Karen Botvin  

Driftwood Beach by Karen Botvin

January 2022 - Driftwood Beach

January 2022 - Karen Botvin


About the Image(s)

The first image is the finished image. The second is the original with a few edits.

This image was taken on Jekyll Island at a beach called Driftwood Beach. Although these trees are not really driftwood, this deforestation is a result of all the hurricanes and other storms as they come around the top of the island. For miles and miles, one can walk along and see nothing but dead standing or fallen trees and roots. I shot this image around mid-day with a ND filter. I made a few adjustment under the Basic tab in Lightroom. I sent it over to Nik Color Efex Pro through PS plug-in where I used the detail extractor. Then back into PS where I added a mask to remove the effects in the water and some of the clouds. I took it back into Nik Silver Effects to add a silverish hue and the edging. As always, comments are welcome.

12 comments posted

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
I love it--good example of how the tones work well in monochrome. I feel the position of the tree in your frame is well balanced with the trees on the left and the small pile below those trees. Beautiful shot, and I would love to go to Jekyll Island. Is it overcrowded with photographers?   Posted: 01/07/2022 11:42:46
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much, Shirley! No, there are photographers there but the beach goes on for miles, so it's fairly easy to get away from others. I've seen some great sunrise photos there, but it's just a bit too far from my house to get there before sunrise. I have to plan an overnight at some point. If you come in, there's hotels on the island and there's also a nice boat ride out of there. Driftwood beach is at the north end of the island. There's only one way onto the island through Brunswick, GA.   Posted: 01/07/2022 14:28:51

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
It is nice monochrome picture.   Posted: 01/10/2022 17:21:59
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much, Hung!   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:24:17

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Very interesting use of Silver Effex. The silverish hue is very nice and the vignette adds to the 3D effect. But it was a very good shot in the first place!   Posted: 01/10/2022 17:56:10
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks, Piers! Means a lot.   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:24:57

Jim Wulpi   Jim Wulpi
I, too, have been to this beach. I loved it. I've seen a few instructional videos shot on this beach at sunrise, and mid-day with long exposure to smooth out the water/waves. Most of my images were shot out towards the water, but I also loved being able to do more close-ups of the weathered wood grain and texture and shapes.
I love your image and the BW treatment. So, I'll have to rethink my strategy next time I encounter this type of scene.
Since my visit to Jekyll Island a few years ago, I've learned of other, similar shorelines scenes on the east coast: Botany Bay in SC, and Big Talbot Island SP just outside Jacksonville FL. (Not too far from you). They're both on my new Photo-Bucket List.   Posted: 01/13/2022 19:57:48
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Yes, Jim, this is a very cool beach! I have been to both Little Talbot and Big Talbot. Both are nice but smaller than Jekyll. Actually, Boneyard Beach on Big Talbot was closed for awhile because of hurricane damage. I have a trip planned there in Feb with our local Audubon. I'll let you know how it is. Thanks for your comments!   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:29:51

Jaqueline Whalen   Jaqueline Whalen
Karen, what a super image! I think you did a great job with the tree and it is positioned perfectly. I am going to check out Nik Color Efex Pro. I am completely unfamiliar with it and would be interested in learning more.   Posted: 01/14/2022 09:58:10
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thank you, Jaqueline! Yes check out the Nik software. It's got a few different modules that lets you really get creative with your image. If you follow anyone on YouTube that uses it or some of the folks that offer photo trips, you may be able to pick up a discount code.   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:34:21

John Roach   John Roach
(Group 64)
Wonderful tonality   Posted: 01/16/2022 11:20:41
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much for visiting our group, and your comments on my image are much appreciated!   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:35:31


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