Barbara McDonald  


Oregon Stacks by Barbara McDonald

September 2023 - Oregon Stacks

About the Image(s)

This image is from a photo tour on the Oregon Coast in September 2017
Nikon D750, 70-300mm lens @ 102mm ISO 100, f16, 1/80

As I have lost the original RAW file I am not sure of my initial adjustments. Now that I know a little more about Lightroom I have added a total of 3 masks, one to pull out the sky,and one each for the rocks/stacks. With the 3rd set of rocks on the right side I had no success. I kept those in because I did not like any of the crops that I tried and I liked the balance.


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8 comments posted




Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
Beautiful image Barbara. I wonder if this is in the vicinity that Peter's image was taken from last month? I do have two suggestions to enhance it a little more....Do a straighten skyline on your horizon. I think it is a little tilted. And second, your filter on far left rock does not have enough feathering on the brush and you have some of your lifting of the shadows on top left overlapping your water giving it a halo. I went in and I think Straightened it and I ended up with a small brush and just darkened the water a little to get rid of your halo. Very minor adjustments but things that any judge would pick up. This is an image worthing saving and being very proud of! Nicely done!
  Posted: 09/11/2023 12:51:50
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Barbara McDonald   Barbara McDonald
Thanks, Sherry. Appreciate your help. Sometimes I just don't see tilted horizons.
lol.   Posted: 09/12/2023 11:12:20
Sherry Icardi   Sherry Icardi
I know exactly what you mean....I pick them up on others easily, but on my own images it is harder! This one is also very difficult to pick up because of the large rock splitting it in two. Ian is the master of dirt specks....the past two months he's found things I've missed! And it's not like I don't check....but the brain shuts down I think!
I also didn't mention how beautiful the lighting is on this one. That sky is spectacular!   Posted: 09/13/2023 13:04:06



Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
The time of day here Barbara really boosts this image and gives it some mood. That lifts it from being just another seascape. I normally prefer some movement in the water, but at this particular time, the water wasn't doing all that much, so your shutter speed was quite appropriate. Well done. And no dust spots ;)   Posted: 09/25/2023 03:05:52



Gary Jones   Gary Jones
A very nice image Barbara. I like the sun setting over the sea stack and you've done a nice job of reducing some of the shadows on the sea stack so it's not just a silhouette. I also had not noticed the slight tilt of the skyline, and often overlook that correction. I've enjoyed seeing the Oregon coast in these postings and will put it on my list of places to visit.
  Posted: 09/25/2023 08:46:31



Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Barbara - this is very nice. I have reservations for the coast next June and looking forward to the trip. You have given me more inspiration!   Posted: 09/29/2023 14:53:09



Dhananjay Rao   Dhananjay Rao
Beautiful composition and sunset shot. Overall lighting, Sky colors, and the movement in the water seem just right. Super shot!   Posted: 09/29/2023 18:14:55



Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Very beautiful sunset image. Beautiful sky and colors. The composition is also very nice. I would recommend straighten the horizon. Sunset in Oregon Coast is always beautiful and amazing. Well done.   Posted: 09/30/2023 12:36:18