The Rocks You Couldn't See - jimdenhamphoto

Sony A7II | Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 | f/11 | ISO 50 | 30 seconds | 28mm

It's the extreme extrovert in me. The social connection is something that gives me energy and I have to have it, especially when I get bored! As was the case on Tuesday morning in Monterey, CA. The bride and boy were going to sleep in and I was going to try and catch sunrise, whatever it may turn out to be. The internet said Lover's Point Park in Pacific Grove was a good spot for sunrise, so I set my Google Maps for it and went about my business.

Problem was, Google Maps said it would take an hour to get there. With first light being around 6:30 or so, I got up and got out about 5 AM. Turns out, it was about 10 minutes away from the hotel - not sure what was wrong with my Google Maps, but I got there at about 5:15 AM and still had well over an hour before first light. What to do, and with no tripod!

Took me about 15 minutes or so to walk around the area and see what was there, and it was beautiful. Big rocks, pounding waves and what looked to be excellent clouds. It was awesome! I tried doing some long exposures but the incandescent lights from the street and hotel across the street were just killing everything, so I needed to wait on the light. this is where the extrovert took over.

I'll do a Facebook Live broadcast! I'll get that social connection and my friends and family can see what I was seeing while I wait! Perfect! Fired it up and got a few people to join me, two of them being my brother Jerry and old friend Tommy! It was great, except, it was so dark that no one could see the rocks that  I could see. It was a completely dark screen! The waves sounded awesome, but, well. All it did was give my brother and Tommy fuel to raz me the rest of the trip!

That kind of thing doesn't bother me though. It's those kind of things that make trips memorable, not only for me but for everyone involved, like Tommy and Jerry. Next year, my Facebook memories will also remind us of just how silly it seemed, but how much fun it turned out to be!

Eventually, the light did come. And so did that seagull on top of the big rock. He stood there for the entire 30 seconds of the exposure and only turned his head! All of the other elements were there, too! It was great and I love this image...and what I will remember about taking it!

The rocks you couldn't see!