Santa Monica Beach Reflections

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After seeing PatrickSmithPhotography's shot of the ferris wheel I figured I should go there and give it a try. After all, I live about 10 miles from there. This was really fun as I got into my head that I had to capture the reflection of the ferris wheel on the wet sand. At first, I set up the tripod so that I could take the shots without getting wet. As the evening progressed, I got more into it, and wanted a complete reflection. By the time I was done I was ankle deep in the water, and when the waves came had to hold the tripod to make sure it didn't get washed away. By the end of the evening I was soaking wet and freezing (the water here is still cold), but happy with all the shots I got. Now I have to try to find the nice ones. This is one of the earlier ones in the evening while the orange glow of the sunset was still fairly strong.

Photomatix details enhancer using -2, 0, +2 exposures.

Photoshop:
- noise reduction in the sky using surface blur
- unsharp mask with 140 radius but not on the sunset part or sky.
- shadow/highlights to recover detail in the pier.
- blue filter on the top part of the sky and part of the foreground water, which photomatix had made grey.
- desaturate and lighten the white water.
- curves for contrast.
- slight color dodge at the end of the pier.

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  1. alison lyons photography 73 months ago | reply

    Lovely shot. the colours are beautiful.

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  4. Pepe Martin 73 months ago | reply

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  6. Tulay Emekli 73 months ago | reply

    Great adventure yet great results too !!!!!

  7. Dominic Fasino 73 months ago | reply

    very pretty

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  8. Rebeca Mello 73 months ago | reply

    Wonderful image !!!! I love it!!

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  10. Rick & Bart 73 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Gold Seal of Quality (INVITED PHOTOS ONLY : Post 1 comment 3), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    It's was definatly worth it , fantastic shot. Very well composed and beautiful colours !!

  11. Salva del Saz 73 months ago | reply

    Beautiful light and colors!

  12. Maria McGrail 73 months ago | reply

    beautiful shot

  13. mmatasic 73 months ago | reply

    Wow! I like the way pink and the blue mix.. Nice!

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  14. kathycassidy57 73 months ago | reply

    I love the story behind these shots...your efforts were worth it because they are all quite amazing!...I love the different colored reflections on each shot and in this one, with the sun setting in the background, it adds to the magical quality of the overall take...so well done!
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  15. Daniel_Beaman_Photo_Media 72 months ago | reply

    very nice indeed Patrick Smith was using a ND soft grad 0.9 over the top half of the frame. as his notes state.

  16. Megan Schellong 39 months ago | reply

    This is truly phenomenal. Everything from the reflection of the carnival lights onto the water, the sunset itself, and the moving ocean waves, all so lovely!

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