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Fire and Foam - Davenport Main Beach, Davenport, California | by Joshua Cripps
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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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Taken on February 4, 2011