McClures Beach at Sunset

More day one stuff since it’s late and I don’t have time for a long post.  Most of the first day was spent at Point Reyes National Seashore after a morning drive by the Golden Gate bridge to see if the fog had lifted.  Not great light.

So with a stop by REI to pick up some camp fuel (only so many days we can eat cold cereal for all the meals), we headed back out to Point Reyes to see what we could find.

Unfortunately some of the park was closed off because it was whale watching season and they limited the number of folks that could head out by the lighthouse.

So we decided to see if we could find some Tule Elk and try and catch a sunset somewhere.  We headed up Pierce Point Road towards the Tule Elk Reserve.  We did run into some Elk, but more on that in another post.

While out at the Reserve in the afternoon we ended up walking down to McClures beach.  Looking at some relief maps, there looked to be some cool rocks along the beach to add some foreground to what we hoped would be a decent sunset.  Combine that with how we were quickly running out of light.

It was a moderately steep 0.4 mile walk, and as usual going down was much easier then coming back up later in the twilight.

We were rewarded with this shot as we arrived just in time as the sun was dipping down over the horizon. Almost didn’t have enough time to set up the tripod. So here was the closing shot of daylight.

Canon 5d Mk II, ISO 320, Canon 16-35L MkII @ 16 mm, f8, 1/80 sec

3 Responses to “McClures Beach at Sunset”

  1. Amy says:

    This was an amazing sunset and a hell of a walk back up. Had to stop and wheeze a few times. Great shot.

  2. Sarah Rolph says:

    Great photo of one of my favorite places! Thanks.

  3. Carole says:

    This is an amazing shot!! Good job on the climb. I would have never made it.

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