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The "For Sale" Miniseries
"Foamy Waters" is the twelfth photo in a miniseries that I recently started. Over the next few weeks, I'll be covering all of my photographs available as prints on my website. I'll be uploading one every weekday (except Friday), as usual, but you'll find a lot more information on the photographs themselves - I might sneak in a few tutorials, quick tips, etc. It'll be great for new and old photographers alike - If you have any friends who might be interested, be sure to let them know! I'll be updating everything on my blog as well as my other social networks, so if you would prefer to follow it there, just click on one of the links above. :)
About "Foamy Waters"
"Foamy Waters" was taken just south of Garie Beach, in the Royal National Park. Garie Beach has some of the best surfing waves in Sydney and is a very popular family beach destination. The Garie Surf Life Saving Club provide an essential community service in helping to keep the public safe at the beach. Garie is home to the Garie Boardriders Club. Garie Boardriders has an active membership of just over 100 member on average and has been continually running as a boardriders club since 1978. The club's books now have over 500 members on them and a lot of older members are returning to compete in the senior and masters divisions.
Taking "Foamy Waters"
Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-20mm
1/40 sec | f/6.3 | ISO100 | 13mm
This shot is a little different to my normal seascapes, that being that I really want to capture the waves hitting the rocks with very little motion blur (though enough to show movement). Usually I go with slightly longer exposures, but with this shot I used a relatively 'quick' shutter speed to 'freeze' the water. I spent about 15 minutes in the one location - once I had composed the shot, I used a remote trigger and took about 80 photos, trying to get the incoming waves just at the right time. I liked the composition of the waves in this shot the best.
Processing "Foamy Waters"
A lot of processing time went into this shot (about 2 and a half hours). In Adobe Camera Raw I cloned out some dust spots and straightened a slightly wonky horizon (the tripod slipped a little while taking shots). I applied some global contrast, clarity, recovery and fill light boosts. I desaturated, and then started working on getting the tone just right. I wanted this image to really pop - the orginal was quite flat. So I used the graduated filter tool to boost the exposure and contrast of the pool in the foreground, then used the effect brush to highlight certain parts of the rock face and waves. The clouds required some special attention too - I used a combination of graduated filters and the effect brush to highlight certain parts of the cloud. Then in Photoshop I adjusted curves and levels, and also added more contrast just to the pool in the foreground.