Pamela Hoaglund  

Mystic Sea by Pamela Hoaglund

April 2021 - Mystic Sea

April 2021 - Pamela Hoaglund


About the Image(s)

This week I had a challenge to shoot “slow shutter.” A friend and I (social distancing) did a day trip to the Cape Disappointment area of southwestern WA. This image was taken in the morning when this area was still in shade as it faces west. In the original image you can see the lighthouse on the cliff and also the height of the cliffs in this bay. In severe weather and high tide huge waves crash into the cliffs and many photographers gather here to photography the dramatic waves. On this day the sea was pretty calm. As I looked at the images on the computer I wasn’t very satisfied with what I captured until I did a tight crop on the waves washing up on the cliff face. To me this edited image, with a slow shutter speed, gave a mystical feeling to the scene. Sony 7RM3, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 lens, ISO 50, 4 sec, f/11. Basic editing in ON1 2021 and I ran it through Topaz AI Clear.

9 comments posted

Ally Green   Ally Green
Certainly invokes a mystical feel highlighted by the movement of the waves almost in slow motion. An image to ponder for sure. I might have brought out a bit more detail in cliffs. I actually like the original with the Lighthouse adding to the drama.   Posted: 04/12/2021 16:31:12

Mike Cohen   Mike Cohen
I'm with Ally. It looks like you may have had to blend multiple exposures in order to capture the dynamic range of the scene. It looks to me like you exposed for the sky, which is what I would do as well, but that left the rest of the scene underexposed. They your interpretation cropped the sky out, leaving the underexposed rocks. This might have been a good opportunity to take a one shot for the waves, at a shutter speed that provided the sense of movement you were after, another slower speed to bring out the dark areas, and a faster exposure for the sky. Once taken, you do use LR or an HDR program or blend the images manually for complete control   Posted: 04/12/2021 18:02:31

LC Boros   LC Boros
I agree with Mike, but you may want to play with your tools with this image for practice. Try playing with the exposure values as well as Brightness/Clarity. Compositionally you might also want to play with various crops that keep the lighthouse as it adds interest and creates more story-telling possibilities.   Posted: 04/14/2021 15:44:10

Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
I appreciate all of the comments and your suggestions. In reality this is not an image I would have kept except my goal was just to do a slow shutter speed of the water movement. For me the rest of the scene that morning was very boring. It wasn't until I zoomed in on the waves hitting the rock face did I realize I had actually captured the action I was looking for. In hindsight I should have used a telephoto lens to isolate the water hitting the rocks. If it had been a dramatic scene that morning I would have bracketed my shots to capture the dynamic range.   Posted: 04/15/2021 00:05:26

Lisa Auerbach   Lisa Auerbach
I like your crop; although I also think the lighthouse is interesting. I think there is more interest if you raise shadows to feature the texture of the cliff. I'd also suggest cropping some of the smooth water from the bottom to pull focus on the crashing water. You have done a good job of pulling a small part from a large image.   Posted: 04/15/2021 07:32:49

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Pam, you have done exactly what we are supposed to do in this group...our goal is not to share winning images (unless of course there is a lesson to be lerned from doing so), but to share images that have challenged us and from which we can learn something. This scene cerytainly seems to have potential and I can imagine it in all different kinds of light and wave action. I have been through that area only once and have always thought it would be great to go back and try again! I can't add much to all the suggestions the others have given. There is a lot of "food for thought" in them. I hope you get a chance to capture this scene again and show us the results.   Posted: 04/15/2021 09:35:50
Pamela Hoaglund   Pamela Hoaglund
Thanks Sharon. That morning I had only one focus and that was the wave action. I didn't care about the lighthouse. On a different day and different circumstances I would shoot and process it differently.   Posted: 04/15/2021 09:41:56
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
I hope you will share more images of this scene. I would love to revisit that area.   Posted: 04/15/2021 10:12:11

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Those cliffs are very foreboding. The mist and ghostly rivellets that the water creates in dashing upon the rocks do produce a mystical affect, and certainly satisfy your challenge of slow shutter speed. I agree that the cliffs would benefit from additional detail. That looks like a place to revisit.   Posted: 04/22/2021 18:53:56


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