Saturday, March 27, 2010

Bowling Ball Beach #1

Just got back from a GREAT Northern California roadtrip with my friend Katie! Our goals for the trip were 1) to orient Katie to her new home in NorCal, 2) see some beautiful sights, and 3) drink some really good beer. We definitely accomplished all three activities.

It rained on us off and on Thursday morning as we headed up 101. We ducked out of the rain in Healdsburg to visit Bear Republic Brewing, home of Racer 5 IPA. We had a good chat with Ryan, the man behind the bar, and got some great recommendations on breweries further north.

The rain let up a bit as we headed out 128 toward Boonville, so we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery. It's so green and lush in Northern California right now! Our second stop was Anderson Valley Brewing, home of the famous Hop Ottin' IPA, my mom's favorite beer. It tastes just as good, if not better, on draft at the brewery. I also really enjoyed and highly recommend the Brother David's Double and Triple Abbey style ales, which rivaled some of the best I tried in Belgium in January. Mmmm!

When we reached the coast, we turned south to visit a place I've been wanting to visit for awhile now: Bowling Ball Beach. The weather looked iffy, with black storm clouds moving in fast, but we'd driven that far, so we decided to go for it. I was thoroughly soaked by the time we got to the Bowling Ball part of the beach, and the rain was coming down pretty hard and I didn't think I'd be able to get a shot without soaking my camera. Thankfully, the wind and rain let up just enough for me to grab a few shots after about 10 minutes. The light was weird and ghostly, glowing through the low stormclouds while some clouds remained dark and ominous. A NorCal day on the coast for sure!

Stay tuned for more images from the redwoods, mountains, and waterfalls of NorCal.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-70, f/10 @ 30s, ISO 50. Filters: ND400 & Lee 3-stop hard GND. The weird color is partly due to the ND400, which has a strong magenta cast no matter what I do with the white balance.

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Anonymous said...

That color cast gives the image an almost other worldly feel to it. And either way, its a killer image! I can't wait to see more from your trip!

Lightchaser said...

Beautiful composition, Della. Your work is magical. Cheers!