Mark Winter  


Point Reyes by Mark Winter

January 2020 - Point Reyes

About the Image(s)

Sony A7RIV, with 16-35mm F2.8, set at 30mm. ISO 100, f22, 10 seconds using NISI ND filters and grad.

This seascape was taken in December in CA north of Point Reyes, which is north of San Francisco. It was later in the day and I noticed that although the waves were rather large, there was a nice calming look to the waves as they receded on the black sand beach, and some of it was enhanced by the warmth of the low sun setting. I wanted to capture that movement and calmness, so I went to ND filters to extend the exposure time. I also shot at F22, which I rarely do to try to get front to back sharpness.

In post I put a exposure lowering grad on the left and a slight grad on the right to help focus attention on the center rocks and waves on the beach. I added some texture and clarity along with some vibrance. I also warmed to photo slightly.


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15 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
This is a very interesting scene. Your choice of the exposure grad filter was a really good one. I like the darkening effect on the left leading to the brighter part on the right. I might add some contrast to the center part of the sky to help bring out those clouds just a bit as that would act like a frame to bring more attention to the beach and the water.

The choice of the aperture and the slow shutter really make this scene special. You really did manage to produce a calming feel to the image. The blues you managed in the water on the left add a great deal to the image and continue the feel of darkness on the left. That worked quite well. The diagonal slant of the water running out to see add motion in what otherwise would be a static image. The textures in the foreground sand add to the frame.

This is quite well done.
All of your choices worked.

You might try bringing down the highlights just a touch so there is a little bit of detail in the white water on the right. But that is a makers choice.   Posted: 01/09/2020 10:35:45

Mark Winter   Mark Winter
Larry,

Thanks for the comments!   Posted: 01/11/2020 18:05:54

Richard Matheny   Richard Matheny
Really cool shot Mark. I like the serenity of the scene, makes me want to be there. I don't know that there is much I would change about the photo. You have done a bangup job in post and the use of ND filters was spot on. Maybe if I was to try something it would be to add some drama to the sky but that may have distracted from the beauty of the beach. I like it as is. Good work.   Posted: 01/14/2020 09:03:27

Mark Winter   Mark Winter
Richard,

Thanks for the comments. Yes, I did play with the sky a little but it did seem to detract from the feel I was shooting for.   Posted: 01/14/2020 09:33:59

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Mark
Your image is playing with the concept of High Key. That concept lets the image get away with a partially white sky.

You chose to keep your sky nearly white and that is supported by the right side with the white water. You are the maker, so if you want that white feeling---then it works well in this shot. Or you can bring out some detail in the center of the sky if you feel that will direct the eye back to the main subject. You get to make the choice.   Posted: 01/14/2020 20:57:11

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
I agree with the comments. It's a serene shot. Since it's a sunset shot, I would have tried warming the image up a bit and lightening the shadows on the rocks. Also, did you consider black and white on this one, going for more contrast and drama? This might be a good alternate take on a fine shot.   Posted: 01/16/2020 14:24:55
Mark Winter   Mark Winter
Michael,

Thanks for the comments! Yes, so many ways I could go with this. I did not try B&W, so that is an interesting thought, I will try that.   Posted: 01/17/2020 07:32:06

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Mark, this is a beautiful shot of the ocean and waves. There are a lot of great features and leading lines in this scene. The one major distraction is the tower on the bluff in the background. You could clone that out. Your choice of exposure is beautifully done at 10 sec. I just learned about the 500 rule. Where you take the lens length your are shoot from and divide 500 by it - 500/30 = 16.6 sec. You may have been able to get a bit more softening of the water at 16 sec. Something to play with.. I know I am going to try.

Your foreground is detailed and I love the curved lines from the foreground rock arching to the left and leading the eyes back to the water to the rock with the bird on it. The two rock features in the water in the center have either specific rock croppings or other birds perched right at the top of them. I can feel the water and breeze right now.

I did play with this one a bit. Using LR I created a B&W and did some adjustments with the color profiles and then converted back to color. This decreased the exposure to -0.04, increased contract +7, decreased highlights -10, added shadows +41, added white +10 and decreased blacks -15. I also cropped it down a bit more to 16x9. Would love to hear your thoughts as well.   Posted: 01/18/2020 09:08:02

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Mark, this is a beautiful shot of the ocean and waves. There are a lot of great features and leading lines in this scene. The one major distraction is the tower on the bluff in the background. You could clone that out. Your choice of exposure is beautifully done at 10 sec. I just learned about the 500 rule. Where you take the lens length your are shoot from and divide 500 by it - 500/30 = 16.6 sec. You may have been able to get a bit more softening of the water at 16 sec. Something to play with.. I know I am going to try.

Your foreground is detailed and I love the curved lines from the foreground rock arching to the left and leading the eyes back to the water to the rock with the bird on it. The two rock features in the water in the center have either specific rock croppings or other birds perched right at the top of them. I can feel the water and breeze right now.

I did play with this one a bit. Using LR I created a B&W and did some adjustments with the color profiles and then converted back to color. This decreased the exposure to -0.04, increased contract +7, decreased highlights -10, added shadows +41, added white +10 and decreased blacks -15. I also cropped it down a bit more to 16x9. Would love to hear your thoughts as well.   Posted: 01/18/2020 09:10:05
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Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
What interests me is your point about conversion to B&W and back to color version. For some reason, I thought that wouldn't impact as the settings would be different for color version and B&W version (which gets re-set after I make the shift back and forth). Will try that on one of my images soon. Thanks Todd!   Posted: 01/20/2020 08:35:14
Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Hi Madu,

This is something I learned during one of my CreativeLive classes I purchased and I also have heard it on a one of the podcasts I listen to.   Posted: 01/25/2020 07:23:47
Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
Interesting Todd. Would you mind sharing the details of those CreativeLive classes or podcasts pls?   Posted: 01/30/2020 03:26:58

Mark Winter   Mark Winter
Todd,

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions! Interesting way to process, converting to B&W and then back to color. Is that so that you can see the tones easier? Also, I am familiar with a 500 rule, but the one I use is for taking night sky photos. It defines the longest you can shoot stars without star trails.   Posted: 01/18/2020 15:22:25
Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Hi Mark,

I learned about this through Mark Muench's CreativeLive classes as well as listenting to ReCompose Podcast with Mark Muench, Andy Williams and Juan Pons and their Astrophotography podcast June 2019.   Posted: 01/25/2020 07:26:51

Madhusudhan Srinivasan   Madhusudhan Srinivasan
This is a beautiful greeting card image with a nice message on it Mark. :)
I loved the PP by Todd as his image looks even more attractive with right contrast and details in those clouds on top right corner. IMO, I would have reduced a bit of highlights in that white sky area and increased the contrast to make the clouds more dramatic. I see that coming out in Todd's processing to certain extent.   Posted: 01/20/2020 08:34:41