MYSTIC DAWN METAL PRINT

MYSTIC DAWN METAL PRINT

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Before traveling to Costa Rica's extreme southeast to photograph the wild and isolated Gandoca/Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, I looked up lots of pics on Google to see what beaches might have the ingredients for a great coastal scenic. This beach, with the large exposed coral reef shelf (about the size of a large conference room table) and the scraggly tree-studded island off the coast, caught my eye. Now it was time for a little research.

I assumed I wanted to shoot at sunrise since I was on the Caribbean (Atlantic) coast. Checking a great digital app called the Photographer's Ephemeris hit me with some knowledge. Because of the way Costa Rica is positioned geographically and the way this particular spot juts out from the mainland, I could actually shoot this beach with the sun in the frame at both sunrise and sunset. Amazing! But, sunset would cause a shadow on the tidal outcrop that I knew I wanted as my main foreground subject. Sunrise it was. Checking a tide chart, I found that low tide sunrise would be about an hour after low tide. This was perfect as that meant just enough water to swirl around the large tidal reef outcrop but not so much that I wouldn't be able to wade out into the surf to shoot. I hiked into the refuge at about 4 morning by flashlight, set up, and waited. The sun rose through a hazy, overcast sky and for just a few minutes, produced these wonderful subtle tones. I got the shot, hiked back out, and enjoyed a well-deserved breakfast back at my hotel.

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