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Cliff House Sunset by Tony Tam

August 2019 - Cliff House Sunset

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in 2012 a Lands End Cliff House of San Francisco. This is a good place for watching and photographing of sunset. I used Nikon D200 with lens 0-300mm
Set at 217mm focus, f/11, 1/400. I had enhanced the sunset color tone in post processing

11 comments posted

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
(Group 4)
Tony, your direct shot into the setting sun is very dramatic, especially with that breaking wave bursting upwards. I think this image would make a very dramatic monochrome. I used a b/w layer in Photoshop to pull down the red and boost the yellow response from the top of the sun downwards (using a narrow gradient on the mask), and then a second b/w layer to pull down the red response on the sky to stop it blowing out. Finally I made a freehand selection of the sun and highlighted waves, featherd it well and used a Curves layer to boost the contrast to bring up the highlights. Hope you like it.   Posted: 08/09/2019 11:08:15
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Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Guy, I appreciated reading your comments about toning down the red value in Tony Tams Cliff House Sunset. I also found converting to b&w provided just as dynamic of an image as in color.   Posted: 08/14/2019 15:55:42
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
(Group 4)
Thanks Rich   Posted: 08/15/2019 05:20:10
Grace Lee   Grace Lee
Great thought and idea!!   Posted: 08/16/2019 05:40:27

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Very dramatic image. Looks like a stormy day. The birds are very good and the placement of them is good. I would get rid of the white areas at the top which look like a blown out area. Make them yellow. The monochrome that Guy did is also very good. The sun is centered which breaks a rule, but it is where it should be.   Posted: 08/10/2019 16:50:42

Barbara Mallon   Barbara Mallon
Great shot! The detail in the sun is amazing. Mine are always burned out. Were the birds there? Doesn't matter. Great unusaual composition! Thanks for the treat!   Posted: 08/10/2019 21:46:04

Les Tyler   Les Tyler
Looks like you were there a the perfect time. This could pass as a painting   Posted: 08/13/2019 12:42:53

Rich Sears   Rich Sears
Your imagery along with processing provide the viewer a wow moment, Tony. Your rendition of this sunset comes together well enough to overpower the two cardinal rules that were put to the side - centering the subject and composing the horizon line at about fifty percent. Glad you ignored them for the sure joy of reviewing this lovely image.

I also enjoyed reading the techniques used by Guy to pull down the red values.   Posted: 08/14/2019 15:51:34

Tony Tam   Tony Tam
Thank you all, special thanks Guy and Rich for valuable comments for my sunset image.
Guy, you pull down the red on the sky and emphasize the sun light irradiated to waves. Your tweaking created a new sunset image. You converting to B/W is a good way to express the stormy like environment. I also have a B/W version, but my is plain and your right away attracted my eyes.
Thank you Guy.   Posted: 08/15/2019 11:52:29
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
(Group 4)
Thanks Tony. Glad you like it.   Posted: 08/16/2019 07:01:38

Paul McLaughlin   Paul McLaughlin
What a great image. I have been to Cliff House many times and never have I seen the ocean so dramatic. When I look at the picture there is some pre-historic about the color, the wildness of the ocean, and the lack of objects beyond the ocean and the birds...I like it a lot.
I enjoyed it as a black and white as well. The relatively straightforward conversation speaks to the power of the image.   Posted: 08/15/2019 12:05:33


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