I've been planning this shot for about two years. I noticed the layered slabs of rock and how they seemed to point to Bird Rock in the distance, but the conditions were never good for the element of atmosphere. Finally the storm came through and I was able to make the image I had hoped for. I waited for a bit of light to strike the rock and hillside to the left. Then I waited for a wave to sweep into the cove. There were big waves striking the rock in the left-center, but they were big and blocked the rest of the scene. So I waited for calmer conditions.