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From back in May '11 during a great sunset session at Secrets Beach. The late season swell combined with the sand that had been returning to the beach made for plenty of interesting effects. I loved the way the water was peeling around the corner and wanted to bring out the streaking effect. Subtle but good sunset :)

Techy stuff: 1 exposure with 3stop RGND + 1 for sky (darker w/ rgnd)...this helps me control the range of light. Fg was shot at around 1/2s (sweet spot for water usually).

Composition wise I generally tend to not leave so much open space in photographs, however here I feel that the moving water acts as enough interest to balance out the rocks on the right side and the curving lines of the water bring the eye through the image toward the sunset.

Much thanks for the thoughts all!

aF
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"Adieu"

It's always good to have spots in one's mind that we can run to close by for sunrise and sunsets. I am extraordinarily lucky that this is that close to my house. Some friends asked me to head down here for sunset about 20 min before the sun was to depart so hurrying to the trail and mostly running/sliding down it, got down to the bottom and was greeted by this scene.

From a technical standpoint these shots are always tricky. Camera's are not good at capturing the range of light in scenes like this. The main exposure is taken with a 3stop Reverse GND to control the light but that leaves us with an ugly dark line across the landscape in this case so I took 2 other exposures to be able to blend it away. Then the normal dodge/burn.

Oh yea...then the sunset went cotton candy nuclear. More soon!

Thanks!

aF
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Color version of previous. Fun with waves and sunset. Good to be shooting again :) Yes...it was a bit scary with the waves rolling in. At least the water is warm ;)

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Pringle Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

A long exposure of the ocean taken with my new Hoya ND400 filter (I collected the filter from the post office the morning that this photo was taken).
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"Celestine Prophecy II"

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Where to start with this image. This is one of my favorite locations on the island and hadnt been here in well over a year...wtf. With some free time on Saturday I was debating between 2 locations for sunset and ended here. While hiking down the trail I was thinking with the clear skies it would be fun to try a technique I've been meaning to give a whirl...combing one exposure for the landscape while being able to see the stars.

Taking out my fancy phone and using Star Walk I was able to find that the Milky Way would be in this approximate position just after sunset. So composed, set my exposure and waiting for the light to drop low enough to get the first shot...then wait...and wait. Finally got dark enough to get a shot of the stars but the Milky Way wasnt far enough over! Rats. Spent the next 90 min or so waiting for the 'cloud' to move across the sky in to my composition. While taking the exposure I thought it might be fun to immediately tilt up and take another to possible blend in to make a pano. The Milky Way was arching over the entire sky but alas couldnt get it all :P

The processing involved is kinda ridiculous and took me a while. The trick is to get the landscape image to look as night timey as possible. Blending them together was just a massive PITA and it's not perfect...but definitely printable...LARGE!

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"Event Horizon"

The best mantra for photographers....never leave til dark. About 20 minutes after sunset the sky exploded in purples and pinks. This area of rock only accessible during small surf as the waves wash over this location most of the winter.

Techy stuff: 3stop RGND + 2 pieces of other photos to help blend the grad line out and get more detail (little bit) out of the far rock and hillside.
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"Before Sunrise"

From this morning's sunrise (7/25/11). There was some pretty intense 'before'glow (usually I call it afterglow because it's after sunset but as this was sunrise...). After taking a test exposure and seeing the way the water on the rock was reflecting the color I composed to have the edge of the water end in the corner of the frame and shot of a few exposures. Of course this was between running back and forth helping the client get the shot too!

Thanks!

aF
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edit: less vig, minor color changes

This photo not only challenges what one can capture from the ocean but from the technology that is the camera. Taken about 20+ min after sunset the light was great but at low levels it's very difficult to get shutter speeds fast enough to freeze motion. Pushing the limits of the camera offered great results. Nothing like a 10-20ft shore break to really make it exciting! More of this in the future!

Dodging/burning/etc to bring out contrasts and details.

1/250, f8, iso 1600
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This spot has been on my 'to shoot' list for quite some time. And by that I mean about 2-3 years. I scouted it once on a different session a ways back but just haven't gone back...til Halloween '11. Spooky indeed.

Having set my alarm to go shoot a location on the east side my body didn't decided to wake up til the alarm was turning OFF!! Yikes! With not enough time to drive I quickly had to make a plan B. I quickly pulled up my Photographer's Ephemeris (MUST HAVE APP!) and realized the sun would be just a the edge of my composition limits for this spot. And off we go.

The road down to here....mostly fine...until the end where I constantly heard myself saying "what are you doing, how are you going to get back" (not 4wd car). Doesn't matter...get to location and figure it out.

Now this spot while incredible offers a series of serious challenges. To get the amount of water necessary for the waterfall/hole effect the waves need to be big enough. And second the trade winds blow AT you. Fun.

Another thing you might notice is that this is shot at 16mm...which, might be kinda dumb if I wasn't paying attention. Who needs coffee at 630am when you have LARGE waves to wake you up.

I was anchored in as much as I could to my spot, composition was on (notice rocks/lines as visual leaders) and then the bigger waves started coming in. Yea, grab the tripod and scurry! Which is problematic because I want more water falling in in the back left side.

Alas the best photo of the morning was this one just before the sun poked up but I will be back for sure...and hopefully with a spotter (read: person holding me with a rope attached).

THANKS!
aF

Tech: 1.6s, 16mm, 3stop RGND
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"Where Kings Bathed"

I love this spot and for some reason I've never actually photographed it. Was on a photo tour with a client and after getting him set up got a chance to set the shot and wait for an incoming set. The sun slipped behind a cloud but with all that was going on everything was illuminated well. 3stop Reverse GND was used to control the sky and tiny bit of blend for the rocks on the left to soften the grad line.

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