You’d think I’d be used to this lesson, but for some reason I seem to get it over and over again. I must be a slow learner :)
Anyway, last week while in Los Angeles, I did some research on 500px.com and found a great place called Corona Del Mar right along the coast about an hour south of LA. So I headed out there for a sunset shoot only to be greeted by large bank of clouds that engulfed the sun about 60 minutes before sunset. I tried to make the best out of it and concentrated on the rocks in the foreground as well as the large (naturally brighter than the rest) rock in the top left. It really caught my eye because I knew it would jump out of the photo since it was lighter than the rest of the rocks around it. Plus, with the drama of the clouds and gloomy skies I knew this would be a very different style of photo for me, since I usually like vibrant colorful sunsets.

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If you follow my photography you know that I’m never a fan of choppy water, so I threw a 3-stop ND filter on to get a longer 30-second exposure to smooth out the water. The photo was captured with my Nikon D800 with a 16-35mm lens. Processed in Lightroom 5 and onOne’s Perfect effects for some finishing touches.

Have a good one!