Sea stacks at sunset , Redwood NP, CA, USA

Sea stacks at sunset , Redwood NP, CA, USA

We had a wonderful time last week during our redwoods workshop. It was a really nice, fun group, with great camaraderie and lots of laughter, aided and abetted by the relaxed atmosphere at the fabulous Requa Inn. We got some fog, which is always a great complement to the forest scenes, and were also treated to a couple of beautiful sunsets along the coast.

This photograph is from a wild stretch of coast in Redwood National Park on Tuesday evening, when bands of clouds lit up just after the sun dropped below the horizon. Although I use both fast and slow shutter speeds in these situations, I always seem to like the effect of the slow shutter speeds better. This one was eight seconds, which was long enough to smooth out the water, but still retain a bit of texture. I can’t remember whether I used my four-stop or seven-stop neutral-density filter, but it was one of those.

Of course I made many more images, and I’ll post some of those when I can!

— Michael Frye

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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to YosemiteYosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.