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Shark Fin Cove – California Photography Location Hot Spot
Davenport lies along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, situated about 9 miles north of Santa Cruz, on Highway One. Originally on the banks of San Vicente Creek, the town expanded to the north during the twentieth century. Shark Fin Cove is a hidden location without a sign to show its location that is right near our favorite hotel/restaurant Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn.
The town is presently noted for the spectacular cliffs and bluffs above the Pacific, beaches in between cliffs, surfing opportunities, the cement plant run by Cemex (shuttered in January 2010), and the former headquarters of Odwalla, a company that makes fruit juices.
Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn. http://davenportroadhouse.com/ – within a mile of Shark Fin Cove
A fabulous place to eat, drink and sleep. We Highly Recommend!
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 that kill 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 here much success. We hope karma doesn’t come around and get the other one because you know what the Universe will give him right?
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. We recommend never shooting outdoors without one. They will make your white puffy clouds whiter, take the silver glare off of waters and replace it with a beautiful reflection. 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 a great spot for a 10 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.
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 live view mode to focus to lock the mirror up and avoid any camera movement. Use your shutter release or your 2-second timer to also 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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