Jerry Paskowitz  

Untitled by Jerry Paskowitz

September 2020 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

This image was captured in La Jolla, CA in January 2020, the last trip I was able to take prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. My wife and I set up facing west and hoped for a brilliant sunset. As the sun was setting, cloud cover obscured the sun and we despaired of capturing worthy images. But nature is unpredictable. This image is one that I like from that afternoon. Tech: 1/1500s, f/4.8, ISO400, D810 with AFS 24-70 f/2.8 at 70mm Some PP done in LrC including straightening the horizon, minor crop, dehaze, shadows and some contrast adjustment. This was amongst the most dynamic images of that day. As the sun set, the gaps in the clouds closed and the sunset faded to boring.

13 comments posted

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
  Posted: 09/02/2020 15:55:14

Paul Smith   Paul Smith
Jerry...Jerry, where has this been? This is exceptional. And thanks for explaining your technique and process.   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:12:46

Darcy Quimby   Darcy Quimby
I love it! Have you thought of entering this in a contest? I love photographs I can see things in if you look close at the cloud features there is a smile there.   Posted: 09/06/2020 15:05:10
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks Paul and Darcy. I have since 'improved' this image with the brush tool in LcR - adding a bit more light to the rocks in the immediate foreground. I don't think it is good enough for any contests but if I can get my act together, I am planning to submit a panel of images to the Royal Photographic Society (UK) this year to qualify for the LRPS designation.   Posted: 09/07/2020 09:35:17

Michael Nath   Michael Nath
Very impressive Jerry! I like the contrast between the dark rocks in the foreground with the fingers of sunlight in the background. Be careful where you add light to the rocks with the brush tool. Since the sun is providing backlight, leave the shadow in front of the rocks. You have plenty of detail on top and in front of the rocks.   Posted: 09/08/2020 16:44:18
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Exactly right Michael. The sides facing away from the light source will always be shaded. Good eye - I would not want to pass an editing faux pas past you!   Posted: 09/08/2020 20:29:18

Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
I feel it necessary to repeat the positive comments made above by Paul, Darcy and Michael as I fully agree with them all. I like the way you have captured the light rays coming down from the breaks in the clouds along with the darker portion of the rocks in the lower section. I think your composition is excellent with the sky for the upper third and the rocks in the lower third and then the line of reflection of the sun on the water leading from one to the other. I like the way the line of the reflection leads to the right of the rocks and not directly too them. And I don't think the picture would be the same if you hadn't included the rocks. The focus is, in my opinion, very good with lots of sharp detail. I also think your exposure works well in keeping detail in the surf and adding texture an interest in the lower portion of the image.

  Posted: 09/10/2020 14:06:45

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
I have to say that you guys are all much too kind. I have seen some examples of exceptional photography and my images are not of that calibre. I am working on it, but not 'there' yet. Maybe some day..... right now I am just trying to follow the rule of the "3 Ps" (practice, practice, practice).   Posted: 09/10/2020 15:45:24
Ed O’Rourke   Ed O’Rourke
Jerry, it is my opinion that a successful photograph is capable of evoking strong feelings for the viewer by bringing out memories or stories that specifically relate to that viewer. While it is individual to me your photo does that for me as it brings out feelings of beauty as well as memories of frustration for me. For a period I have visited La Jolla a lot as my daughter went to college there. I got to see the beauty of the place and my daughter actually had a view of the ocean like that from her dorm room. My frustration was that the view from my house was just of my neighbors driveway while she had that kind of view - AND I HAD TO PAY FOR IT.   Posted: 09/11/2020 00:05:46

Jean Wu   Jean Wu
In addition to everyone already said here, as always, you have wonderful shot and post processing!!   Posted: 09/16/2020 12:03:38

Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Thanks Jean. Glad that you liked it. I am considering submitting a portfolio to PSA and I'm also working on a credential from the Royal Photographic Society (UK). The process is quite arduous and the critiques are more brutal than I get from my friends here and elsewhere. If anyone is interested in a fantastic non-credit course, I recommend this
There is an explanation here The next course starts in October. I completed the course offered in October 2018-January 2019 and found it very worthwhile.
  Posted: 09/16/2020 18:43:15

Jeff Coyle   Jeff Coyle
I love the sky. The sun rays really make the photo.

I would like to see more detail in the rocks, and this would be a nice candidate for a long exposure. You would get a nice reflection of the sunlight in the smoothed out water.

  Posted: 09/19/2020 08:08:23
Jerry Paskowitz   Jerry Paskowitz
Jeff, I agree and I have since added some light to the surfaces that could have been illuminated by the sun. A longer exposure would likely not have worked since the clouds were moving quite quickly, but a composite may have done it. Alas, that was not an option since my tripod was left in the car. Thanks for your critique.   Posted: 09/21/2020 07:54:01


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