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waves at dawn

Crystal Cove. This was just before the sun crested over the cliff and things really started lightening up.


We had gone there to photo the castle tower but were surprised to find it surrounded by scaffolding. Apparently the city is fortifying it so it doesn't fall into the ocean.


While I was disappointed not to get some shots of the tower, it forced me to turn my attention to other parts of this narrow strip of beach, which I hadn't been prepared for.



Camera Info:


Camera: Nikon D700

Lens: Nikon 16-35mm f/4

Focal Length: 16mm

Aperture: f/8

Exposure: 0.3 seconds

ISO: 400


I wanted a slow enough shutter to capture the movement of the water, but I didn't want to blur it too much. So I bumped up the ISO to 400 and opened the aperture to f/8 so let a bit more light in but still giving enough depth of field to keep things sharp.


No filters on this one, the sky and land were pretty much equally lit, so the dynamic range was easy to handle. It felt strange not using any filters, I'm so used to always using them!


Post Processing:

Not much processing. I ran a high-pass filter across the lower half to give a bit more detail. I wanted to convey a sense of cold, so I bumped the color temperature very slightly toward blue.

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Taken on April 28, 2012