The Secret Coast, California, Summer 2012 (Page 1 of 1)

You might be quite surprised at where this sea cave is located. Have any idea where this is?

Title: The Mystery of the Secret Cave
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with B+W 1.8 ND filter. ISO 400, 10 second exposure, f/10.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Somewhere in California

These are long exposure photos. This one is a ten-second long exposure. The challenge to me is to try and keep the tripod still when the ocean water is ebbing and flowing, pulling on the tripod, pulling the soft wet sand away from the tripod and wrapping seaweed around the tripod legs! I always jam the tripod in as hard as possible, and this certainly helps, although of course not always!

And the other challenge is to try and keep the water from splashing on the lens or the camera. I destroyed my Nikon D90 at Bowling Ball Beach by having water splash on it, frying the circuit board.

Where do you suppose these photos were taken?

Title: The Secret Coast
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with B+W 1.8 ND filter. ISO 400, 6 second exposure, f/14.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Somewhere in California

Early morning along the California coast. Using the wide-angle Tokina lens, I like to get the camera down low for these kinds of shots. Of course, there's a risk to the camera, but I try and keep a plastic bag around the camera.

This photo was included in an art auction exhibition, The Karma Underground and KarmaBlast Charity Art Show and Auction, benefiting Tibetan schools, which took place 21 September 2012 at ArtShare Los Angeles.

This exciting evening will include live painting by Samir Arghandwall of 7th Letter and DJ sets by J.Rocc, Tick (Latch Brothers/Routines/Dragons), Kiino Villand and Special Guests. There will also be live screen-printing by Hit + Run. A limited edition print by Malleus will be for sale to benefit the cause. There is a SUGGESTED donation of $10 at the door.

Artists: Allison Torneros, Andrea Lahue, Angela Clayton, B+, BD Miller, Birdman, Brenda Proudfoot, Casey Gray, Chuck P, Coop, Cyrcle, Daniel Jung, Dawn Wirth, Deedee Cheriel, Devin Liston, D Young V, E , Eddie Colla , Edition 100, Eric Pederson, Erwin Recinos, Esther Pearl Watson, Filthgrime, Gilbert Johnquest, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Heather Hoxsey, Henry Rollins, Ken Lee, Hugh Leeman, James Moreno, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jennifer Lafferty, John Carr, John Park, Kevin Rolly, Kiino Villand, Kofie, Koffinz, Lantz Huston, Laura Shumate, Leba, Lydia Emily, Malleus, Margaret Leahy, Mark Todd, Michaela Devon Kary, Mike Maxwell, Miles Thompson, Paul Chatem, Rich DeSimone/Lucky Bunny, Risk, Sage Vaughn, SALTR, Samir ìEVOLî Arghandwall of Seventh Letter, Sean Cheetham, SEEN, Sequoia Emmanuelle, Shaun Roberts, Shaunna Peterson, Shepard Fairey, Skyler Grey, Sophia Gasparian, Steven Ballinger, Tada Chae, Tara McPherson, Texas Tom Carr, Tim Kerr, Brendan Behan, Ruby Hurley, Medgar Evers, Tom Neely, Van Arno

Sponsors: 12 oz Prophet, Art Share LA, Cool Haus, Edition One Hundred, Endless Canvas, Hit + Run, Karma Blast, Komodo, LA Taco, LAB ART, LALA Arts, Mad Props, Malleus, The Do Lab, Pabst Blue Ribbon,

Think you know where this is?

Title: Sunrise on the Spire I
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with B+W 1.8 ND filter. ISO 100, 10 second exposure, f/11.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Somewhere in California

Here's a bonus photo, essentially the same as above, but with a shorter exposure time of 3 seconds instead of 10.

Title: Sunrise on the Spire II
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with B+W 1.8 ND filter. ISO 100, 3 second exposure, f/8.
Photography: Ken Lee
Location: Somewhere in California

Where the previous photo, due to its longer ten-second exposure, results in a milkier, silkier look, this photo shows more of the water's motion.

More photos of this Southern California beach are here.

Ken's photos of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as photos of Peru, Burma, India, Morocco, China, Thailand, Ghana, Ecuador, and elsewhere, have appeared in many books, magazines, websites, and galleries.  Visit the Ken Lee Photography Website. Some of Ken's select photos may be purchased through his Imagekind Store.

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