The Surf in LA as Night Passes

If you want to see how I made this (and how you can too!), visit my HDR Tutorial. I hope it gives you some new tricks!


There's this moment in California when the sun hits the horizon that I am quite sure most of the natives take for granted. The gradation of sky from the burning sun to the deep blues can only be really appreciated if you swing your head around and purge your short-term memory. The effect is not dissimilar to the optical illusion of the giant full moon on some evenings, seemingly magnified by our inability to establish a frame of reference. I think something along those lines happens with color as the sun dips. You can see this from space, as the sudden band from light to dark rips around the earth -- that same viewing cone can be seen from anywhere on the surface, and it can be best noticed in places like LA, with the nearly infinite horizon.


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  • Alejandro Matos 7y

    very nice effect!! (you did it by software? or hardware?)
  • JW Corley 7y

    I swear your writing is almost as purrty as your pictures.
  • transformed from kazariya PRO 7y

    Fantastic capture!!!
  • Floyd Stewart PRO 7y

    Great shot, and yes the magic hour where it all happens!
  • Barry 7y

    Awesome capture! WOW

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Candace Hartley 7y

    Got a sunburn on Manhattan beach once, eons ago. Fond memory ;-) But your photo is super fantastic!! Love the water movement and light!!
  • Raju P L S S S N 7y

  • Adam Barr 7y

    nice colors and atmosphere.
  • Glenn Mendoza 7y

    very nice as always... one of the masters of HDR here in flickr.
  • William Said PRO 7y

    Great perspective Trey and interesting bit of info there
  • Anne Besner Johnston 7y

    I think I remember being there. They had the worst washrooms!!
    Great capture!
  • iamnotcool 7y

    Fantastic shots like these remind me of how nice it is to be an Angelino. The best beach sunsets happen here!
  • Todd 7y

    Awesome shot. I lived in Manhattan Beach for a few years and walked out on the pier too many times to count. Your pic brings back great memories.
  • David Sliff 7y

    Manhattan Beach??
    I live so close to there.
    That's crazy.

    This is really good by the way.
  • Max K 7y

    Realy nice work!
  • Paulette Mertes 7y

    Gorgeous image. These colors make me melt. PM
  • Photo Sorcery 7y

    You are a pioneer in HDR stills. May you never get tired of inspiring your disciples.
  • Y~L .... 7y

    i like this sort of the shot, it's maybe a classic one but it always perfect when you use this exposure ... So it's a perfect one :)))))))
  • Mary Clark PRO 6y

    You would not believe it if I told you how I ended up looking at your beautiful photo. It's strange how often that happens in here. Nice job. I grew up on Pacific Ave. in Manhattan Beach. I consider that my pier. lol You honored it well with this photo.
  • cuisle west ... away awhile PRO 6y

    Hey, that's my pier! (typed that before I looked up and saw that Mary had laid claim to it first) ... and a luvely image of it you've made here. Our house is on Highland and 8th, just a stone's through away from the pier. I found this searching "Dreamy Landscapes".
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Taken on May 16, 2008
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