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Gateway to Another World - Davenport, California | by Jim Patterson Photography
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Gateway to Another World - Davenport, California

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Just over a week ago, the radar showed a potential break in the storm that was raining up and down the west coast of California. So what does any self respecting seascape photographer do? I made my way to one of my favorite local spots and enjoyed the stormy light at the beach.


This is the infamous "hole" in Hole in the Wall beach. I've passed through here hundreds of times, often running from the waves that wash through here. The tide was pretty low on this evening, and the arch was taller than usual as the storms had scoured out a lot of sand. The low tide did allow for some nice sunset reflections vs. having water movement in the foreground. I'd like to try this composition again with more waves, but the sand has already started to build back up and the interesting rocks along the bottom are starting to get covered up.


This image easily had too much dynamic range for a single exposure and is a result of double processing a single RAW file and blending it with a bracketed "fused" image using the Exposure Fusion function in Photomatix. I am keen to try more advanced image blending techniques for shots such as this where traditional filter use and single exposures just don't work.


Anyway, hope everyone had a great weekend and as always, thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!


Nikon D300

Nikon 12-24mm @ 12mm

-bracketed exposures at f11, ISO 200 fused and blended with a single RAW file

-Tony Kuyper's luminosity masks and color tools used extensively to better balance the image

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Taken on February 17, 2011