Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA  

Playa Del Silencio by Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

June 2022 - Playa Del Silencio

June 2022 - Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA


About the Image(s)

One of several beach areas we stopped out while in the Basque area in Spain. While the weather was constantly changing, and we had some drab grey skies, this sky had potential character, and I liked the lighting on the water. Due to the big dynamic range, I used Aurora HDR on three exposures, and some local maskeg in LR. The main exposure was 15 seconds at f11 to smooth out the rough water, using a 10x neutral density filter.

5 comments posted

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
I like the overall feel and edit (incl color balance), however I think that maybe the highlights are made a little too bright (especially on the rock at the left side of the image), but that might be taste. I am not sure, but I feel that the highlight on the rock at the left side of the image might take a bit too much of our attention, so maybe darkening it down a bit might be better. Or else you could crop it a bit on the left side.   Posted: 06/07/2022 04:03:53

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
The use of the neutral density filter has achieved your aim of smoothing the water. There is just enough movement in the water to lead my eye through the composition.
The bright area in the cliffs does not bother me too much. Overall, a good composition despite the adverse weather conditions.   Posted: 06/08/2022 10:56:17

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
Very nice landscape shot, enhanced by the slow shutter speed and the HDR. I wouldn't change anything in terms of composition. I agree with Anges that darkening the left rock will contribute to a more balanced image.   Posted: 06/08/2022 17:57:13

Andy Patterson   Andy Patterson
Nice scene; I do like the amount of smoothing you did using a long exposure--even with such a long exposure it still looks quite natural, no doubt because of the distance. Although it does not bother me enormously either, I would tone down the "slide" on the left a bit--it grabs the viewer's attention first, and that is not where you want it.   Posted: 06/09/2022 22:28:02

Andy Patterson   Andy Patterson
I just noticed the original (I am a little slow today apparently)--what a transformation! That is something I have learned over time--that an apparently "blah" image can really be transformed if done correctly, which you did.   Posted: 06/09/2022 22:29:57


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