Emmy Denton  


Sweeny Ridge View of Pacifica Fog Bank by Emmy Denton

September 2020 - Sweeny Ridge View of Pacifica Fog Bank

About the Image(s)

Nikon D3200;
Nikon 18mm-55mm
55 mm
f/20
ISO 200
4 SEC

Pacifica is a city near San Fransisco that is known for its fog.
Sweeny Ridge used to be a Nike Missile sight that was abandoned in 1974.
Now the old roads are trails and its a nice to spend a few hours hiking around.

I used a neutral density filter to help accentuate the fog. I cropped the image into a panorama. In the foreground are some bushes that were super blurred, because it was super windy, that I heavily cropped.
It was edited in LR and PS. In LR I used the gradient filters to darken the sky and the foreground.
I also used the radial filter and the adjustment brush filter in LR to dodge and burn.
I removed the lenses spots in PS and removed a blurred branch from a bush that was covering some of the highlighted houses.

I think fog is an ideal candidate for BW.


6 comments posted




Bernie Groome   Bernie Groome
When I first look I get the sense that the fog is moving in. I agree that the BW works well here.   Posted: 09/07/2020 14:04:36



Dianne Arrigoni   Dianne Arrigoni
Emmy what a nice vantage point you have here. I love taking pictures of the fog. I like how it seems to be zig zagging right and left from top to bottom. I do get the feeling it is tilted down on the right side a bit. Maybe and optical illusion. Also the dark foreground is drawing my eye to that area over and over. Can you dodge it a bit? Boy could we use the fog now!   Posted: 09/07/2020 19:52:34



Damon Williams   Damon Williams
Good job on the fog Emmy. I think your use of layering (from the bottom up) goes a long way to creating that sense of three dimensionality that we're looking for in a landscape. I think some folks would whine about no foreground detail (I don't miss it here), but I don't think that's always required, or advisable. I think the whole image is very crisp, and given the wind you mention, wasn't easy. I like the tonality, but don't think it would hurt if you added some global exposure to achieve a greater range (as long as it didn't ruin your nice, dark foreground).

Tell me more about using the ND filter to accentuate the fog. I don't think I would've thought of that and am not sure how/why it works.

Two things here magnetically draw my eye to them. 1) the power line tower on the ridge which for me just clashes with everything else in the image and 2) the bright houses in the lower right, especially that arc of houses. Of course, those things were in the frame, and there' nothing you could do about it. But, a little post-processing magic can easily manage both of those, if you wanted to.   Posted: 09/07/2020 20:05:14



Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
I first saw this on my ipad and found the lights in the houses distracting but when I put it on my computer this morning for a larger viewing, I love them. I like how they curve and echo the curves of the hills. I think you did a great job with bringing out the fog with your dodging and burning. It is such a marvelous capture of the fog around SF. I do think it is a bit tilted right...visible in the tower as well and I'd love to see it with a bit more contrast just for comparison. Maybe I will go play with it. Personally I'd crop out the two tiny clouds. I don't think they add and they are a bit distracting. I would love to hear more re use of ND filter for fog. I've never tried that.   Posted: 09/08/2020 12:57:26



Jane Pittenger   Jane Pittenger
Just for fun...I used a curves layer to increase the contrast a tad (but maybe lost some of the fog in the process?), cloned out the clouds, straightened based on the tower, and added some denoising   Posted: 09/08/2020 13:19:08
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Richard Story   Richard Story
EMMY,
NICE CAPTURE OF THE FOG SLIPPING OVER THE HILLS.
REMINDS ME OF THE TIMES I LIVED IN THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS AS I WATCHED THE FOG SLIDE OVER THE FOOTHILL MOUNTAINS,ALWAYS REMINDED ME OF STRANDS OF ANGEL'S HAIR.
GOOD CHOOSE OF TURNING THIS TO A B/W.
THE USE OF AN ND FILTER HELPS ALLOW YOU TO USE THE LONGER SHUTTER SPEED, ADDING TO THE MOVEMENT OF THE FOG, GOOD CHOOSE THERE ALSO.
YOU MENTIONED THE WIND BEING A PROBLEM, AND I THINK THAT'S EVIDENT IN THE FACT AS YOU LOOK CLOSELY THE IMAGES SEEM SOFT AND BLURRING.
THE OTHERS HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED THE TOWER AND THE SLIGHT LEAN TO THE RIGHT,OF COURSE THAT I EASILY HANDLED IN PS OR LR
A REALLY SOLID TRIPOD IS A MUST TO HELP GET A SHARP IMAGE, BUT EVEN IN REALLY STRONG WINDS THAT'S DIFFICULT.
BY THE WAY WHICH ND FILTER DID YOU USE?

  Posted: 09/13/2020 09:45:21



 

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