The Secret Cave of 1,000 Steps Beach (2015)

South Laguna Beach, California

My brother Justin lives in Laguna Beach, California, so I decided to pay him a visit and create some landscape fine art. He showed me this amazing and somewhat secret cave mostly known by locals just south of 1,000 steps beach in South Laguna Beach. It was quite a memorable experience just getting to the cave. I was carrying all of my camera gear in my F-Stop Loka Backpack and was wearing Chaco sandals. We got to the end of the trail on the shore where it turned into really steep and wet rocks with about a 5-foot drop off into the ocean. I slipped on the rocks trying to get down into the waist-deep ocean and fell face first into the water and rocks, totally submerging myself and my backpack full of camera gear. I scratched up my leg, foot, and both hands, but surfaced just fine. I was absolutely blown away when I opened my pack to find that all of my gear was totally dry. Thank you F-Stop Bags! As you can see, the cave was absolutely worth the tumble. Hopefully you can make out my brother Justin modeling for me in the distance on the slanted rock on the shore. In this sunset seascape, the waves crashed in and created such a powerful scene that evokes warmth, calm and serenity - it was breathtaking. Also, my obsession with sunstars continues! 

Photo © copyright by Matt Payne.
Photo © copyright by Matt Payne.

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The Secret Cave of 1,000 Steps Beach (2015) print

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Your fine art is carefully placed behind an acrylic glazing and another archival substrate. This is the premier presentation system for bringing detail, color and tonal range to life in a way that traditional photo framing cannot. For this presentation style, world-class polyester photographic material is used for amazing color and longevity.

These works of art are Face Mounted on lens-grade optically clear 1/8″ TruLife Anti-Reflective acrylic. This revolutionary product delivers the highest-resolution viewing experience of photographic artwork available today. TruLife acrylic is also abrasion-resistant, helping preserve the life of the print. With lifelike colors, incredible depth and clarity, TruLife is the best way to show high quality art. The edges are hand polished for a crystal clear look. The Acrylic Face Mount comes ready to hang with a z-bar hanging system. An acrylic face mount piece of art will look great against most any wall type. 

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The Secret Cave of 1,000 Steps Beach (2015) print

Your artwork is printed on beautiful Fuji Crystal Archive emulsion and sealed between solid aluminum and an amazing high-gloss UV protective laminate.

Not to be confused with Dye Sublimation Metal Prints that print directly to aluminum, this is a real chromagenic latent print placed behind a carefully sourced ultra-glossy UV laminate and mounted on thicker, stiffer aluminum sheets. The level of detail in this print is superior to dye sublimation metal. This print offers the look of aluminum combined with all the amazing visual snap of acrylic prints – sharpness, contrast, details, etc – but it’s lighter and less expensive. The print arrives mounted on a float system and includes hanging hardware.

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The Secret Cave of 1,000 Steps Beach (2015) print

ChromaLuxe Metal Prints are produced using Dye Sublimation technology to infuse inks into specialized aluminum plates that have been finished with a fine multiple layer polymer. ChromaLuxe’s archival qualities, image brilliance, and durability make it an excellent all-around choice. 

Two metal surfaces are available - a glossy surface with more pop and saturation (albeit with more glare and reflective properties), and a mid-gloss satin surface with similar color intensity and detail as the glossy option, with reduced glare. By default I print on glossy unless you indicate otherwise by contacting me. 

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