Shark Fin Cove - California Photography Hot Spot - Pam Goodyer, Milky way location

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Shark Fin Cove – California Photography Location Hot Spot

You run into all kinds of people out there.  We politely waited for a photographer to finish a photo shoot at this location.  One of the models lied to us and said they were doing a shoot for cancer. He thought that was going to get our sympathy? That did the exact opposite. The conversation went in the direction of, “I sure do hope it is for an alternative medicine group and not the toxic poison treatments such as chemotherapy that kills everyone.” Zero sympathies. Is this lie a technique models use when they try to deceptively gain cooperation from others during shoots we wondered?

The photographer was honest and she let us know it was definitely not for a cancer organization but for a beauty magazine. We highly respect her for that and wish her much success.  We hope karma doesn’t come around and get the other one because you know what the Universe will give him right?

Photography Information

Lens: Generally, this area is a wide-angle lens location and a milky way location.

Gear List at a Glance: Circular polarizing filter, neutral density filters, tripod, shutter release, wide-angle, and zoom lens. CPL filters will help you to create dynamic images. You have moving waters at the location, so you will want to have your neutral density filters with you to get the long exposure, milky water effect. It is an excellent spot for a ten stop nd filter. See our ND filter page for more details if you need some additional information.

When to Go:

Any time of year but the best time is during the new moon, so you can also do milky way photography.

Camera Settings:

Manual Mode – To do your long exposure running, milky water shots at shark fin Cove, you have to use a tripod.  All of your settings will vary depending on the lighting and what neutral density filter you have. You will shoot in manual mode for the milky waters. ISO is always 100 or the lowest your camera will allow. Aperture is always f22. (It lets the least amount of light in). Your shutter speed will vary depending on the light. Take some test shots to decide on your shutter speed after you put your neutral density filter on. (It’s like sunglasses for your camera to stop light from coming in). . Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer also to avoid camera movement. Voila. You now have your milky water exposure. You want at least a 2-second exposure for running water. If you don’t have a neutral density filter, you may not get more than 1/15th of a second in the sun. Go to our store to buy your ND filter. Get a 3.0 for super long exposure in the sunshine, an ND 1.2, and an ND8 for shorter exposures. If you can only afford to buy one, go with the 1.2.

See our How to Shoot Waterfall Photography Page for more details.

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We foud it to be the best place with the best rates and great service!

Hotel Information: 

Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn

Convenient Location:  Located just 10 minutes from Santa Cruz among organic farms, boutique vineyards, and state beaches and hiking trails, is the Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn.  Our Restaurant features produce from neighboring organic farms, a full bar, and outstanding wines.  Our Inn features ocean views, beds made to our specifications, locally made soaps and lotions, and cashmere-like robes made of soy and bamboo fibers. In a hurry? Visit our Café/Take Out bar serving locally roasted coffees, custom teas, and delicious sweet or savory baked goods made daily.


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Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn – See above in hotel info

We absolutely LOVE this place. It has many healthy meal options and the menu has icons for Vegetarian and Vegan meals and it offers Organic foods too!! We promote healthy living so this is on our top places to eat list.

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