Candy Childrey, PPSA  

Oregon sea stacks by Candy Childrey, PPSA

June 2020 - Oregon sea stacks

June 2020 - Candy Childrey, PPSA


About the Image(s)

f/22, 1/5 sec, iso 100, focal length 17mm on 4/3 sensor

Image was cropped and flipped after PS raw conversion. Clarity reduced to smooth water. Vignette, people left in to show scale. Second sunset sky added in soft light blend mode with opacity reduced to improve sky and reflection in water.

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11 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Wow, your sky really got much more interesting by adding your second sunset. Was it shot at the same time or in your collection?

And your famous flip! I have a hard time making out the people, I'm not sure they add much. Or could they be clarified a bit more?

Beautiful moment and smart to use clarity to calm your water.   Posted: 06/06/2020 15:55:01
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
The sky was one from my collection not shot at the same time.   Posted: 06/07/2020 12:53:00

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I have seen many pics of the scene. Yours is one of the nicer ones with the added sunset. I like the reduced clarity on the reflection but less so on the actual waves.   Posted: 06/06/2020 16:59:39

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
Candy, this is gorgeous. The added sky (yours or Luminar4?)really makes this image stand out. I wonder why you chose to flip it. While it is your absolute right to present any scene the way you see fit, I don't think you have achieved anything. You have also eliminated the natural lead in of the waves going from left to right. For those of us purists? who have been to Cannon Beach, it just doesn't feel right.
I happened to be reviewing these pictures from my visit in 2013 and offer it here for no particular reason!   Posted: 06/07/2020 11:18:33
Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Mervyn, I went back and revisited this image, before seeing your comments, and decided that the flip was not the best presentation. You are absolutely right that the wave lead in is eliminated. I did not use Luminar for the sky. It is my sky that I added not using a filter.   Posted: 06/07/2020 12:51:43

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
  Posted: 06/07/2020 11:19:04
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Gorgeous shot, Mervyn. Great catch on waves leading us.
  Posted: 06/13/2020 14:34:54

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
I love the changes that you made and the ones the others suggested. I do agree that flipping the photo does seem to help. The colors given by your new sunset really brings it together.   Posted: 06/10/2020 10:29:00

Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
As per usual you have created a very pleasing shot Candy. For some reason you seem to know just when to flip a shot and in this case it works well for me.The post production is always worth the the effort it helps make a shot.   Posted: 06/11/2020 23:32:13

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Candy,
I love your image and really like what you did with the sky. I am just wondering about the horizontal flip. Maybe I am too much of a purist, but the original is the way that I am used to see these rocks. I do not have any problem in flipping horizontaly animals in nature, maybe just because the animal itself can do it a few minutes later.
  Posted: 06/19/2020 17:20:47

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Pierre, I flipped the image to give the rocks a higher-left side-to lower-right side orientation. That said, the flip eliminated the leading line created by the wave motion. So I am not sure which is better. However, I have no problem flipping a landscape as long as it looks natural.   Posted: 06/30/2020 13:36:39