Photo: Happy holidays everyone!

Thank you all for a very successful and memorable 2012! I appreciate all the support you have given me and I hope to bring you more of my photography in the year to come.

May your 2013 be filled with happiness!

All the best,
Jim Patterson

#plusphotoextract  by +Jarek Klimek 
Photo: I have walked through this natural arch by the sea hundreds of times over the past three years, photographing the beaches north and south of it. I still recall my first time through the arch.

I had just finished a sunrise shoot up at Pescadero State Beach and it was the early stages of my seascape photography. I wanted to check out this beach, a I drove by the dirt parking lot every time I headed north of Santa Cruz.

When I passed through this arch, I felt like I had discovered a whole new world. I had found the beach I would come back to again and again. That was in late January 2009. It took me until this past winter to photograph the arch itself. The sun sets through the arch only for a couple weeks around the Winter Solstice. Despite the overcast conditions and a little rain, the sun broke through for a few minutes before being swallowed up again by the gray.
Photo: One of the more memorable sunsets from one of my favorite local beaches. I distinctly remember watching the long wedge shaped cloud move in and collide with the dropping sun which created these wonderful upward beams. I like to take workshop students here for the myriad of compositional choices available. It is Hole in the Wall beach between Santa Cruz and Davenport, California.
Photo: Tis the Season

Fall season, especially early fall, can be the best time of year for coastal California weather. And that means getting out there as often as possible!

My camera gear has been fully briefed: "You will be getting used. You will most likely get wet. Salt water intrusion is a high possibility. I never told you it would be an easy life being my camera, but you will hopefully see many spectacular vistas during your life!"

This is from Saturday night on October 1, 2011 at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California.

GEAR
Nikon D7000
Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm
1 sec, f11, ISO 100
2 Lee .9 Soft GNDs stacked in a Foundation Holder, angled to the right
Photo: Yesterday was a good day.

My friend and fellow +Sea to Summit Workshops partner +Joshua Cripps and I got out for a nice sunset along the Santa Cruz coast. We can only hope the conditions are half as good for the two workshops we are teaching this weekend (spots still available). It was good to see Josh again as he just got back home from a month in New Zealand...lucky dog! :)

Earlier in the day, I got to experience the positive vibes and generosity of one f G+'s "true founders", +Barry Blanchard, as I visited his shop to see about a repair to some of my camera gear.

Like I said, it was a good day.

Nikon D800
Nikkor 14-24mm @ 14mm
2 sec, f11, ISO 50
LEE .6 Hard and .6 Soft GNDs in the SW150 holder
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Jim Patterson
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I have walked through this natural arch by the sea hundreds of times over the past three years, photographing the beaches north and south of it. I still recall my first time through the arch.

I had just finished a sunrise shoot up at Pescadero State Beach and it was the early stages of my seascape photography. I wanted to check out this beach, a I drove by the dirt parking lot every time I headed north of Santa Cruz.

When I passed through this arch, I felt like I had discovered a whole new world. I had found the beach I would come back to again and again. That was in late January 2009. It took me until this past winter to photograph the arch itself. The sun sets through the arch only for a couple weeks around the Winter Solstice. Despite the overcast conditions and a little rain, the sun broke through for a few minutes before being swallowed up again by the gray.

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