This image doesn't have the same dramatic light that I found in this spot at previous times. My point in posting is to share my amazement with the new fangled camera sensors these days. My previous outings to this spot required blending several exposures due to dynamic range and hideous shadow noise. This is problematic in a place that requires you to run for cover after almost every frame due to incoming waves. Trying to get back to the exact same spot and shoot several frames to blend exposures for maximum quality was rather tedious. Life is MUCH easier knowing that I can be quite underexposed in the shadows areas with little consequence. Capturing this scene in 1 frame sure made life easier.
I've also decided to enter this into the latest contest by the fine folks at Really Right Stuff. Why? Because they make the best gear on the planet, and I'd REALLY like to replace my Gitzo tripod with one that actually manages to keep the feet on the bottom for more than a week at a time. Ironically, I ended this shoot with only 1 foot left, after gluing on a new set AGAIN.
This image was stabilized with my standard RRS BH-55 Ballhead and L-Bracket. If you want to know the exact second I decided to upgrade to the BH-55, look back in my stream for my shot from "the Wave", and read why I call it "Diaper Days". Cliff notes version: It's because the ballhead I WAS using gave up at the EXACT wrong moment and forced me to try to stabilize my camera with a diaper for the rest of the trip.