The Second Wave
Coyote Buttes, Arizona
While doing research on The Wave I came across another photographers photo of the "Second Wave", the little brother to The Wave. This area is about half a mile from the main wave and also has some really interesting shapes and textures carved out of the sandstone. When I showed Willie and Yan the photo they both said "Wow, I want to find that!"
We were the first group to arrive at The Wave but a group of 4 showed up later. They were very friendly, waited for us to finish, then setup for their shots. One guy had clearly been here before and had gone through the trouble of lugging FOUR cameras (and 4 tripods) so he could leave his cameras at various places and get a number of shots. Eventually we decided to leave and find the Second Wave. Despite having GPS coordinates we couldn't find it! While wandering around I bumped into the guy with his 4 cameras and started chatting with him. Turns out that he had been here 17 times and could take us to the Second Wave.
Thanks to our new friend we found the spot! I pulled up the photo we liked on my iPhone and we spent the next 10 minutes trying to find out where exactly the photo was taken. The funny thing was, when we looked up from the iPhone, that our friend had been sitting on the EXACT SPOT the ENTIRE time! I think he must have been internally laughing at us.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S:
60mm, f/11, 1/640 sec, ISO 200
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