Photo of the Day Contest
Ring of Fire by Max
Sunday, 6th March 2011

Ring of Fire

by Max

I have so many shots of this area that it has been an inner struggle for me to pick just one. After narrowing it down to a 10 stop at sunset vs. this night time shot, I chose this one. There is just such a strange marriage of events that slaps the face of reality. The scene was very well lit despite the fact that the sun had set about 20 minutes prior to this. There is an uncanny effervescent glow that stretched across the horizon. City and pier lights warmed up for the night shift. Camera detail is really crazy. You can see the traffic lights all the way in the background change from red to green. The moon decided to make an appearance and the flowers had enough light from the houses behind me and a pathway to the left. The glow was faint to the naked eye but was perfect for the effect I wanted. The clouds even look peculiar like little twisters. There's also a strange sheen on the water. Strange stuff.
Equipment: 17-40mm @ 17mm, 30 sec @ f/11, 5:33:48 PM, ISO 400

Ring of Fire by Max was photo of the day on Sunday, 6th March 2011. It is tagged , . You can leave a comment below.



6th March 2011 at 2:41 am

Striking! Unforgettable.


6th March 2011 at 3:08 am

Awesome! Just awesome!


6th March 2011 at 3:45 am

Very nice! What city is this?

Pat Cree

6th March 2011 at 4:11 am

This is a superb image, but were the blazes is it? I really really hate seeing brilliant landscape photos when the publisher doesn’t tell me where they were taken!


6th March 2011 at 8:06 am

Grande fantastica cool


6th March 2011 at 8:55 am

incredible photo, being a S Ca. person, I also wonder where it was taken. Captures the land, sea and sky. What an amazing photo. I have seen parts – sky, sea……….. but not put together like this.
My heart aches at the beauty.


6th March 2011 at 8:57 am

it must be looking to La Jolla from Del Mar. Right?


6th March 2011 at 9:27 am

I do so agree with Pat Cree!! It’s just so frustrating.


6th March 2011 at 9:38 am

I just wanna know where the place is, too :-)

6th March 2011 at 9:48 am

This picture is all about the lighting; well done.


6th March 2011 at 9:54 am

Wonderful combination of colours and contrasts!
I really enjoy this photo. Thank you.

6th March 2011 at 11:11 am

Beautiful spot and capture of the light!

6th March 2011 at 12:16 pm

Very well composed?
Super shot!

6th March 2011 at 1:00 pm

Lovely shot!

6th March 2011 at 1:15 pm

Wonderful scene, Max! The colors are striking but that appearance of the moon is the icing of the cake! Fantastic shot!


6th March 2011 at 1:39 pm

According to Flicker it was talen at La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, CA.

Joanne Bradley

6th March 2011 at 2:06 pm

Excellent composition! Love your pov with the focus on those beautiful flowers in the foreground. A special moment in time when all the elements come together for the photographer!

Marie Dunphy Harding

6th March 2011 at 2:49 pm

This must be a photographer’s dream shot! Congrats, Max.


6th March 2011 at 4:28 pm

This is an amazing shot. I love the colors.


6th March 2011 at 4:36 pm

Is this in Hawaii? Fantastic shot and how unusual with the bright red flowers in the foreground and superb lighting, depth and colors! Well done.

6th March 2011 at 4:47 pm

Excellent captire in perfect light!

6th March 2011 at 5:15 pm

Like others, I want to know where this is. The lighting you captured here was spectacular.

6th March 2011 at 5:35 pm

Beautiful, again, where is it? I have seen sunsets in California looking west and the ocean in front of me, like in a cove around Avila Beach or San Luis Obispo.

Nancy L. Nyman

6th March 2011 at 6:00 pm

I, too, would like to know where this amazing picture was taken. It is frustrating to try to picture in my mind the scene, and not know where to place it.

Ati LĂ©vai

6th March 2011 at 6:14 pm

this is a beautiful scene :)


6th March 2011 at 7:00 pm

What a jaw dropping photo. Don’t even find words to praise it enough! National Geographic photogs will have envy. Great job!!!

6th March 2011 at 7:05 pm

Fantastic composition. Can we find out where?

Laura Milholland

6th March 2011 at 8:08 pm

The detail, color and lighting of the flowers are amazing. Then adding to it, the fabulous water and sky. . . . GREAT image!

Janet Blake

6th March 2011 at 8:14 pm

Gorgeous! I have to say, I loved the language of your description almost as much as the photo. It seems you’re blessed with talent in both arenas!


6th March 2011 at 11:03 pm

A lovely, lovely shot–congratulations!

7th March 2011 at 12:49 am

Exceptional composition and perfect timing Max. Beautiful picture!

Jeannine Forgues-Setterlund

7th March 2011 at 12:49 am

It is breathtaking…I love flowers and the ocean. 2 of my favorite landscape in one shot it gave me a chill as I was viewing it. No words can express the joy I feel from this photo.
And like everyone I am curious as to where this shot was taken. Would love a print to look at every rising day. Thank you for sharing.

Shirley Hill

7th March 2011 at 3:13 am

Fantastic colours and great composition Max. Thank You.
I too, would like to know where you captured this wonderful image.
The colour of the flowers in the foreground are unreal considering the time of night.
An unforgetable shot !!


7th March 2011 at 6:20 am

What grreat shot. The light on the flowers is very delightful and surreal!


7th March 2011 at 6:40 pm

beautiful colors! great job :)


7th March 2011 at 8:35 pm

Thats some amazing contrast of red on blue

Rashid Mukoon

8th March 2011 at 6:34 am

beautiful matching of colors, striking shot


10th March 2011 at 12:20 am

Absolutely gorgeous! The colors of the plants, the city lights…everything, just beautiful.

9th May 2011 at 11:02 pm

I had no idea I was featured here. Thanks so much for the compliments everyone! Very sorry for the late reply but this was taken in La Jolla, CA. The iconic structure is Scripps Pier, first made famous by legendary Ansel Adams in his Fiat Lux collection. I have a few different shots from this series which is absolutely my favorite place in all of San Diego county. It is sincerely humbling to see such kind comments and, once again, thank you all :)

Dwayne Andrejczuk

10th May 2011 at 10:47 pm

Congrats again Max. That is one sweet shot!


14th September 2011 at 12:56 am

Absolutely breath taking, Take me away to another place I only wish I could.

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