Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Domination - Palos Verdes

SS Dominator shipwreck, Palos Verdes

The hike to the remains of the SS Dominator that grounded off the coast of Palos Verdes in 1961 is one of the more popular hikes over here. You can take the drain pipe trail which leaves you about a mile to the ruins. Alternately you can take the steeper route down the Lunada Bay side and cut the hike down further. Either way you'll be walking along rocks the whole way. The ship has deteriorated over the years but there are still some stuff lying around from pieces of the hull, to a pretty well intact crane which you see here. Some say the crane was part of the rescue mission to try and free the ship off the rocks. We headed out for a high tide sunset and were lucky that some clouds decided to pass through at just the right time as it was clear all day. The clear horizon line allowed the sun to peak through before it set so I lined it up through the gear to get a nice sunburst. Took quite a few exposures to capture some nice water movement as the waves rushed in. Be prepared to smell a bunch of funky stuff along the way from dead birds to dead sea lions, but that's pretty common up and down the coast. What's nice about PV is that there is something different about each cove and there are a lot of them to explore.
Nikon D750, Nikkor 20mm 1.8, f/16, 0.8 sec, ISO-50

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Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography