The sky was cloudless and uninteresting, so for this image I was looking for an intimate landscape, to emphasize the beautiful orange waves through the Keyhole Arch. To achieve my vision, I used a long telephoto lens at 135mm, closed at f/7.1 to slightly blur the foreground, so the attention could focus on the arch. At ISO 100 I could achieve a shutter speed of 1/4s, which is within my ideal range when shooting seascapes, to convey just enough motion in the waves to create a dynamic and interesting scene. The composition follows closely the rule of thirds and by not showing the horizon behind the rocks, the viewer is left guessing the real nature of the rock formation.
Golden Door has incredible details in the water spills and the rocks, so it’s best experienced when viewing a large print from the huge 42mpx source.
Golden Door is available in Limited Edition Fine Art prints on Etsy.
Golden Door is the first piece of the "Golden" series.