Bob Wills  

Long Beach  by Bob Wills

June 2021 - Long Beach

About the Image(s)

I took this image in Long Beach, WA with a Nikon D800, 24-70 mm lens @24 mm. ISO 100, 1/10 sec @f18.
I was looking for reflections and I thought the sky and light were worth an image. I processed the raw image in LRCC, PSCC and Luminar AI. I cropped, lens corrected and sharpened, and balanced the tone in LR. I removed a ton of footprints too. In PS I used Luminar as a filter, editing the colors and details more. I added a curves adjustment in PS then returned the final image into LR for export.

7 comments posted

Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Hi Bob, welcome to 96, and thanks in advance for all your efforts as administrator. This is an interesting image. It has strong leading lines in the sand bringing the viewer to the center of the frame. It also showcases interesting textures both there in the sand and throughout the image. The sky exhibits strong tonality and color contrast.

It would be interesting to see the original image and to better understand how you've shifted the hues overall. It's a different look you've created - were you looking to create a less natural interpretation? Also, I wonder if you could have composed a bit differently so we would see a little more of the rocks on the right? The rocks mirror the shapes in the sand - a strong point - but at the edge as they are, they tend to draw one out of the frame.   Posted: 06/06/2021 15:17:51
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks for the welcome. I no longer have the original images, but this is the HDR made from three raw files, probably in PS. I had forgotten that it was also flipped. The natural colors are not indicative of how I feel when I return to the ocean, so I seldom leave them be. What sand there is in the NW seems bland to me after living in CA for much of my Navy and Marine Corps career.   Posted: 06/18/2021 10:45:20
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Robert Atkins   Robert Atkins
Thanks - good to see the original even post HDR. There is a lot going on so I agree you need to crop. I played around with tighter compositions on the sand but didn't find anything that grabbed me. I actually liked something I found with the rocks better. I took the liberty of adding a little dramatic light to the crashing wave.   Posted: 06/18/2021 14:51:37
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Cheryl LaLonde   Cheryl LaLonde
Hi Bob. Welcome to our group!

When I view this image the sand and the foreground in the image are the focal point to my eye. Would a longer exposure smooth out the sky and background water which seems to draw my eye due to having such high frequency detail? Also cropping more of the sky out may bring the eye to the foreground subject.   Posted: 06/12/2021 16:29:43
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks, Cheryl. I do think that much of the sky is redundant and without interest. Skies are probably not the strongest supporting feature in my area.   Posted: 06/18/2021 10:49:05

Dan Mottaz   Dan Mottaz
Hi Bob, welcome to the party!
This is visual Metalica. From the color tone, to what Cheryl calls "High Frequence", you have an loud, hard driving image. Jack Dykinga talks a lot about the sound of an image. Were you trying to scream through your photo?
The kind of photography our group studies is Land, Sea and Cityscapes. In my opinion, 'Scapes' photography is about our interpretation of a scene based on our feelings and emotions. These things enfluence how we see.
Your photo goes way beyond reflections. To me, it's gritty and perhaps angry looking. Its narrow color palette reflects a single minded determination. What did you see before you made the capture and subsequently processed it? Do you feel that it accurately translates your feelings at the time?
There's a number of elements that make me think this way: The two opposing triangles formed in the sand create an intersection that holds my eye. Was this intentional? Then the horizontal detail in the waves. Above, there is the somewhat softer clouds sweeping crossed the frame pointing to the rocks that fall off the page. Finally, there's that aggressive warm tone.
To me, this is a story about anguish and conflict. If this was your aim, you were very successful.   Posted: 06/13/2021 14:39:01
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thank you, Dan. I have never been subject to such a thorough analysis of my work. You bring great insight and a wealth of knowledge into your comments. All your comments are accurate, as far as I understand myself. Do you charge for couch time? You set a high bar for this group. I'll attempt to bring my A game, although I may not actually have one.   Posted: 06/18/2021 11:00:44


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