Steve Sampliner  

Everyone Needs a Beach Day by Steve Sampliner

June 2021 - Everyone Needs a Beach Day

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iPhone 12. ISO 32, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/10800. Why submit this image? When I do an image Google search for "camels", I get "camel in the desert" over and over. The consistent repetition of an image creates an expectation, a bias and in some ways creates its own truth. I grew up with the image in my head of camels wandering barren desert sands in search of an oasis or bedouine tribes and camel trains crossing the Saharan sands of Morocco. It has taken me a long time to get a photo of camels enjoying a beach day. Usually when I walk on the beach, I don't have a camera with me. Under normal circumstances, I would be at the university teaching when the camels come down to the beach, which is usually around 10am. On other occasions, the camels will leave the beach as I approach. So it was a very unique occurrence that allowed me to get this photo. The camels actually snuck up behind me while I was searching the shore area for baby sharks, guitar fish and spotted eagle rays. I have learned that this is normal behavior. Whenever the camels are brought to this beach area to graze, they will stop by the beach and enjoy a little time in the water.

3 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Steve, thank you for sharing this unique nature photo. All photographers love to find an "S" line from foreground, bottom left to upper right in the distance. Well done, great capture.
There is a way to reduce the harsh contrast of mid-day sun on a bright beach in Photoshop. I suggest lightening shadows and dimming highlights. I also suggest that you crop it using the 16:9 format for landscapes, eliminate unneeded sky and water. This takes the "S" from the above the bottom left corner up to the horizon on the right and let the cloud line take your eyes back to the top left. Let me know what you think. Jim   Posted: 06/01/2021 08:26:17
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Steve Sampliner   Steve Sampliner
Hi Jim. As you noticed I didn't do any post-processing on the image. I was interested to see what others would do with it. I love using 16:9 and it looks great with this image. I'll run it through LR in a few days and post it. We can compare notes on how we approached the image.
As for getting the "S" line, really just luck. It was so bright that I couldn't see the phone screen. It just looked black. There was so much hope going on at the moment that one of the images would contain the entire scene. The goal was to capture the expanse of the environment. I think that goal was met.   Posted: 06/01/2021 08:35:22

Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
Nice photo Steve. I like the calming colors of the landscape. The line of waves act as a leading line. Jims's suggestions have improved the photo. I might also increase the saturation a bit.   Posted: 06/13/2021 23:06:04


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