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Big Sur - Heaven's Gate

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 4 February 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

For just a few minutes before the light disappeared it had a spectacular orange/red glow through the arch as the waves came through. A close up view of Pfeiffer Beach Arch - Heaven's Gate

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Jen from Bartlett, United States

Very nice. I like how you have used a long exposure. Gives it a very peaceful look to the water and the sunlight coming through.

4 Feb 2010 5:06am

Julie from Easton, United States

The detail on this photo is just amazing!

4 Feb 2010 5:15am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

OK This is PHOTOgraphy....Thant you! beautifull!

4 Feb 2010 7:34am

Dimitrios, think positive. from ATHENS, Greece


4 Feb 2010 8:25am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Perfect name for this wonderful gate :)
I like very much the lights and detail in this shot. Incredible!

4 Feb 2010 9:06am

kisskool from Fontainebleau, France

very good photo!

4 Feb 2010 9:46am

tede from Aubenas 07, France

Hello, magical images of exceptional beauty. Congratulations on this stunning photograph. Good day.

4 Feb 2010 10:12am

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

5**** is not enough great great shot

4 Feb 2010 10:12am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Your timing was perfect and the details on the rock are magnificent; beautiful color! *****

4 Feb 2010 12:11pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Stunning !!! A well deserved 5***** of course :)

4 Feb 2010 12:41pm

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wow wow wow, this place is a treasure, n u r too. Is it HDR? If it is, that is wonderful coz it look very real

4 Feb 2010 12:48pm

@MK: Thanks for the comment, this is not an HDR image - this is in low light - the last touches of sunlight showing through the arch and is a 10 second exposure.

Punkmarko from Porvoo, Finland

wow indeed. love the light and the details. great stuff.

4 Feb 2010 2:21pm

Richard Geven from Monterland, Netherlands

Sharp, fantastic colors, great capture.


4 Feb 2010 2:45pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous, Scott. I love your up-close capture.

4 Feb 2010 3:26pm

marc from Granby, Canada

wow this is splendid nice play of shadow and light !!

4 Feb 2010 4:14pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Stunning Scott

4 Feb 2010 5:25pm

K.B.R from Switzerland

This is the best photo I've seen today on aminus, she deserves to be in a Spotlight !

4 Feb 2010 6:00pm

Monique from Netherlands

Wow, what a beautiful spot and dito shot!

4 Feb 2010 7:45pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Love the light, great details, beautiful capture!

4 Feb 2010 7:59pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Awesome! A 5* for sure.

4 Feb 2010 8:22pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~`beautifully stunning~~ as heavens gate would be!!:) I love it all, though the colours in the rocks are also very beautiful!! way to go!!

4 Feb 2010 8:29pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran


4 Feb 2010 9:08pm

Tony Duque from Raleigh, NC, United States

Simply an astounding shot, Scott, in every way describable... definitely a Blue Ribbon effort! As heavily as HDR is touted these days, it is very interesting that your settings (read: your photographic skills) were the key to capturing such great detail. Notwithstanding that locale's long-standing name, your spectacular picture could easily have been entitled Hell's Gate! ;-) Thanks for sharing it with us!!

4 Feb 2010 10:09pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Anotger fantastic image of this mitic place. Thae details in the rocks and the light are superb. Beautiful.

4 Feb 2010 11:27pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

A beautiful photo of superb detail and color splendid, good works Scott

4 Feb 2010 11:35pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Looks surreal. Great capture.

5 Feb 2010 12:40am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wow, the details on the rock are so interesting - it looks like some kind of artwork. The light is amazing.

5 Feb 2010 12:45am

Paul from summerside, Canada

Great shot one of the best i have seen

5 Feb 2010 1:20am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Heavens gate is the perfect name for this arch, that light is simply amazing!

5 Feb 2010 1:22am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the way the softness of the orange glow and the water compliment and contrast with the rough textures of the rock- you have really captured the feeling of this place!

5 Feb 2010 1:24am

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

Wow! heavens gate for sure. a superb photo!

