Shooting an image for the Mill Valley Click-Off competition really tested me! For my first attempt I went up Mount Tamalpais looking for a dramatic sunset image. The cloud cover made it difficult, and while I got a couple of images I liked in color, I didn’t manage to get one that felt right in black and white.
On my second stop I headed to San Pablo Bay looking for a sunrise shot. That got off to a bad start as the clocks went back that night and I mis-timed daybreak by an hour. Conditions weren’t great either and I new my window of opportunity for the competition was closing.
My third attempt was at Black Sands Beach in the Marin Headlands. I found a great composition, but the tide was moving in fast. Every time I got set up and began my long exposure a rogue wave would surge up the beach. I had a few lucky escapes with my camera until one wave drenched me up to the waist and my camera got soaked. I was very lucky it still worked the next morning.
In a final, desperate attempt I went back to Black Sands Beach the next day. I like the additional layer of meaning with black sand and white water on the theme of a black and white and white image. I’ll share the results of that image soon.