Bob Rosenberg  

Devils Slide by Bob Rosenberg

April 2021 - Devils Slide

About the Image(s)

This is a photo of a WWII coastal defense lookout station. Several of them were built along the California coast to be spotting stations for any attacking ships. If the ship could be sighted by 2 of these stations, long range artillery could be triangulated on it to destroy the vessel. I took about 50 photos that day in manual mode, walking all around the structure. I liked this view since it shows a bit of ocean too. Post was done in Lightroom Classic with adjustments to Tone and Presence.

16 comments posted

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I was attracted by the colourful graffiti on the wall. Without your information I have no idea what this building is. It is nice that you have included the ocean, though I hope to see more of it. Is this side of the defence station facing the coast?   Posted: 04/07/2021 02:23:42
Bob Rosenberg   Bob Rosenberg
Thanks Tony. I shot this from the back left corner, so the front is facing the ocean (which you can see a glimpse of).   Posted: 04/07/2021 21:29:33

Bob Benson   Bob Benson
The color, contrast, and textures are great. I think you may also have some pictures within pictures here with the graffiti on the walls.   Posted: 04/07/2021 10:38:12
Bob Rosenberg   Bob Rosenberg
Thanks Bob. You are right about pictures in pictures here. That said, however, I'm pretty anti-graffiti. We have so much of it here in California and while they like to use a word that makes it seem innocent ("tag"), I refer to it only as vandalism. :)   Posted: 04/07/2021 21:31:48

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
What a weird looking building, which I would not have understood without your explanation. The graffiti adds color where it is needed.   Posted: 04/07/2021 11:13:38
Bob Rosenberg   Bob Rosenberg
Well, it does add color. See my response to Bob above. I think it would have been a more powerful photo if the building had been untouched.   Posted: 04/07/2021 21:32:52

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Really like the bold, colorful graffiti. I think a closer crop from almost any angle would make interesting images. One side looks like an animal to me. It must look like that to others, too, because they drew an ear on it!
Your title mentions a slide, but I'm not seeing it. If it's the path in the foreground going up the right and under the building, I'd keep more of it in the frame to emphasize it. I'm guessing the name is given by those frequenting the spot and practicing E-biking (?)

These appear along the Atlantic, too, and at a Delaware beach we visit. Ours are rounded towers formerly used in WWII to scout for enemy ships and submarines.   Posted: 04/07/2021 17:05:03
Bob Rosenberg   Bob Rosenberg
I wondered about that shape too and why they built it that way. The area is called Devil's Slide because there is a coastal road that runs just a bit behind the building and parts of it often fall into the sea in this area, closing the road for months. A couple of years ago, they re-routed the road inland a bit which required the digging of two tunnels beneath the coastal hill that is there.   Posted: 04/07/2021 21:36:20
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
That's all interesting, especially that they rerouted and dug tunnels! No need to go on, but I wonder why they don't take it down if it's such a problem. Glad they haven't so you can have the benefit of photos!   Posted: 04/08/2021 18:07:28
Bob Rosenberg   Bob Rosenberg
Thanks Belinda. It's not the structure in the photo that causes the road to fail. It's just that the road was built on the side of a coastal hill and rain will frequently loosen the soil beneath the road and cause it to slip into the sea. It's always a different part of the road, usually less that a hundred yards long or so.   Posted: 04/09/2021 17:58:04

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
A very interesting mix of landscape, man-made structure, and graffities, which in a way tells a story. I keep looking at the lookout station and I keep seeing the head of an animal, which is good. I find very appealing the contrast between the rock and the construction. I didn't notice at first, but when I read your description, I wanted to see a little more of the ocean, to provide more context to the photo. You have a dirt spot in the sky, one fifth from the right and a little over the rock, just remove it.   Posted: 04/07/2021 18:56:03
Bob Rosenberg   Bob Rosenberg
I wanted to get more sea in this image but the rock that the structure is on forces an upward camera angle. There are several spots on the rock to scramble up, but I decided not to risk it. I noticed the spot too and have since cleaned it on the camera. Too late to get the photo though. Sigh . .   Posted: 04/07/2021 21:38:48
Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
You can just remove the spots. Cloning should work.   Posted: 04/08/2021 18:10:45
Bob Rosenberg   Bob Rosenberg
Thanks. I have Lightroom and Photoshop - both make it easy to remove spots like this. I just meant that it's too late to fix THIS photo since it's been submitted and posted. :)   Posted: 04/09/2021 17:58:59
Bob Benson   Bob Benson
But one of the great benefits of a study group- we get to find out about all the stuff we missed or could have made better!   Posted: 04/10/2021 08:45:03

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Love this image. Bob, I agree with you 200% on the benefits of a study group and the members of this group are the perfect example in commenting not only on the image but on each others comments.   Posted: 04/17/2021 20:22:25


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