5 Feb 2010 1:30am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

You sure have had some opportune moments to capture such natural beauty here at Big Sur. Your close-up of Heaven's Gate reveals an interesting texture in the rock. Well done!

5 Feb 2010 2:34am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Incredible! The detail is amazing - the rocks almost look 3D. I simply love how you have literally captured the light shining through the arch. 5 Stars for sure!

5 Feb 2010 3:32am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

the rocks are amazing. the light hasn't dulled them in the least.

5 Feb 2010 3:49am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

another amazing shot form this beautiful area! you have really done it justice with your captures!

5 Feb 2010 3:56am

Meysam from Montreal, Canada

It looks like a hot furnace with molten metal in it!

5 Feb 2010 4:17am

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

A stellar capture of this phenomenon, Scott - wonderful color and detail.

5 Feb 2010 4:25am

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand


5 Feb 2010 9:16am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Incredible details on the rocky wall...the light sure is heavenly...A great image Scott!!!

5 Feb 2010 12:21pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great capture ,well done :)

5 Feb 2010 12:58pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

The light appearing through the arch is really splendid and makes a great contrast with the blue tonality of the see. Like also the texture of the rock.

5 Feb 2010 2:09pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Breathtaking image . Colors are fabulous !

5 Feb 2010 4:39pm

Mike from California, United States

Another great shot Scott...I like the clarity in the detail you got here. Have a good weekend.

5 Feb 2010 5:56pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Absolutely stunning nd congrats on the spotlight :))

5 Feb 2010 6:38pm

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Bravo for your spotlight !

5 Feb 2010 6:44pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

stunning shot 5 stars

5 Feb 2010 9:11pm

jm from Davao City, Philippines


5 Feb 2010 11:02pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Congratulations on the Spotlight - well deserved!

6 Feb 2010 3:13am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Hey Scott! Congratulations!!!! Well deserved to say the least:)

6 Feb 2010 6:07am

Taina from Spain

Amazingly beautiful as all the other shots!

6 Feb 2010 12:03pm


wow really nice

6 Feb 2010 12:19pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Congratulations on Spotlight, Scott!

6 Feb 2010 2:44pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

I love this photo, very beautiful colour

6 Feb 2010 3:39pm

Expose from Tehran, Iran

Just a word : WOW

6 Feb 2010 8:35pm

Azarakhsh from perth, Australia

wow amazing i love it

7 Feb 2010 8:20am

larans from Lund, Sweden

The contrast between the warm and cold tones is even better than the other day. Very moody!

7 Feb 2010 9:13am

hgmartins photography from Ontario, GTA, Canada

very nice shot!! I like the slow shutter efect on the water

7 Feb 2010 3:22pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight! Fantastic image! Gorgeous tones and light

7 Feb 2010 5:44pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

No WONDER this made it into the Spotlight ... glad my stars were counted! :D

8 Feb 2010 1:01am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wow, fantastic shot ! Congratulations to the "spot light" !

8 Feb 2010 8:10am

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Congrats on the spotlight Scott. Well deserved. This is beautiful. : )

8 Feb 2010 4:44pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars : this light is magic !

8 Feb 2010 9:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful photo!

8 Feb 2010 10:42pm

Photosanity from Folsom, United States

Wow Scott - Magic!!!!

9 Feb 2010 7:47am

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

Great shot , very interesting & creative

9 Feb 2010 5:51pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Going back through your images and see this one deserved ( well... all of them deserve ) a SPOTLIGHT . Congrats !!!!

11 Feb 2010 9:35pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey dude
man, just kinda superb duder
so well captured
fantastic duderooner

14 Feb 2010 11:37pm

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Oh my gosh! This is simply breathtaking!


18 Mar 2010 12:42am

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

dramatic light, colours & cinematic effect......congrats on the spotlight, very well deserved

24 Mar 2010 10:45am

Bethany from Michigan, United States

Congratulations on your spotlight! This is amazing!

29 May 2010 7:46pm

Maria Draper from California, United States


28 Nov 2010 2:50am

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Amazing light and colors!

22 Jan 2011 11:35pm

spatula from Lahti, Finland


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