I’ve been traveling a lot this year. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some images from several locations. Several months ago I made a very quick “get out of the office” trip down the coast from my home in Oregon to Bowling Ball Beach, just south of Mendocino, California. I entered the redwoods in thick fog, with periods of intense rain. The only image I took was this, shot with my Nikon D800E at ISO 1600 with the 80-400mm lens.

The redwoods coast, in fog and rain.

Better weather awaited me at the beach. Here are three images, taken the same afternoon about 2½ hours apart, all three done with the 45mm T/S lens on my D800E. FYI, the “bowling balls” are concretions eroded out of the steeply tilted mudstone cliffs.

Bowling Ball Beach, California.

Bowling Ball Beach, California.

Bowling Ball Beach, California.

If you even plan on photographing here, try to time your visit for a low tide around sunset, wear rubber boots as you’ll be wading, and bring a heavy ND filter to soften the waves.


  1. Satish Menon July 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm #


    Lovely images as usual. Quick Question – on your Redwoods Coast image, I wonder why you used ISO 1600. I would have shot that scene at the camera’s native ISO (100). Did you hand-hold your shot?

    Thank you for continuing to inspire us,


    • John July 21, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      Yes, it’s a handheld shot. Lots of wind and rain, so…jump out of the truck, fire off a few frames, jump back in. Certainly not my preferred way to photograph.