George R Phile  

Overcast Coast by George R Phile

November 2019 - Overcast Coast

November 2019 - George R Phile


About the Image(s)

My wife and I drove from Monterrey to Morrow Bay California and I took this image on the way. It was hand held with a Nikon D810, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 zoom at 90mm, 1/500sec, f/7.1. I used Topaz Denoise to get rid of noise in the sky made some edits in Adobe Lightroom Classic. Topaz Denoise smoothed out the mountains in the background but, to me, that is acceptable in this image.

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6 comments posted

Michael Jack   Michael Jack
An incredible drive captured and documented by the composition of your image. I really like the "multiple 'S'" curves and the repetitive points of land receding into the distance. The bridge adds a real point of interest and is well placed. I like the sharpness and DOF you captured through the bridge. Just my own personal preference is not to have the distant mountains and trees denoised as much as in this image because they seem unnaturally soft to my eyes. Some suggestions: I would think about bumping clarity and saturation a bit and cloning out the parking area in the bottom right hand corner of the image. I confess to being an extreme cropper so I would consider removing about 1/3 of the sky.   Posted: 11/10/2019 19:42:49
George R Phile   George R Phile
Michael, I thought about getting rid of the parking area in the lower right but decided that it would leave little room for the bridge. I actually like the hills in the background blurred some which,to me, accentuates the foreground hills.   Posted: 11/13/2019 14:34:45

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
Interesting composition with eight repeating "fingers" that are fading out in the distance. Good use of DOF. The road and the bridge tie the whole thing together. Personally I would like some more contrast and darkening the foreground to emphasise the DOF. I agree with Michael that the softness of the distant mountains is not quite natural.   Posted: 11/13/2019 15:15:34

Bill Peake   Bill Peake
This is a wonderful image. Is this the coast road? I made a trip up the coast road from LA to San Fransisco in the late 80's and I really want to do it again. I love the bridge and the water. In addition to the changes suggested, you could bump up the saturation and vibrance a bit an the water and selectively on the fore and midground rocks and foliage. You might also consider masking the sky and experimenting with the contrast on that to bring out a little more detail on the clouds.   Posted: 11/14/2019 22:09:48

Richard White   Richard White
Good place to take the photo. Many people take this photo from the location bare spot and miss the rest of the scene. Like the composition and the roads which lead the viewers eye to the bridge and then continues on the the mountains. I agree with Arne you need to get some more depth by darken in the foreground. Nice photo.   Posted: 11/16/2019 11:33:21

Le Tho Giao   Le Tho Giao
Your photo makes me green with envy. I always want to be in the area for a shot of the bridge, which is fairly iconic for the California coast line, but have not been able to do so. Your photo truky depicts the climate and wheather pattern of this area that intrigues many photographers. I like the composition, but love to see a little bit more of the bridge span. Technically speaking, I agree with most of the suggestion from our fellow members.   Posted: 11/24/2019 13:56:18