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This is a morning photo of Morro Rock taken on Morro Bay just before a large storm hit. The dark storm clouds were behind me, hiding the sun early in the morning. The early morning light being filtered through the clouds helped to give the photo the strong overall blue tint. I used an exposure of 10 seconds to "smooth" the waters of the Bay and to emphasize the reflections.
This photo is a 'blue ribbon' winner and was also chosen to hang in the California State Univerty's Chancellor's office in Long Beach, California. A common reaction to the photo is that it evokes a feeling of calm or peace. That was what I was feeling while taking the photo. I was also attracted to the contrast of the color of the lights with the color of the sky and the water. I also liked the way the rock and its reflection form a circle, or at least close to it, and also the way the two fishing boats border the rock.
This is one of my wife's favorite photos and a large, matted, framed copy hangs above our bed. Her attachment to it is so strong I don't ever see it coming down.
Morro Bay is located on the central coast of California and is identified with Morro Rock. It is a fishing town with a Bay. Located there are a couple of state parks and the area has a lot of birds, otters, sea lions, elephants seals and other animals. Morro Rock itself is one of 'Nine Sisters' which are remnants of volcanic activity in the area. The other sisters are inland. It was one of my wife's and mine favorite get aways. A look at my other photos will verify that.
January 24th, 2013
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