• Incredible! - silvarshooter
  • I really would have loved to include more on this side, but any more to the right and a bluff would have poked its ugly way into the frame
  • I have another photo which shows some beautiful, creamy water flowing through here, but the photo was ruined by a huge splash of water on my lens!
  • The light stayed like this for 20 minutes!!

Fire and Foam - Davenport Main Beach, Davenport, California

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Ever since seeing Jim's awesome image of Davenport (and being inspired by other great shots, like Lukas') I've been itching to get my own photo of the "fingers" at Davenport Beach. Unfortunately the swell prevented me from getting close enough to the rocks to really show their fingery shape. So although I couldn't achieve my exact vision for what I wanted to capture here, the amazing light, color, and reflections were too beautiful to pass up.

I also met Yan out there. An extremely nice and enthusiastic photographer!

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Tech Notes on this Photo

Nikon D300s
Tokina 12-24 mm
ISO200 - I chose ISO200 for a couple of reasons, the main being that I wanted to keep my shutter speed in the ~2 second range; bumping the ISO to 200 helped me do that. ISO200 also has the highest dynamic response on the D300, so shooting here gives me less of a problem clipping highlights or shadows
f/8 - the sharpest spot on my lens and it helps me defocus scratches, drops, and dust on my filters/lens. Also, it was getting quite dark so the relatively wide aperture allowed me to keep my shutter speed at point where I could show some flow to the water.
2.5 sec
12 mm on a crop sensor
Lee 3-stop and 2-stop soft GND Filters, handheld at a very slight angle to help darken the horizon on the left.

In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)
- Processed single raw file four times: once for the sky, once with a +1 green tint for the foreground to remove excess magenta cast there, once with a +0.3 ev to blend in some brighter water near the horizon, and once with a -0.3 ev and the saturation dialed down to pull some detail back into the extremely saturated horizon
- Global contrast for added pop
- Slightly darkened and added contrast to the sky to add oomph
- Slightly brightened and added contrast to foreground rocks
- Local contrast adjustments to increase shine on the rocks
- straightened horizon by a tiny amount

In Photoshop:
- Noise reduction via Neat Image
- Gradient blend between sky and foreground tiffs
- Hand blend in of brighter water and darker sky tiffs
- Selective sharpening of foreground rocks
- Dark darks luminosity mask with subtle levels adjustment to even out detail and exposure in the seastack
- Extensive cloning on seastack to remove excess light blurring caused by smears on my filters

Thanks for looking!


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  1. Zulhatfi Aziz Photography 39 months ago | reply

    this shot is awesome.. i love how you blend the colours and the sharpness of your shot.. i'm still learning to shot just like this.. :)

  2. Fresnatic 38 months ago | reply

    Wow! *Picking jaw up off keyboard!* The color rocks and the mistiness of the water blows me away! Love those fingery rocks pointing to the sunset! Awesome work!

  3. Avi. 38 months ago | reply

    Wow! just wow! I should have come across your photostream earlier! There is so much to learn! Thanks for taking your time to explain each shot you compose! :)

    Seen amongst other photos with the tag: tokina1224. (?)

  4. Jerry T Patterson 38 months ago | reply

    Knockout blistering shot

  5. tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp 38 months ago | reply

    geezz..incredible light! absolutely beautiful seascape !

  6. kisaxby2 38 months ago | reply

    Beautiful photo. Almost looks like a painting.

  7. Kuzeytac 38 months ago | reply

    One real masterpiece!

  8. Eszra 37 months ago | reply

    amazing color and clarity

  9. H.A.M.S 35 months ago | reply

    Super Amazing!

  10. cgullz 35 months ago | reply

    sweet scene. gorgeous smokey sky and cool how depth is distored by that amazing mass of colour beyond your feature rock. superb shot.

  11. decar66 33 months ago | reply

    Those reflections, stunning

  12. - Dave Morrow - 23 months ago | reply

    great color and cloud movement. Love the light on the rocks as well. Awesome shot man.

    [ via Joshua Cripps's flickriver  --Dave Morrow's Custom Creations ]

  13. Colskier1 19 months ago | reply

    Love the light on the foreground rocks.

  14. gonzalo ruiz-esquide 16 months ago | reply

    great! compositio, light, exposure time and water movement, tones, everything...

    I'm considering buying this lens instead of the nikon 12-24 (for 600 bucks less), How is it working for you? I would thik great, but any critical remarks?

  15. Nicholas Steinberg photography 8 months ago | reply

    Unbelievable composition! Very auspicious timing to push the shutter!!

  16. SLD-PHOTO 7 months ago | reply

    Great composition and those reflections are beautiful. Well done!

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