T H E ( A L M O S T ) W E E K L Y P H O T O G R A P H
14 March 2016
Sea Mist In America
Gray Whale Cove Beach, California. Phase One XF, IQ180, 110mm lens, 15 seconds @ f12, ISO 35, 10x ND Filter
Tony Hewitt and I spent a speedy four days reconnoitering the space between San Francisco and Las Vegas, with a view to running a small travelling workshop in South West USA early next year (send me an email if you're interested in details as it may be almost full already)!
Stepping off our plane and finding ourselves on location six hours earlier than when we left, we took a drive south toward the home (at some stage) of both Edward Weston and Ansel Adams and the famous landscape of Point Lobos. However, the entire coast between San Fran and LA is punctuated with great landscapes and, even better for us, there was a giant swell, adding to the drama.
It wasn't really winter. In fact, we heard on the radio that the temperature for February had been two degrees warmer than the average, so the fact we were in cotton shirts was possibly a little unusual. However, the light was low in the sky and silky. It's hard to describe, but even in the middle of the day when this photograph was taken, there was a softness that we don't often see in Australia. Perhaps it was a combination of low light, sea mist and pollution!
We first saw this scene from the road, just half an hour south of San Francisco. We had to double back to a parking spot and walk a few hundred metres up a headland from where there were great views both north and south. After scouting around, I dropped back down the headland a little so the other headlands in the distance lined up in a more pleasing formation. So, step one, find the viewpoint that works best.
I shot a series of images at normal shutter speeds, but then I added a 10 stop neutral density filter which gave me between 10 and 30 seconds, depending on my aperture. This image is 15 seconds. Naturally the camera is tripod mounted.
The image is processed in Capture One using several Local Adjustment layers to darken the sky, bring out some detail in the broken water, and emphasise the foreground headland. The degree of control you have in Capture One means I don't have to visit Photoshop so often - it's very much like the relationship between Lightroom and Photoshop, except I find Capture One gives me better colour and contrast than Lightroom. However, don't send me hate mail! I'm not anti-Lightroom and many of my friends love what it does for their photographs. It's just that I much prefer what Capture One does for mine at this point in time.
Last month, Peter Eastway judged and presented at the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas, USA. At the show, he offered attendees the opportunity to purchase the Landscape Photography MasterClass with a massive 25% discount. We're told that at shows like this, you have to make a strong offer!
This got Peter thinking - well, why offer it to only the new people he meets at WPPI? Why not to our existing readers and so here's the announcement!
You're all invited to take advantage of the special WPPI offer. There's 25% off the Landscape Photography MasterClass, the Photoshop Layers ebooks, How to Win Photo Competitions ebook, and the Photo Business ebooks and business plan.
All you need to do is use the code 'WPPI2016' when you check out, the offer has been extended until 31 March 2016.
To read all about the Landscape Photography MasterClass, click here.
For more information please visit the Better Photography website.
Peter Eastway APP-L, GM.Photog., FNZIPP, Hon. FAIPP, Hon FNZIPP, FAIPP
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