The Maelstrom

Rodeo Beach, High tide

I wanted to go back to the beautiful stacks of Rodeo Beach and make a few seascape photographs. Early one morning a friend and I made the passage over the Golden Gate to the lip of Marin. Our passage to those stacks, however, was blocked by a cold and churning surf. Determined to bring back a taste of the maelstrom, we perched upon a rock and made a few images of the Pacific roaring over the stones and onto the beach.

Rodeo Beach, the Maelstrom

These photographs were made by cranking my camera's ISO all the way up to 3200 so as to capture the drama of the churning surf. At lower ISOs (say 100 or 200) the exposures are so long as to render the water a mist. Photographs like the one below are beautiful and haunting in their own way, but they fail completely to bring the Pacific to life within the frame.

Rodeo Beach, Long Exposure
Rodeo Beach, the Maelstrom
Rodeo Beach, the Maelstrom
Rodeo Beach, the Maelstrom
Rodeo Beach, the Maelstrom