes and memories fade, the fidelity of our details of people, places, and thoughts become compressed. It is a bit difficult to assess yourself when the details are a blur, or worse yet, inaccurate. When I go through my photography archive, the images are a snapshot of my personal timeline. I can remember some surprising minute details that I may have shelved away in my mind, never to be thought about again.
Here I can remember we had just stopped before the town of Jenner at an overlook of the Russian River. Hundreds of Harbor Seals and pups were resting on the estuary sandbar. There was some idiot with a small dog that was off-leash and far too close to the seals. After a few photographs, we got back into the car, drove south on Hwy 1. After deciding too late to stop after seeing the sign for Goat Rock, we took the next side road, parked, and headed on the trail overlooking Furlong Gulch. I was trying to compose shots of the sea stacks, eventually taking a series of shots of splash caused by the incoming waves hitting a particular sea stack. As we drive away, there is this amazing house across the street which must have fantastic views of the Pacific.
Google street maps image of the house: HERE
Processing Notes: A quick processing job that was initially going to end up as monochrome/B&W photograph. What ended up happening was I began to like to golden shimmer of the ocean. There were some minor contrast adjustments to the sky using the graduated filter function in Lightroom. Another graduated filter adjustment was made to the area below the second sea stack, decreasing sharpness. This second adjustment is to give a hint of tilt-shift effect and provide an additional subtle sense of depth.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 122mm, f/8, 1/2000 sec
Jenner (CA), Sea Stacks Silhouette, Late Afternoon, Golden Sea. Furlong Gulch, Sonoma Coast State Park State Beach, Jenner, CA. June 29, 2015. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.