Larry Crook  

Southern Oregon Coast by Larry Crook

July 2021 - Southern Oregon Coast

July 2021 - Larry Crook


About the Image(s)

I wanted to try some long exposure shots of the coast so my wife and I went to Bandon, Oregon. The weather was sunny and bright but the wind was constant and near gale force. The only place I could find that was out of the wind was at this viewpoint, near Brookings. I used my tripod with my D750 Nikon, 28-300 zoom set at 28 mm, and a 10 stop ND filter. F16, ASA 200, time = 10 seconds.

I opened the NEF file in PS and used SEP3 to convert to B&W. I looked at some of the presets and then started with the neutral file and made my own adjustments. I also had to use the clone stamp in PS to remove many, many spots from the water spray.

7 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
I think the long exposure worked well, I especially like the waves higher up on the shore. The composition works well with the shoreline coming in from bottom left and leading up to the was stacks. The water was smoothed out just enough to leave some action detail. I also like the angle and inclusion of the foreground to give a base and perspective.

I think the sky got a little messed up in the B&W version.   Posted: 07/01/2021 15:39:19
Larry Crook   Larry Crook
Thanks. To be honest, I didn't put much work into the sky - I was focused on the rocks and water. I'll work on the sky next.
  Posted: 07/03/2021 13:31:09

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Larry, I really love the tones that you captured. Outstanding conversion.

I am wondering as I look at the image if everything is slightly leaning to the left? I put a sheet of paper on the top edge of the water and it is leaning to the left. What gave me the reason to look is the tall trees on the left side seemed to be leaning?

Sometimes when converting color to B/W the skies can look pixelated? A slight blur could be use on the sky only if it bothers you.

Your range of tonality is just super duper! Right on. Jerry   Posted: 07/01/2021 16:02:04
Larry Crook   Larry Crook
Thanks, Jerry. There was a fog bank offshore that made it hard to see the true horizon. And the trees don't necessarily grow to a true vertical due to all the wind. When I opened the file in Camera Raw I checked the profile correction box (in Optics) and then I checked the 'Auto' box for the geometry correction but the program said nothing was needed. No matter what I did manually something looked wrong. I finally decided that I wanted the tallest plant in the foreground to look vertical. But I agree that overall it looks like the horizon is not level.   Posted: 07/03/2021 13:43:52

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
Your scene you have chosen is very nice and is a lovely spot to take images. Your original is nicely taken but your conversion is exceptional. The detail and tones you have pulled out of it are immense. Watch your sky, you are on the edge with that and if you look closely you will see some deep lying dust spots. Striking image.   Posted: 07/14/2021 14:39:59

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Great location and most apt for a mono fine art image. The conversion is good, but there is an issue with the sky that can be easily corrected as I see good tones in the sky with the original. Probably a mask there would help. The tonality makes this image striking. Good light to you Larry.   Posted: 07/23/2021 15:31:32

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
I was in my kitchen to comment this picture and I had quite difficult to understand the comments and to appreciate the picture. I said there is a problem, there is certainly too much light. I moved to another room with less light and your image is just great. I agree with the comments.
I like the tones and the composition ("lines" from the upper left).
The time of exposure adequate, we can see it on the water and waves, without being a very long time exposure.
Image well equilibrated.   Posted: 07/27/2021 08:53:36


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