Dean Ginther  

El Matador Beach by Dean Ginther

February 2021 - El Matador Beach

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El Matador Beach, CA - a few years ago now. The only time I have even been to the California coast and got lucky with a great sunset. Lots of footprints in the sand but I don't mind them. Taken with my Pentax K-1 on a tripod 15-30 mm, F11, 1/45, ISO 100.

12 comments posted

Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Dean, this might be my favorite photo of yours! Great leading lines with the clouds and some great yellow/blue complementary colors. Being super picky, I am troubled by the little rock on the right, it seems to break the line to the sun. Perhaps a bit of opening the shadows on the far right to see a tad more beach and trees--not sure if it would help or hurt. Do you have your original to share? Gorgeous!   Posted: 02/04/2021 21:13:03
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Brenda. Attached is the unedited DNG exported to a jpg.   Posted: 02/05/2021 11:43:10
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Geoffrey Wiggins   Geoffrey Wiggins
Great treatment to bring out the colours the way you have. Great shot, I am not sure if the horizon is quite straight, it might be my eyes. Reflections in the water add to the pic. I must say that I have a thing about burnt out suns. I try to reduce the exposure to avoid this and bring up the other details in one of the processing programs.   Posted: 02/06/2021 18:47:11

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
The clouds in the sky certainly add to the beauty of this image. You have nice detail in the receding water. I might crop some off of the right side to bring the main large rock out of the center of the image. You have captured a beautiful color palette.   Posted: 02/10/2021 13:17:11
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Candy.
  Posted: 02/10/2021 14:03:03

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
What a great composition. The clods lead my eye from top left, around a curve to the sun burst and central rock. The bright sun does not bother me. I also like the colors captured in the foreground water.
My only suggestion is to open up the shadows in the cliffs on the right.   Posted: 02/12/2021 13:53:44
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Mervyn   Posted: 02/12/2021 15:23:13

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
This is a nice photo. I am unsure if the horizon is straight or not. R reference I'm looking at the horizon line on the left. I do think the edit was well done based on the original image. I personally think that the cliffs(with the dark shadows) are fine and actually add to the image.   Posted: 02/17/2021 11:27:48
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
Thanks Jacob.
  Posted: 02/17/2021 15:15:41

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
(Group 28)
A delightful sunset, especially the colors and the sunrays on the foreground stone. Well-done.   Posted: 02/25/2021 09:00:47

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Hi Dean,
Nice shot, composition and treatment.
Also nice starburst with f/11. I believe that your sensor allow you that great range of illumination.
With such a contrast in the scene between really bright and very dark I would have bracketed this image (probably 5 shots - -3, -2, -1, 0 and +1). Once you look at your raw files, you can determine if you need to combine some of them or not. Going down to -3 would reduce the risk of having the sun potentially burning your pixels and going up to +1 can help increasing details in the dark areas. Another way around would be to use a hard (or a smooth) neutral density filter to lower the light intensity above the horizon.
Very nice work. Love the results regardless how you achieved it.   Posted: 02/26/2021 15:17:44
Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther

I usually bracket all my sunsets. I can't remember if this is a composite of three or not; I don't think so.   Posted: 02/26/2021 15:22:36


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