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  #139 Portrait Orientation
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Arch Rock Sunset       ©2014 Edward
Nikon D7100       11th place, 96 points
1/14s, f5.6, ISO 100, 180mm, Manual, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Increased saturation; increased contrast; lightened; modified color balance to accentuate the bronze colors of sunset.       Extra Info: None
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Mar 11, 2014
    Thanks, Jade. Yes - I'm familiar with focus stacking (I think that's what you're talking about). I guess it would be possible with this image, but my mind was concentrating more on getting properly located on the beach with my tripod, while trying to time my shots between incoming waves that could have gotten me and my camera wet if I didn't pay proper attention!

Jade O.
Mar 10, 2014
    I was suggested firing off at least two frames focus one on the foreground and one on the background, then blending them by overlaying one on the other. The water alone could be isolated in one frame but I'll bet you could readily combine two different frames of water alone since the waves here at times are close to horizontal. It is easiest if you use a tripod, of course, with manual focus. I've done this a lot in things like scenic shots where you want a continuous focus throughout a very deep scene ranging from near foreground to distant horizon.

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Mar 10, 2014
    I can see lots of potential in this shot but I think the light spoils it. Hard shot to get I would imagine.

Mar 10, 2014
    Great composition - love the shape of the water as it moves in. Not too crazy about the saturation, but the landscape is beautiful.

Mar 8, 2014
    Jade: are you suggesting stacking two images together, one with foreground in focus, and the other with background in focus? I'm not sure that method (or combining layers together) would work, since the water is moving and changing shape from one shot to the next -- but I'd be interested in hearing more of what you were suggesting.

Jade O.
Mar 8, 2014
    O.k. This is a great shot with only one thing I would have done different. I would have taken two frames (or more) to ensure the entire focal range from foreground to horizon was in focus.

Mar 8, 2014
    An eye catching image that has an alien feel due to the colour saturation. I like the play of the light on the push and pull of the waves. The central arch gives the eye a direction to follow. This is enhanced by the portrait orientation.

Mar 7, 2014
    I don't normally like photos with high saturation but this one has won me over. Beautiful.

Mar 7, 2014
    Very nice composition and in my favorites. I would have preferred more subtlety in the saturation, contrast, and color balance adjustments to avoid the blocked up shadows, purple-tinged water, and edge halo effects on the rock/sky interface.

Mar 7, 2014
    you have a lovely result with the rock separating the sunset from the foreground but still picking up the colours to come

Mar 7, 2014
    Yes, I like it! I especailly like the 'S' patterns from the waves on the beach. I would guess 99% of photographs of this scene would be 'landscape' and for me this particular challenge is good for encouraging a different approach. Splendid! :)

Mar 6, 2014
    Yes - I agree about it being a bit "soft", john. I think it's because shooting into the sunset like that created heavily shadowing of the rocks and it was very difficult to pull out details via editing. This was one situation where shooting in RAW helped, but did not solve the exposure difficulties.

Mar 6, 2014
    This is a lot better in thumbnail than full size. Seems soft overall full size. Like your framing very much though.
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