Trinda Love  

On the Beach by Trinda Love

May 2020 - On the Beach

About the Image(s)

I shot this on the Oregon Coast south of Newport on March 7th before I was grounded by the stay at home order here in Washington State.

I used my Nikon Z7 mirrorless with my 28-300mm lens. (I love this lens John!!) This was shot at 40mm, at 1/400 of a second to get everything sharp and stop any movement of waves and the bird. I used an ISO of 100 and F7.1 for an aperture. I probably had the camera set on shutter speed because I had just come from shooting birds at the Newport aquarium and needed to stop action there. I can’t remember if I used the tripod but the shutter was fast enough if I didn’t.

As you can see it was a stunning day, raining earlier at the aquarium but now sunny with lots of gorgeous cloud action. The bird was posing for me for quite a long time and I waited for him to turn his head. I brought out the dark side of the rocks a bit with Camera Raw, lighten shadows. I used the Nik suite to add contrast and sharpen things up a bit. I didn’t need to move anything or really do much because it was so perfect.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Mike Patterson   Mike Patterson
Great shot. Now I'll go "Art Wolfe" on you. I think he'd suggest you've got the perfect elements for an even better composition. That is, by getting much lower and shooting so that you were almost on the same level as the gull. Then, make the gull a much more dominate fixture in the image.   Posted: 05/10/2020 16:00:35
Trinda Love   Trinda Love
Interesting concept, Mike. I was behind a guard rail when I shot this. I don't know if the gull would have stayed still if I approached but that's an idea I'll consider another outing.   Posted: 05/26/2020 19:42:57

Gordon Saperia   Gordon Saperia
Very nice shot. There's al lttle too much contrast in the sky for me but that's personal taste.   Posted: 05/17/2020 10:15:40

John Zhu   John Zhu
I love the stacked stories: bird, rock, wave, and the sky. It's cool to put them all together. I agree with Gordon, a bit strong cloud color. By the way, I finally switched to 24-70 f2.8 lens when shooting in the dark for Bioluminescence. But the PS is more useful to get rid of noises.   Posted: 05/20/2020 19:33:18

Theresa Rice   Theresa Rice
I see a "Z" in the tide line, the rocks leading toward the sky, and the clouds leading back to the left of the frame - very cool! It's a gorgeous image.

I agree that the color in the sky is a bit intense, but it makes the image really pop.   Posted: 05/20/2020 22:19:05
Trinda Love   Trinda Love
Thanks Theresa, I really love the "pop" and on a bright clear day with a mirrorless camera and a polarizer, it was intensly blue. I did add sharpening but straight out of camera in jpeg was gorgeous too.   Posted: 05/26/2020 19:49:53

Marla Henry   Marla Henry
I though it was a nice photo but needed a bit of focus. I added a vignette in PS to put the attention on the rocks.   Posted: 05/22/2020 20:50:39
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Trinda Love   Trinda Love
I can see how that changes the focus here, Marla.   Posted: 05/26/2020 19:48:21

Nancie Clark   Nancie Clark
It's really a dramatic shot. I love all the elements and they really place you there. The seagull sitting there seems like he appreciating the scene as well. haha I love the different phases of the movement of the water.

The large rock on the left seems a bit light to me. It feels like a light flare is shining on it. I might darken it to match the top of the rock in front of it?

Great shot! You captured it beautifully!!   Posted: 05/25/2020 18:42:21
Trinda Love   Trinda Love
Thanks Nancie, I'll take a look at that.   Posted: 05/26/2020 19:47:23