This was taken at Point Dume State Beach in Malibu. I spent a little time doing long exposures all the way down at that far point in the distance while watching a small group of surfers taking advantage of the tubes created by the natural jutty.

Walking on this stretch of beach was one of the most relaxing and peaceful experiences that I’ve had in a long time. I was alone and it felt like a scene right out of the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks… The sound of the surf bouncing off of the cliffs, rolling back around giving you the sonic experience of being in a movie theater.

I saw these geological layers and was stopped in my tracks. I experimented a little bit with my Tilt/Shift 17mm – helping the slanted lines of the cliff point towards the Point Dume in the distance… but I ended up switching over to the 14mm prime… I just loved the way it captured the scene.

I had a very different wildlife experience than I ever expected to have here… Walking down the trail towards the beach I looked up to see a Red-shouldered Hawk circling with a Cooper’s Hawk and ¬†Peregrine Falcon. A little ways down the trail I spotted an Allen’s Hummingbird (something I’ve never seen before) perched on a branch – its beautiful orange incandescent plumage was gleaming in the sun. Some more “life” birds for me @ Point Dume… Black Phoebe, Western Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, Western Kingbird, Anna’s Hummingbird and a California Gull.

On the non-avian front I had a close encounter with a rattlesnake just off the trail. I tried to pull a Steve Irwin and get a really close photo with my iPhone but the dude didn’t appreciate my intrusion and did some fierce rattling before backing down into a hole.

Down on the beach I was climbing over some rocks I almost stepped on a seal… he raised his head as I walked around him, looking at me with huge brownish, black eyes and then went back to napping. I grabbed my camera and took a few shots which I will post soon. Off shore there were hundreds of other seals snacking on kelp and a small pod of 4-5 dolphins cruised by. The surfers and the seals were practically elbow to elbow and only one thing came to mind… sharks. Those folks are crazy but they are definitely having a lot of fun.

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March 29, 2012 - 8:02 am

Dave DiCello - Love the POV here Steve, great details too
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March 29, 2012 - 8:19 am

Rich McPeek - I’m with Dave here .. love the POV and details in this Steve! Great work!

March 29, 2012 - 8:45 am

Chris Nitz - That is some crazy lines on the rock. Love this!
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March 29, 2012 - 9:25 am

Jimmy - Lovely shot. I’d love to see it with the lovely colours that dawn brings as well.

March 29, 2012 - 10:36 am

Jim Denham - Nicely composed Steve! Well done!
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March 29, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Mark Summerfield - Great POV here, Steve! I like the contrast between the dominating cliff face with the strata line pushing the eye into the frame with the smaller rocks in the beach itself.
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March 29, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Chris Robins - i’m with noone. this shot sucks. too bad that rattlesnake didn’t bit your sorry ass. hahahahhaaa. love that you went with the 14mm v. the ts-17. love the colors. love the kid. peace.

March 29, 2012 - 4:02 pm

A.Barlow - Wonderful image showing off a very cool geological feature!
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March 29, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Toad Hollow Photography - This is awesome, Steve!! LOVE your composition, and those natural leading lines are darn near perfect, my friend! Wow, what a place.

Not to mention the head-on with the rattler there, my friend! Please, exercise caution whilst out and about on these adventures my friend!
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March 30, 2012 - 4:44 pm

LensScaper - Sounds an eventful trip! This is a tremendous find and beautifully captured.
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March 31, 2012 - 7:16 pm

Anne McKinnell - Oh, I really love this! The detail in the rock and the layers that make leading lines, so beautiful!!
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April 2, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Eden - Brilliant lines! Great processing.
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April 3, 2012 - 4:31 am

navin harish - Very nice composition

April 4, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Edith Levy - Terrific shot Steve. I love the processing.
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