A couple weeks ago my buddy and I went down to Half Moon Bay to take photos of Gray Whale Cove. He had a filter holder and a set of HiTek graduated ND filters and his photos came out great. All my photos came out with a white, ugly, crappy sky. I decided it was time to order a Lee Filter holder and a set of HiTek filters as well. They finally all arrived on Friday and he and I drove down to Davenport, CA to take photos at Hole-in-the-Wall beach. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and there were a ton of students at the beach as well.
We arrived at low tide, walked through the hole in the rocks (aka the Hole in the Wall), skirted along on the sand, and went over to the other side of the beach. We found a great place to take photos (see the photos to the right a couple), but decided to walk around the other side of the beach as well.
We found this little waterfall on the normal side of the beach (no hole-in-the-wall necessary). Since there's been so much rain this winter the water was gushing out of this rock and made a stream we had to cross. I thought it made for a neat little waterfall photo.
At the end of this photo-shoot we had to walk back through the Hole in the Wall and the tide had come in. I ended up misjudging things and got swept into the ocean with my camera bag on my back and all my electronics in my pockets/backpack. I got tossed against the rocks for a while and managed to swim my way back to shore. I could have easily died for my stupidity! Surprisingly my LowerPro camera bag stayed almost completely dry! My Nikon D80, which was at the bottom of the bag, doesn't work but everything else stayed completely dry (including my D300s)! Both my work/personal phones were dead but Apple replaced my iPhone4 for free (thank you Apple)!!!!
Nikon D300s w/Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 ED-IF AF-S:
20mm, f/18, 0.4 sec, ISO 100, Tripod
B+W F-Pro Circular Polarizer + Hitech 0.9 soft ND grad filter, Hitech 0.6 soft ND grad filter, and Lee FK Filter holder