Matt Beyer  

Rocks On The Shoreline by Matt Beyer

November 2020 - Rocks On The Shoreline

November 2020 - Matt Beyer


About the Image(s)

This is another image from my visit to the Great Salt lake. I found the muted organic colors and the textures really captivating. As the sun began to set, the warm light started creating some great shadows and brought out the contrast in the scene. I shot with a relatively wide aperture to keep the focus on the foreground and allow the background to gently fade out of focus. I think if I were to do it over, I would probably go with f5.6 or higher to extend the area in focus a little more because I think it falls off too quickly at f3.8. I edited the raw file in Lightroom to restore the warm colors and accentuate the contrast.

Image details: Fujifilm X-H1, XF55-200mm @ f3.8, 1/125s, ISO 100

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6 comments posted

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
Matt your picture fits right in with Autumn. Your capture and port processing of the warm browns, reds and golds are wonderful. The placement of the foreground rocks is spot on. I like that there are clouds in the sky to give it some texture and interest. I also like the interest brought out by the out-of-focus mid-ground rocks and shoreline. I do agree with you that a slightly smaller aperture would have included the foreground rocks with their warm sunlight on it as part of the area in sharp focus. My eyes are drawn to this lighter area in the photo and then they are disappointed with it being out of focus. Since you are shooting digital you may want to take multiply shots of your landscape scenes with different setting so that you have a higher chance of getting what you want. Speaking from experience, this is sometimes hard to remember to do in the heat of the photography moment, but an important lesson. For example, a very small aperture setting that captures the entire scene in focus would allow you to add a Photoshop Vignette with only the warm sun lite rocks in focus and the rest of the photo slightly out-of-focus.   Posted: 11/03/2020 10:26:10
Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
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Nice job on this image review. It is thoughtful and through. You certainly identified all the potential issue. Well done.   Posted: 11/08/2020 11:30:43

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
Hi Matt, I love this photo and Thorro has articulated very well everything about your photo. You have done an outstanding job in editing the photo. The only suggestion I have is maybe crop a bit of the right.   Posted: 11/04/2020 20:16:56

Matthias Haug   Matthias Haug
Hi Matt,
as Sophia suggested I would crop it a bit on the right side.
Moreover the next I would try a focus stacking as the grass behind the first rock is a bit blurred.   Posted: 11/08/2020 10:45:40

Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hello Matt,

Everyone has been very thorough in their suggestions. My feeling was the image was bottom heavy, so I did a pano crop of your image to see what it would look like and feel like. No other changes made to your submission.   Posted: 11/10/2020 09:00:02
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Else Seligmann   Else Seligmann
Hi Matt, love the light and warm colours. I would also crop a bit at the bottom of the pic   Posted: 11/17/2020 23:36:14