Ed O’Rourke  

Abstract on the Beach by Ed O’Rourke

September 2020 - Abstract on the Beach

September 2020 - Ed O’Rourke


About the Image(s)

Encouraged by the B&W's shown here, like Paul's from last month, I've decided to try one of my own. This was from the same hike on the beach were I got my August photo, where I was working to do everything in full manual mode. I had taken several images of this particular piece of driftwood from different angles and I chose this image based on the comments you gave me relative to my August photo. Not much post processing; I did some increase of shadows and decrease of highlights to make up for over/under exposure (a concern for beach photos on a bright day) and I did increase contrast. I also did a bit of cropping with a little spot removal, and of course I converted it to B&W.

It was shot with my Canon R, 24 - 105 RF lens set at 76.0mm; f/22; 1/100 s; and ISO of 250.

8 comments posted

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
Not much to say about the picture except I LOVE IT. The close crop and b&w works for the driftwood   Posted: 09/06/2020 15:01:57

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Thank you for including the original image Ed. I was fooled by the background as it appears at first to have a diagonal horizon line as opposed to the curve of wet sand. Being a B&W image is a definite plus in my opinion.   Posted: 09/08/2020 17:10:45

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
I copied your original and ran it through NIK Collection, hoping to get greater contrast and texture...hope you don't mind!   Posted: 09/09/2020 12:20:27
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Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Paul, I love it! Now I have a task to see how my Linux software can achieve the same kind of results you got. Thanks   Posted: 09/09/2020 13:19:47
Paul Smith   Paul Smith
I'm glad you like the filter   Posted: 09/09/2020 13:46:43
Jean Wu   Jean Wu
It is a nice image and even better with Paul's version!!   Posted: 09/16/2020 11:56:59

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
Very interesting piece of wood. I sort of like the original crop better (primarily the left side of the image), as it highlights the contrasting textures.

The light and shadows seem pretty harsh, was this taken in direct sunlight in the middle of the day?   Posted: 09/19/2020 08:36:27
Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Yes Jeff, this was taken in the afternoon on a bright sunny day
  Posted: 09/19/2020 12:49:32


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