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In The Moment #4 - Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands, California | by Jim Patterson Photography
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In The Moment #4 - Rodeo Beach, Marin Headlands, California

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--The Shot--

I've been trying my best to get my image archives organized and as I was passing through last year, I realized it has been a year to the day that this amazing sunset happened at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands near San Francisco. I've had this one on my edits as a monochrome, but decided to go ahead and process it in color. Looking forward to the winter storms and more dramatic light!


--The Gear--

Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 12mm

Nikon MC-36 cable release

0.6sec, f22, ISO 100

Singh-Ray 3-stop Daryl Denson reverse graduated neutral density filter

Markins M20 ballhead

Really Right Stuff lever clamp and L-plate

Gitzo GT3351 carbon fiber tripod


--Software & Processing--

In ACR, adjusted brightness, exposure and white balance for sky only and then again for the foreground only. Blended the two 16-bit tiffs in PS CS5 by hand.

In CS5, layers included:

-Basic Mid-Tones luminosity mask with Curves adjustment

-Vibrance mask for saturation increase

-Saturation mask for saturation decrease

-Burn/Dodge layer with 50% gray and layer mode Soft Light using two different luminosity mask selections to even out the light a little more.

-Noise reduction selectively masked with Noise Ninja

-Sharpening selectivel masked with Nik Sharpener Pro

-Crop to square

-Custom action for web sizing, sharpening, conversion to 8-bit, sRGB, and embedding personal info into exif

-Total time on image about 30-40 minutes

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Taken on December 13, 2009