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The Golden Coast

The Golden Coast
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-30
Categories: Seascape, Mountain, Ocean
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/450 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Two [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-11 4:06
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Points: 41
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A special shot for one of TrekNature's Seascape Artists

A return to the coast of California for today, and another bit of natural history/geography trivia:

The El Niño events of 1997-1998 caused havoc along this stretch of the California coastline. Winter storms here usually bring low air pressure, high rainfall, and strong winds. The lower atmospheric pressure permits ocean water to expand. The storms associated with an El Niño year can cause the sea level to be as much as ten inches (25 centimetres) higher. This results in much larger portions of the shoreline being under water, with the waves pounding at areas much further inland, tearing away land that is closer to sea level and changing the face of the coast.

In addition, the higher rainfall levels wash away stretches of land from higher up the mountains. The consequences include sections of land and vegetation washed away, highways undermined and collapsing, or vanishing under mud and rock slides.

All of that washed out earth comes to rest in new places. The beaches you see here did not exist before the 97-98 El Niño, a fact born up by photos of the McWay Waterfall not visible in this image. Before El Niño, the waterfall was a popular photography subject because it fell directly into the ocean. Now it falls onto a sandy beach instead.

This is truly dynamic bit of country, and one that is relatively unsettled since it is as unforgiving as it is beautiful. The few folks that have chosen to make their home along this stretch of America's famous Highway 1 are not the stereotypical laid-back Californians of further north or much further south. They are a spare proud that I came to admire greatly (and fear a little) during my brief association with them.

Tech question for anyone who can help: When I adjusted the levels for this image, the morning mist along the edges of the slopes showed up more clearly as a disconcerting "halo." If you have any suggestions for eliminating that and/or would care to try to do so in a workshop, I'd be most grateful.

Thanks for looking and have a wonder - full day.

PaulH, ramthakur, eqshannon, vanderschelden, gracious, pablominto, jmirah, nainnain, pierrefonds, angybone, parthasarathi, hester, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To arfer: One of these days!Silke 1 09-12 13:53
To marioana: no dodging -- morning mist!Silke 2 09-11 20:30
To SunToucher: Good!eqshannon 4 09-11 19:13
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Hi Silke,
What a wonderful view. I am currently reading the autobiography of Ansel Adams. With this photo I am slowly starting to understand his love for the CA coast. I like the composition where the curved seashore takes me further and further into the photo. The lihgting is very wonderful and gave you some lovely warm colors. Do watch out for the horizon, is has a small tilt to the left. In regards of your PP work, you might want to try to zoom in more and use a smaller brush along the edges.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-11 4:43]

Hi Silke,
a very dramatic looking coastline that i bet is amazing to see when the weather is not as great as you have caught it here. Very nice warm light and lovely colour to the sea and a compositoon that has great depth..as Niek's eagle eyes have already spotted, there is a slight tilt. (i didn't really notice until he mentioned it!!)
I wish i was there..

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-09-11 5:33]

Hello Silke,
Great landscape, very good light, POV and colours.

Very good selection of land and water within the frame, Silke.
Perfect composition with fine contrasts and depth of view.
TFS and regards.

Hello Silke.
This is ALMOST a very beautiful shot. I do like the POV, the overall scene and composition. The light and colour. The only critical thing is the dodging job you've done on the hillside. You overlapped the hill and sky with your dodge tool and left a really obvious halo. It is to me a little distracting. But the shot itself is great. I hope you can fix it up for your own file version. Well done anyhow.
Regards, Steve

Of course this picture plucks the strings of my heart. I can still feel standing on locations such as these as the cool breeze and mist blew on me. The powerful Pacific puts me into a trace..and my mind both focuses and wanders. This is a beautiful picture, taken on a beautiful day on the rugged coastline. May He bless you in your travels.

Hi Silke,
Good photograph.
Hey, you are a writer...
Suspenseful note! Really...:-)

Hello Silke,
It's my pleasure to receive a wonderful shot from a far distance friend, my sincere thanks!
What a awesome view of CA coast in a best pov, I wish I will be there with my camera with you!
Good clarity, vivid colour and lighting and much details in this photo, I loved it!
thanks again for the wonderful gift

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-11 11:43]

Hola Silke,
precioso paisaje,
bello pov, realmente genial...
estupendo habitat.

Hi Silke,

This is a familiar location to me. I've been there many times having lived not too far away from it. It is a quite beautiful and dramatic coastline. It is rough though and not all that accessible... not many trails and much too much poison oak! I think your composition and colors are quite nice. You did lose some saturation on upload. The photo looks much richer on my desktop than on TN. In order to see what could be done in pp one would need to work on the original I think rather than this already enhanced version.

Evelynn : )

Hello Silke,
A rugged coastline, well captured!
The warm light adds a great touch and there is a fine feeling of depth...
Small sheltered places with sandy beaches have an attraction of their own!
Pablo -

Hi Silke

I have to confess to having thought this was bad PP work until I read your forum... mist can catch us out in all sorts of ways.

It is such a lovely shot with a great composition and POV. The light in this picyure is great. Nicely done.

Hi Silke,
Beautiful capture of the rugged coast-line. Beautiful colors and well composed. Outstanding POV. Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

hello silke
excellente prise de vue, couleurs superbes, netteté géniale, bravo mon amie
merci a toi

Hi Silke,

A good POV of the coast of California and of the sea, the photo has a good composition, DOF and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


Beautiful sunlight well depicted - great expanse, you capture that 'sweep' of the ocean.
And the little bit of mist in the photo gives it a cool feeling. :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-12 5:38]

WOW WOW silke, The shot remind me of my younger days near the coastal area. Excellent landscape showing the awesome beauty of the nature. Ganesh

A beautiful view indeed but to me one thing is missing, - A sign of life which can convert a static image to a dynamic frame.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-12 13:09]
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Hello Silke

A lovely coastline shot.The POV is excellent.The lighting and colours are wonderful.I really like the perspective on this shot.TFS


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-14 12:42]

Hi Silke

Wonderful view - the light is stunning and you have captured some lovely textures in the rocks. Lovely plave



Hallo Silke
This is such a refreshing scene. Looking at it makes me miss somebody I don't even know. An image I would print, frame and put it on my wall. This is really beautiful. There is just such a variety of colours to appreciate in this photo. This is a magic scene that has a calming effect on the eye. The seascape is really wonderful. A spectacular view which I enjoyed looking at very much. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

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