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Big Sur Sunset

Posted by
Scott F. Schilling (San Martin, United States) on 25 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is one of my favorite areas of coastline along the Big Sur Coast - this is located along the southern section of Big Sur, a little bit north of the Jade Cove area. I think it has some of the most incredible seastacks I have seen, and I enjoy the drama of this stretch of coastline. Sometimes when you take a photograph - things are stressful and hectic as the light is changing and the wind is blowing you over and the lens keeps getting wet! Then you look at the work when you are done processing and everything looks so calm and peaceful - this is how I felt while working on this photograph. The wind was howling at this sunset and I kept getting spray all over my lens - I had to keep wiping and fogging the lens with my breath so I could wipe off the salt - a difficult situation. My polarizer salted up first - I had to remove that and was down to my last hope - the regular lens - then I had to try and hold my hand over the lens between shots with my lens cleaning towel - it was raining salt water. I tried to go with a little bit longer exposure on the shots to get more of a feeling of the motion - This was one of the more challenging photo sessions I have had the pleasure of attempting - However, here is my attempt at a "fine art print" image from the adventure.

marie from perth, Australia

Hi Scott, what a great attempt this was...... I think it is awesome. (What software do you use) I love the effects. The colours and the tones are brilliant. Another wonderful job.

25 Mar 2009 5:16am

@marie: Marie, thanks for the comment! I used Photoshop CS4 for the masking work and final color work - I used Nik Pro-Sharpener software for the sharpening and Nik Viveza for some lighting and color tone adjustments - a great program!

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Absolutely a painting.

25 Mar 2009 5:35am

@Suzanne: Suzanne, thanks for the comment - good to hear from you!

shroom from DFW, United States

Yeah, this is a really fine one. Your nemesis, the salt spray, seems to be lit up exquisitely above the wavetops.

25 Mar 2009 6:06am

@shroom: Thanks for the comment - and yes I was pleased with how the blowing water lit up in the sunlight

Khorshid.~ from teh, Iran

Nicely Done!

25 Mar 2009 7:03am

@Khorshid.~: thanks for the comment!

Arantza from Menorca, Spain

Nice photo that I love, I want to make a well :) jajaja

25 Mar 2009 8:22am

@Arantza: Thanks for the kind words!

Laura from Birmingham, United Kingdom

Thanks for the technical detail, the shot looks beautiful and effortless but I'm sure an enormous amount of work went into it.

25 Mar 2009 10:20am

@Laura: Laura thanks for the comment and yes this one was a bit of work.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

FINE ART it is, and none of the salt spray shows at all. <grin>
This is perfect material for those inspirational/motivational posters you see, Scott ... a true gem and worth all of your efforts! BRAVO.......

25 Mar 2009 10:38am

@Judy: Judy, thanks for the comments and have a great day in beautiful Florida!

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

OK, now you are really starting to annoy me:) I have been one-upped in my backyard! Do that again, I'll have to ... well, I'll think of something. LOL.

This is really good, and the processing is just fabulous.

I know what you mean about braving the elements down there. I ended up buying sensor cleaning equipment as lens changing became such a problem in that environment much to the horror of my camera shop that was shaking me down at $50 a shot to clean the sensor.

Keep up the great work.

25 Mar 2009 1:12pm

@MontereyJohn: Thanks for the kind words - I am going to keep my eye out for a man with a baseball bat along the Big Sur Coast! I am going to have to figure out a good way to keep things clean in ocean spray.

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Terrific shot of a terrific place, Scott! The blur of the water is incredibly beautiful. And the foreground with its superb detail thoroughly grounds your photograph. Another bravo!

25 Mar 2009 3:32pm

@john4jack: Thanks for the kind words!

Don Smith from California, United States

I see you made it back to Pacific Valley - I'm assuming over the weekend with the storm light. Great job Scott, I concur with all the praise so far. As you know, I was there in December shooting for my e-book. I cannot believe how far north the sun has moved! As for the effort, I also find that the more difficult the elements, the better the image. Gary Hart talks often of the 3 P's of landscape photography with PAIN being one of them. You put up with the pain and made a spectacular image.

25 Mar 2009 3:38pm

@Don Smith: Don thanks for the kind words - I think that sometimes one of the 3 -P's may also accidentally stand for Profanity!

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Oh Wow! Supremely beautiful capture! Great demo on HDR too!

25 Mar 2009 4:01pm

@Pavan Kaul: Thanks for the comment!

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

You really scored on this one, Scott. Magnificent!

25 Mar 2009 5:23pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Wonderful, all is perfect, composition , blur of water and the light... a real pleasure for our eyes !!

25 Mar 2009 5:30pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

Love the orange and blue tones. Perfect complements. Nice work.

25 Mar 2009 7:30pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Veru good color and composition, itps really a colorful a vivid photo. The rock in the center and the waves compose very well.

25 Mar 2009 7:51pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Gorgeous, Beautiful, Stunning, Fabulous! Every time I see another of your works I am just blown away. This one just might be my favorite to date- Something about it just all comes together for me.

25 Mar 2009 8:19pm

Jen from St. George, United States

Wow, I got stressed out just reading about your experience! Funny, in contrast the resulting photo is utterly peaceful and relaxing! :)

25 Mar 2009 9:26pm

Tony Duque from Raleigh, United States

Definitely one of your best, Scott... which, as all your fans know, is saying something. The golds with the blues make it for me... and the wonderful contrast between near-shore energy and distant tranquility, ocean and sky. Just terrific, all the way around. Thanks for sharing your great eye and Perseverance!

25 Mar 2009 11:11pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

what a great effort this is! fantastic - all the things you had to go through paid of handsomely! the light is stunning and the detail is just amazing! the scene feels very "live" just as if i was there right now, basking in the golden glow - great work!

26 Mar 2009 2:05am

DaveB from Exeter, United Kingdom

Wow, this is absolutely magnificent, great lighting and colours in this one! How do you find CS4 Scott, I use CS3 and am considering an upgrade

26 Mar 2009 3:10pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Awesome image! How long was the exposure?

28 Mar 2009 2:37am

@PD: Thanks for the comment - This was 1/20" shutter speed at f/22 - 17-35mm wide angle lens Nikon

Mozhde from mashhad, Iran

wow! what a wonderful image! I appreciate your photoes actuially. if I were there, I did buy that for myself and enjoyed it alot :)

28 Mar 2009 12:09pm

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

This is what happens, I'm away from my computer for a few days and apparently I miss Scott posting some unbelievable work during that time. Bravo for your effort and results on this shot. I've said it before and I'll say it again, your work gives me something to aspire to. Keep it coming!

29 Mar 2009 12:00am

pascal from bollene, France

it's me, again......great job....I'm fan.......

5 Dec 2009 5:43pm