Emily Kawasaki  

EMPTY BEACH by Emily Kawasaki

May 2020 - EMPTY BEACH

About the Image(s)

Date: JAN 31, 2020 at 7:10pm Pacific Time
Location: Dockweiler Beach, Los Angeles, CA
F-stop: f9
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure time: 1/100 sec
Focal length: 16
35mm focal length: 24
Device: SONY ILCE-5000
Editing: only "Auto-Enhance"
Editing software: Polarr Photo Editor

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8 comments posted

W. Neil Jones   W. Neil Jones
I love the feel of an empty beach. The execution with your wide-angle lens is right on. Detail in the foreground helps pull the viewer through the photograph, well done. If you have access to post-processing software, a suggestion would be to try and enhance the detail in the foreground and sky by playing around with the contrast and color saturation. Here is my attempt at an interpretation, but I like your original as presented.   Posted: 05/10/2020 20:33:00
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Emily Kawasaki
Thank you. I have been looking for more opportunities to shoot with a wide angle lens, so this was a perfect day for that. I like your edit. It really brings out the sky/clouds and shows Catalina Island more clearly.   Posted: 05/19/2020 09:32:52

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
An appropriate photo for this time in our lives, although you may have taken it before the restrictions were in place. I like the photo and Neil's suggestion but I think his sky is a little too bright for my tastes.   Posted: 05/11/2020 08:40:28
Emily Kawasaki
Thank you. I took it on JAN 31, 2020 in Los Angeles, before everything closed down. However, I have noticed on both coasts that many people tend not to go to the beach outside of the 'normal' beach season of Memorial Day to Labor Day, even though beaches are accessible, clean, and empty. However, I cannot complain as I prefer to shoot when no people are around/in my photos. So, I actually try to avoid going during "beach season" if possible.   Posted: 05/19/2020 09:36:27

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
(Group 5)
Empty indeed--as have been most beaches in the US.Nice colours here but I would warn against cutting an image in half, judges are most likely to fault an image that is 50/50 Since the FG is more interesting I would tend to crop the sky.   Posted: 05/13/2020 14:34:23

Marti Buckely   Marti Buckely
(Group 22)
I found the tracks quite interesting so I cropped the sky as Barbara mentioned and removed the house and some of the bottom to hopefully bring more attention to the tracks.
I do like W. Neil's rendition as well.   Posted: 05/20/2020 13:41:51
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Emily Kawasaki
Thank you for your suggestion. I sometimes worry about oversharpening images, as it's a delicate balance and easy to overdo. However, as you mentioned, the tracks in the sand are the focus of the middleground. So, it makes sense to crop the sky and work on bringing out those details more.   Posted: 05/20/2020 14:07:18

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
I really like Marti's enhancement. The cropping brings more emphasis on the beach and the added emphasis on the greenery works very well.   Posted: 05/20/2020 19:06:58