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Smoke on the water

L.A. Times Reader Photo of the Day: Smoke on the water

The California coast is full of surprising features, including the massive rock formations at El Matador State Beach in Malibu.

Photographer Matt McKown captured an image of the rocks and waves at sunset last month. Using a Lee Filters Big Stopper, he slowed the camera's shutter down 10 stops. Then he set the tripod down on the rocks and let the 45-second exposure do the rest. 

"The biggest thing was watching out to make sure I don't get hit by any waves," he said. "My feet got a little wet."

McKown said the rock formations are well worth checking out. "It's one thing to sit on the sand and get some sun, it's another thing to explore something that looks completely different," he said.

McKown used a Fujifilm X100T to make the image.

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