Rough Seas Sitting on the Jacks

You might be asking, "Dave, what the heck is that title all about?"  I am here to explain.   This photo was taken while sitting on some of the infamous Japanese Seawall Jacks.  These are monstrous cement barriers fashioned in the shape of the jacks we used to play with as kids (see photo at end of this post).  Here's the full story.  The day my friend, Sarena and I went out to photograph the two waterfalls, I was on my way home about to turn onto Route 58 when I saw the sunset was going to be wonderful.  I looked to my right and I saw this huge beach and the rock formations all lined up for a wonderful composition.  I turned the car around and found a place to park and literally ran along the beach to find a place to setup my camera and tripod before the sunset was over.  As I was running along the beach I noticed a better view would be not on the beach, but on the seawall.  I hurriedly climbed on the Jacks and clamored amongst them until I found a spot with the composition I wanted.  I was only going to get one shot at this so I really wasn't looking at the condition of the ocean until after I sat down and positioned my tripod.  I then said to myself, "OOPS, the seas are awfully rough right now and the water is very quickly getting closer to where I was sitting.  Fortunately, I was about 10 feet above the water but as you can see in the photo the waves were starting to crash along the rocks pretty heavily.  Nonetheless, I carried on and took about 50 shots from this location until the sun was pretty much gone and I didn't want to tempt fate any longer.  It was quite a photo productive day, river trekking to one falls, then a short walk to another and then ended it with a wonderful sunset shot.  Enjoy.

Tripod mounted Canon 7D w/ Canon 24-105 4.0L lens. One exposure, processed in Lightroom only except for a sharpening action in Photoshop.

Tripod mounted Canon 7D w/ Canon 24-105 4.0L lens. One exposure, processed in Lightroom only except for a sharpening action in Photoshop.

Here is an example of the Sea Jacks I was talking about.

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