Brad Ashbrook  

Driftwood Beach by Brad Ashbrook

October 2021 - Driftwood Beach

October 2021 - Brad Ashbrook


About the Image(s)

This was photographed last month while camping on vacation on Jekyll Island Georgia. This was a sunrise shoot but ended up being pretty cloudy. This is 2 shots blended together with Aurora HDR and then edited in Capture One to create a good tonal range. Then opened up Photoshop and Nik Silver 3 was used for the black & white conversion. Found a preset I liked, made additional edits and finished with a slight copper tone and small vignette.

8 comments posted

Renee Schaefer   Renee Schaefer
This image is great. I wouldn't change a thing. Fantastic job.   Posted: 10/06/2021 15:42:10

Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Wow. Very dramatic presentation, and what a good choice to go monochrome. I didn't know there was a Nik Silver 3...and I love the coppery tone.   Posted: 10/08/2021 15:56:16

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
(Group 3)
Brad, your shot caught my attention as I was perusing this month's images. Absolutely stunning! I've just started playing around with monochrome HDR to bring out a broader range of tones. You've really done an amazing job.   Posted: 10/11/2021 16:37:04
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Thank you very much!   Posted: 10/11/2021 17:10:26

Becca Cambridge   Becca Cambridge
Love this especially how the cloud formation draws eye to driftwood focal point.   Posted: 10/12/2021 13:55:34

Jon Allanson   Jon Allanson
I like your monochrome conversion of the image and the way that you have enhanced the ripples and reflections in the water. Though I usually quite like to see the softening of sky clouds due to use of a long exposure, I feel that you have over- blurred the ones in this image, as in the original image the already created a gentle lead in to the driftwood.   Posted: 10/13/2021 04:27:08
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
The effect on the clouds is due to the 2 shot HDR technique.
I could blend in a single image of the clouds converted in Silver Efex with the same settings.   Posted: 10/13/2021 10:17:25

Danny Dunne   Danny Dunne
A good image with patterns, lines, light and contrast all working well. The driftwood stands out well.   Posted: 10/14/2021 05:48:25


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