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My Mendocino #1

My Mendocino #1
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1977-10
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Pentax K1000, Pentax 28mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mendocino coast [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-26 6:34
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Long before we thought of building our own wilderness cabin and looking back onto our 1st dream whilst living in Ohio, we finally made a big move to Mendocino County California in 1971. Mendocino was a sleepy old hippie village back then. There were not tourists nor big city crows. Buildings were olden from the turn of the 20th century. It was here that my photography turned from editorial/news, slowly to landscape.

This image was taken on a Pentax K1000 with a 28mm lens. If anyone has pictures of the mighty Pacific Coast, I do. I not only took images in colour film, I developed them. Now....I scan them. This is really a first with my new computer, monitor and PP Software.

Image was taken looking NNE from Todd's Point overlooking Noyo Harbour entrance. I am standing 100 feet above sea level on the bluffs which drop straight down to the rocky shore. This click was time to catch the waves as they hit the first large rocks coming in. The Pacific ocean is not very calm or pacified. It is huge and it's strength is many times measure on the Richter Scale. I have hundreds of image, this one taken at 7am as the sun arose in the east. Prepare yourselves. I lived there over 20 years and I did nothing but photography!

Pentax K1000
Ashahi 28mm 1.2
Hand held
Kodak Film ISO 100

PaulH, LordPotty, cataclysta, sranjan, lousat, RII, jaycee, meyerd, gracious, nglen, jusninasirun, tuslaw, Dis. Ac., tkp1165, goldyrs, Argus, techranger has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-08-26 6:55]

Hi Bob,
hard to believe that this moment happened over thirty years ago...i was nearing my second birthday when you were stood here admiring natures power!
Anyway, the light and energy in this one exposure is beautiful. The wave is perfectly positioned and the detail in the foam is great too...i'm a bit keen on the odd seascape myself too y'know ;o)
Looking forward to more!

Hi Bob,
Now there's a coincidence ... I just posted a shot in the same vein as this one on TL
(see it Here )
I love this sort of shot,and you've dunned it real good.
Very nice buddy.
Potty Esq.
(ps ... I'm nearly better now)

Hello Bob
Fantastic mood. Great light, fantastic dynamic seascape. Good exposure, beautiful colors I like it very much
Best wishes

Hi Bob,
Grand capture of the breaking waves on the sea shore & over the rocks. A mist created by them is quite obvious in the air against the sunshine. TFS.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-08-26 11:04]

Hi Bob.

Great capture in stronger moment, good exposure,light and composition.Good note.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-26 11:34]

Hi Bob,

Hard to imagine you living in a hippie village :-) It is amazing that this was taken so long ago and scanned so perfectly. You timed this just perfectly as the wave hit the rock. I'm wondering how high the spray was. I'm looking forward to seeing 20 years of these.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2008-08-26 12:39]

Hi Bob,
I prepare myself with pleasure for more of the same to come! Great photography, excellent scanning.
Best regards

Hello Bob,
Now I see some beautiful coastal scenery from Mendocino coast!
I loved the colour and light in this image with the powerful waves onto the rocks, I can hear the roar from the sea by just looking at the image!
many thanks for the sharing
take care

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-26 13:10]

Hi Bob. Now this is some seascape . the sea looks so wild . you have captured this so well with fine detail. The water looks like its boiling with anger. well done TFS.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-26 13:30]

I live on the Pacific Ocean - maybe our waves have met!!!

What a beautiful seascape Bob. It looks a rough morning and those rocks must be getting pounded by the waves.

What I like about the coastline - all the photos are so different. No wave seems to hit the rocks the same way.

Good to see this - thank you

I love the raw power here, Bob. The waves caught before they slam onto the rocks or ashore. There's something about this that really draws me in; like another photo that I critiqued earlier, this is filled with emotion.

There's anticipation, excitement, fear, strength, and beauty all mingled together. There are so many human emotions captured in this photo, and as I mentioned earlier (in another posting), I don't see that often.

Perhaps I see things differently; I look not only with my eyes, but after viewing an image, I close my eyes and allow the effects of the image to touch my heart - and that's how I interpret the many emotions.

This is a spectacular capture - everything nature is - and has yet to be.

Also, I laugh because having grown up in Riverside, CA., I know the area where this was taken, although it's a distant (literally and figuratively) memory. :-)

Also, thank you for your kind words regarding my dragon. :-)

Hello Bob. I used to own this rock solid equipment. Excellent sharpness with this f/1.2 fast optics. I like the light, the framing and the splash. Well timed capture and good job with the new scanner and software. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-26 18:59]
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Nice capture Bob.
I can almost feel the spray from the crashing waters hit me in the face. This reminds me of Lake Erie on a really windy day, even the water color seems the same.
Funny you took this with a Pentax K1000, I have two of them with all kinds of attachments and lenses, but they just sit on the shelf these days.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-08-26 20:25]

You a very good eye! I just love your old shots, this one is very nicely composedand shot at the right moment, well done, thanks!


Hi Bob,

fascination shot from the coast.
I like the soft colors.
If this is a scan, I could'nt see it.
I have heard about Mendocino from that song from the douglas quintet with Dough Sam.


Hi Bob
Wonderful seascape with the breaking waves. Great job of showing the power of the wave. Great exposure and sharpness in nice lighting. Very nice photo.

I was two years old when you clicked this shot, Bob! What a lovely shot!I never knew scannig could get this good!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-27 1:26]

Hi Bob,now you confirme that you was (and are) a great photographer! Take so perfectly the thsi moment whit the analog camera wasn't easy like now whit the digital! Excellent pic,my best compliments for you work from analog to digital,excellents sharpness and colors,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao bob, fascinating view with splendid vawes, great timing for a splendid composition, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-27 4:51]

Portrait of a pacific roller by a young photographer! At least almost anyone alive now was young thirty years ago.
Your talent was evident then: the lighting, the timing and the composition, which makes it a great one from your extensive archives, Bob.
I didn't see the Pacific look like this when I was there before this was taken.

Mood is great here Bob... speaks of the power of the sea. Lighting enhances the mood nicely. Interesting notes as usual... :) TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-08-27 13:06]

What a fantastic image, Bob!
You've captured the power of the ocean so well here.
Excellent timing and exposure.
I love the slight sepia tint to it, it gives a sense of it's age :-)

Fine work Bob, looking forward to more!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-27 21:41]

Hello Bob, Wonderful scenario. Lovely waves shot and the water spilling out. Excellent frame work and great sharpness. Ganesh

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