This coming weekend should be a good one. With the warm and beautiful weather making a full frontal assault, if almost feels like summer. A few friends are putting their boat in this weekend so expect some cool photos from the ocean early next week. Now to just get through the next 3 days of work…
Digging back in to the archives once again, I found a gem that just needed a little bit of dedicated polishing. Originally, I processed this and the two other matching bracketed images as a HDR photo, but the result was less than appealing. Quickly forgetting about the photos and moving on, they fell out of the “important shots” category and in to photo archive purgatory. As I was searching for another photo to re-format and send to a client, I stumbled across this one. The third and overexposed photo of the three brackets, this shot had the best wave movement, but the sky really needed some love. With some graduated filters in Lightroom, saturation bump, and contrast increase, it was just about perfect.
The location of this nice little seascape is the rocky Miseno Beach near my house. I took this in the early dawn hours one day in January, where the temperature was low and my patience even lower. These vivid colors are usually present about 20-30 minutes before sunrise and after sunset. If you take the time to actually get out of bed early enough for sunrise or stick around late enough for sunset, it is worth it to invest an extra half hour to ensure you get the absolute the best colors and light.
To get wave movement like this you would need a tripod (or very steady arm) and a relatively “long” exposure. I put that in quotes because the long exposure could be half a second or more, just enough to get a little movement in the water but not to make it look like a sea of fog. Make sense? You can read a tutorial about how to take long exposure photos here! Enjoy, and please leave your comments below!
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