Perfect Shot: Pistachio Beach Sunset

Photos by Michael Belew

Redwood City photographer Michael Belew envisioned this spectacular sunset before he captured it at Pistachio Beach, just north of Pigeon Point Lighthouse. “Checking coastal tidal charts, I knew which early evenings would be a low tide at this location, exposing the rocks along the shoreline, and I waited for an evening with clouds,” he recounts. Michael arrived on the early side, set up his camera, selected his composition and patiently waited for the sun to make its descent toward the horizon. “I watched in awe as the scene developed before me,” he says, resulting in this Perfect Shot.

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