Remembering Atlantis

I have a love/hate relationship with this photo. This is a 190 second exposure, past sunset, and the rendition below is an attempt to combine color and minimalism – to try and break the dogma of “long exposure = black & white = minimal” (read both ways). I do have plenty of color long exposures in the “Chromasea” gallery – but most of them hardly qualify as “minimal” I think…

Is it successful? I don’t know… I really spent hours working with this photo, trying to bring out its quality, and when I’m satisfied and let it “ferment” a little bit and come back to it later, I hate it. And then I tweak it more and it doesn’t go anywhere, so I revert all changes and go back to where I was “satisfied” before… I think I should simply let it alone now and cement this particular look, by publishing it here. :-)

Remembering Atlantis -- Windansea Beach, La Jolla, California, United States
Remembering Atlantis — Windansea Beach, La Jolla, CA. March 2014.

I made the photo yesterday evening when I met some photography friends from Google+ in real life, at Windansea Beach in La Jolla. Lisa (the kind soul that brought us together yesterday – thank you!) and Garry are locals whom I’ve met before, Max and Larry were visiting from the Bay area. It was a fun evening, the waves were pretty good and some big sets where crashing onto the rocks at Windansea with might, sending the spray flying what must have been 12-15 feet into the air (and none of that is visible in my photo). The power of the ocean is fascinating – especially so from the safety of the shore. ;-)

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