Rocks at Sunset, Big Sur, CA

In this image I wanted to contrast the dark, course, rocks on the beach with the light, smooth texture of the water, so I used a long exposure to soften and lighten the waves. I also wanted to keep the clouds in the sky from blowing out, so I used a graduated neutral density filter on my Wista 4x5 camera. The sun was setting behind the lower clouds in the center of the image, and this gave the sky the contrast i wanted to balance the lighter water.