Darin Hlavinka  

Canon Beach Haystack Rock by Darin Hlavinka

October 2020 - Canon Beach Haystack Rock

About the Image(s)

Taken with Canon 5D Mark IV with 100-400mm lens on tripod. Settings: iso 50, 255mm, f/22 at 1/13 sec. Taken on the Oregon Coast last weekend, Ecola State Park, in between rain storms. Processed using Camera Raw, Converted to B&W in PS, color sliders adjusted, taken into Luminar 4 for dodging and burning. Taken back into LR for sharpening and noise reduction then back into PS for the addition of the borders.

10 comments posted

Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
You might try lightening the tree a little bit, to give it some detail as it seems flat. The rocks are interesting.   Posted: 10/17/2020 09:56:18

Bob Laster   Bob Laster
Great mood and creative eye. Needs a Haiku with it.   Posted: 10/17/2020 15:35:40
Darin Hlavinka   Darin Hlavinka
Good suggestion. I had to google Haiku :)

  Posted: 10/23/2020 08:51:28

Abe Chen   Abe Chen
A great feeling of atmosphere in this B/W image. I like the trees in foreground which frames the haystack rock and adds some interest. It's certainly very sharp. I did notice that you named "Haystack Rock" as a title. To make the main subject stand out, I took the liberty of applying LR to adjust sea level, increase contrast and clarity, and do cropping. Here is new version.   Posted: 10/19/2020 23:41:41
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Darin Hlavinka   Darin Hlavinka
Good suggestions. However, I think the branch on the left (on its own) should be removed.   Posted: 10/23/2020 08:53:20

Audrey Waitkus   Audrey Waitkus
I especially like the way the slope of the shore and the trees frame the rock and its partners. And you can almost feel the fog around you softening everything. What really take this to another level for me is the waves coming in to the shore on the lower left, just barely anchoring the scene in reality in the midst of the fog.   Posted: 10/20/2020 18:13:27
Darin Hlavinka   Darin Hlavinka
Thanks   Posted: 10/23/2020 08:53:53

Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
A wonderful B&W with great composition. I like the moody feel the fog gives the image. I also agree with Abe on his adjustment but think he went a bit to far in cropping. I took it into Lightroom and adjusted the whites and blacks and cropped. I then went into Photoshop and removed the remaining parts of the big tree on the left. See thumbnail.   Posted: 10/22/2020 10:53:58
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Darin Hlavinka   Darin Hlavinka
Good suggestions. Thanks   Posted: 10/23/2020 08:55:19

Darin Hlavinka   Darin Hlavinka
Thanks for all the comments. For me the most simplistic version is probably the favorite. The suggestions are appreciated.   Posted: 10/23/2020 08:49:08


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