Jean Wu  

Natural Bridge State Beach (Santa Cruz, CA) by Jean Wu

May 2020 - Natural Bridge State Beach (Santa Cruz, CA)

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken late afternoon at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California. I used Canon EOS 7D and Canon EF24-70mm f.2.8L II USM lenses. I used AV mode with f/7.1 and ISO 400. I didn’t check my setting carefully and misused ‘spot’ metering mode. It would be better to use center weighted metering mode. I used PS for post processing. No cropping.

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6 comments posted

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Hi Jean, the people in your photograph work as a nice leading line to the Natural Bridge rock. Added to that, your use of "Three's" with the people is very effective. Then the foreground person is wearing a bright red sweatshirt. Your couldn't have planned this any better. I feel your framing is perfect too. Everything came together perfectly.   Posted: 05/10/2020 17:59:12
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks so much for you nice comment!!   Posted: 05/11/2020 08:48:59

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I like the way this photo combines several elements and they all, in my opinion, work well together; the arch rock, the waves crashing on it, the birds resting on the top of the rock and the people on the beach. I think the color is well balanced, and I agree with Dan regarding the impact of the child with the red sweatshirt. For me the focus is right on with good depth of field. I am also impressed with the lighting as both the highlights and shadows seem to have good detail with no over or under exposed areas.

  Posted: 05/12/2020 14:56:30
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
Thanks for your nice comment!! I used PS adjustment layers to bring up the highlight/shadow. It was my luck to capture the image at the right moment while these people playing at the beach. As Dan said, I couldn't have planned this any better.   Posted: 05/12/2020 20:40:49

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Well done Jean. The people add scale and lead my eye to the sea stack. The birds perched on the rock add interest for me and prevent my attention from wandering off the image.   Posted: 05/17/2020 12:19:42

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
My first impression of the photograph is it is fresh and crisp. It seems that everyone is enjoying the beach. My eye started at the reflection of the red sweatshirt and it drew my eye in. Good leading lines.   Posted: 05/27/2020 20:53:38