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Coastal Contemplation
Coastal Contemplation

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Challenge: The Letter C (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Location: San Clemente, CA
Date: Aug 21, 2011
Galleries: Portraiture, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Aug 21, 2011

[Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:06:18 PM]

Well, that's the last time I do THAT!!

This was the idea I wanted to shoot all week, but didn't get around to. Then I remembered we were having a family thing on Sunday afternoon in San Clemente (near the beach), so I thought: perfect! Then we got in the car and the traffic was HORRID. We got there a few minutes before sunset. I ran in, I waved hello, then rudely ran out towards the beach, dragging my nephew-in-law with me. The beach/light/sky/water/everything was perfect and beautiful. Took a bunch of shots. Run back, and socialize a bit, although time is ticking. By now it's about 8:30, but as everyone had gone back into the house, I could now fired up my laptop (which I'd brought with me, just in case...LOL!), did some quick editing while also carrying on small talk with our (neglected by me) hosts. Even had WIFI at my disposal to connect! But I kept screwing up the resizing and DPC was acting slow (it being near rollover and I'm sure I wasn't the only one uploading at the last minute...). Took three tries, but finally got it uploaded with about 4 minutes to spare. Then I get home and see that giant PIMPLE in the middle of the sky, where the sun should be...

Live and learn.

Incidentally, this is my first challenge with my new camera and new lens. I LOVE that lens!!!!

Convert from raw
layer of SEP
dodge a bit
save for web

[Aug. 22nd, 2011 12:35:28 PM]

Man. You can even see the sun problem from the THUMBNAIL!!!! *sulks*

[Aug. 26th, 2011 02:47:03 PM]

Voters are being incredibly generous for this horribly flawed image. This is what it was SUPPOSED to look like:


Place: 79 out of 174
Avg (all users): 5.7143
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7595
Avg (non-participants): 5.6481
Views since voting: 310
Views during voting: 246
Votes: 133
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/26/2011 11:13:31 PM
There's a lot to like here, but the rendering of the sun is hideous. You could have just let it blow out and that would have been OK...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/25/2011 05:22:59 PM
Um, not sure what happened to the sun there? It's now a ball of grey?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/25/2011 10:30:35 AM
I absolutely love this photo. However the person in the frame subtracts so much of the emotion for me. Had it simply been the water alone, I would have rated this photograph quite a bit higher. *6*
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/25/2011 08:35:39 AM
When processing, make sure to watch out for strange colors near the sun. See those grey circles? Those likely came from bumping up recovery or highlights too much.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/23/2011 05:03:54 PM
the color waves off the sun are distracting from an otherwise stunning picture
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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