Arik Gorban  

Rialto Beach in Fog by Arik Gorban

March 2023 - Rialto Beach in Fog

March 2023 - Arik Gorban


About the Image(s)

This picture was taken in the mid-afternoon. Dense fog stayed in place all day. The fog and the clouds made the scenes dramatic and beautiful. I took standard and IR pictures. I had my Canon Powershot G10 point and shoot camera that was converted with a 720nm filter. The scene was shot at ISO 100, F4, 1/250 sec, and -0.67 EV. F4 gives a wide DOF due to the G10’s small sensor. Post processing included a few adjustments in ACR, then noise reduction and a conversion to B&W with tonal adjustments in NIK Silver Efex Pro.

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12 comments posted

Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Great subject for IR and your image shows why. IR and fog work really well together. I do find your composition to be really busy and I found my eye drawn to the stand of trees in the center. I did a tighter crop and added a vignette. Let me know what you think.   Posted: 03/01/2023 16:13:54
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Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thanks Henry for reworking the picture. Your version provides a cleaner composition. I wanted to include the dead trees that are still standing and more of the fog along the beach, which was the main story here, but I see your point about the distraction. I would make your version a bit brighter and make the fog whiter.
  Posted: 03/02/2023 07:27:10

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Arik
"WOW". A beautiful image depicting mood and drama. It has been nicely composed and processed. That shaft of highlight in the middle right is a bonus. Like it lots.
On a minor note, would you possibly consider flipping the image. Just a humble suggestion!   Posted: 03/01/2023 23:36:08
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Palli. I often flip images to make a left-to-right flow. I don't do it when the scene is a recognizable location, as in this case. Rialto Beach is a national park.
  Posted: 03/02/2023 07:29:40

Gary Potts   Gary Potts
Hi Arik,

What a mood! I love the composition. What's needed for me is a greater effect of the fog, and to that end, I have applied Graduated Fog from Nik Color Efex Pro. I also slightly darkened the foreground driftwood to give them a bit more dimension and least through my 'lens' on this famous beach. See what you think.
Gary   Posted: 03/02/2023 08:54:16
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Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thanks, Gary. I like it.
  Posted: 03/02/2023 09:00:27

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
It's beautiful, Arik. It's not just the fog, but the mood created by the different trees, including the dead ones, that makes this, which is why I prefer your original version to those attempted by our colleagues. It's as if there is a story being told of trees dying. I also like the slight sepia or warming. The only thing I might have done differently, would be to have pointed the camera up just a tad, as there's just a bit more foreground than necessary to my taste, but perhaps you wanted to include the large log in front.   Posted: 03/05/2023 11:46:51
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thanks. Henry's tighter version looks a bit cleaner. I may try to crop the foreground but leave the rest.   Posted: 03/08/2023 13:22:52

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

Nice work I like just the way it is


Emil   Posted: 03/08/2023 12:26:00
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Emil.   Posted: 03/08/2023 13:21:09

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Arik
This is such a fabulous place for photography. I like your view point, looking back at the tree line. Of course the fog makes the picture. Even though Henry presents a tighter image which simplifies it even more, yours really shows what the beach is like and I really appreciate that.   Posted: 03/08/2023 16:33:43
Arik Gorban   Arik Gorban
Thank you, Melanie.   Posted: 03/09/2023 07:11:03